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a journalism student at UNM from 1968-72, I learned and
experienced the meaning of press freedom. Those were volatile days
of protest by students against the Vietnam War and UNM
actually closed down for a week after the shootings at
Kent St University in Ohio (“Four Dead in O-hio!). But
those of us on the Daily Lobo staff continued to
publish and the administration let us. UNM Ferrel Heady was
a great man who listened to faculty and students who,
like me, had the draft staring at us after graduation.
Others simply didn't wanted the war to end. But I
digress. The journalism department at that time as led by
Tony Hillerman who went on to fame as a mystery
writer. He was a good teacher and role model for
journalism. John Hightower, a Pulitzer Prize winner taught the senior
seminar. James P. Crow, was a former Gannet Newspaper reporter
and editor, taught beginning reporting and interviewing. All are long
gone now but they were very approachable and helpful to
us. Better yet, they nor the administration never interfered with
the Daily Lobo. In fact, they lauded us for our
audacity and fairness in the reporting.
The UNM campus
was going through a lot of growing pains at that
time with about 13,000 students. The campus had little of
the landscaping you see today and new construction was constant.
The Pit was still new and Lobo basketball attendance led
the nation for years. Although my freshman year was a
near disaster, my overall experience at UNM was among the
best of my life.
I am disheartened to read
so much negativity from current UNM students on this site.
It's been forty years since I walked the campus as
a student so, sure, things must have changed. Maybe the
academics have slipped judging from the spelling and grammar of
many of those comments. Maybe budget cuts and large class
sizes have damaged access to learning. Maybe the $6000+ resident
tuition is too much for too little. (I paid $155
for fall semester 1968). If a UNM education has been
diluted, that's a bad thing. I, for one, will never
forget and cherish my degree from the UNM “back then”.