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Nov 02 2015

Ed Caram’s Photographs Captured Campus Life​ ​in the Seventies

Coach Norm Sloan cutting down the net after the 1974 NCAA championship win

The photographs of Ed Caram (BS, Horticultural Science, 1973) have recently been made accessible and discoverable.

Caram, a photographer for the Agromeck and Technician while a student at NC State, covered Wolfpack football, soccer, swimming, track & field, and basketball—most notably the 1974 NCAA Championship team that included David Thompson, Monte Towe, Tommy Burleson, and was coached by Norm Sloan.

Caram was also an important documenter of NC State’s campus, including the building of the original Talley Student Center in 1970, aerial photos of the soon-to-be demolished Harrelson Hall, and the Free Expression Tunnel when spray painting was first allowed.

For more information, read the full media release.  Please contact the Special Collections Research Center to view the collection.  Some images taken by Caram can be seen in NCSU Libraries’ Rare and Digital Collections.  Others are shown below.

Talley Student Center soon after opening, 1972

Coach Dean Smith confronted by Mr. Wuf

Protesters marching to the Capitol, 1972

Chancellor Caldwell at a parade

March to the Capitol, 1972

Feb 20 2012

“Totally, truthfully, and faithfully”: The Founding of NC State’s African American Newspaper

Contributed by Samantha Rich

Since 1921, Technician has served as NC State’s primary student newspaper. Although other student publications have attempted to supplement or compete with Technician, such as the State Sentinel (published between 1973 and 1974), none have influenced the NC State community as much as the Nubian Message, described as the “sentinel of the N.C. State African-American community.” The paper has published news, opinion, and entertainment articles dedicated to African American history, culture, and current events weekly since 1996.

Tony Williamson, first editor of the Nubian Message

Tony Williamson, first editor of the Nubian Message

Tony Williamson, an NC State student, founded the paper following allegations from the NC State African American community that Technician was racially biased. Students declared that Technician did not adequately cover news and events for African American students. In September 1992, more than two-hundred students gathered in the Brickyard to burn copies of the campus newspaper. The protest resulted in students’ calls for an African American run student paper, a request that Williamson and his staff fulfilled two months later.

On November 30, 1992, Williamson described the Nubian Message in its inaugural issue as the “media voice” for African Americans at NC State. He also stated his intention to “totally, truthfully, and faithfully . . . cover every aspect of African American life at NCSU” and his hope that the Nubian Message would become “a publication where people can learn about different aspects of [African American] culture, as well as find useful information about State’s campus.”

Initially, the Nubian Message received no university funding and Nubian staff were prohibited from utilizing NCSU Student Media equipment. Due to the lack of university support, Williamson turned to North Carolina Central University for assistance. He credited NC Central’s Campus Echo staff for helping to publish the first issue, “It was a real pain to have to go all the way to Durham to work, but the people at Central were very helpful and understanding. We owe them a lot. If it wasn’t for their newspaper staff, we probably would never have had a first issue.”

Cover of the November 30, 1992 edition of the Nubian Message

Cover of the November 30, 1992 edition of the Nubian Message

Students released the first edition of the Nubian Message on December 2, 1992 in front of approximately seventy-five students in Talley Student Center. The first issue featured articles outlining the history of the NC State African American Cultural Center and the importance of an “Afrocentric Christmas.” Noting the success of the first issue, the University allowed Nubian staff to utilize campus media equipment to publish the paper’s bimonthly issues. On March 9, 1994, the Student Media Authority voted 7-0 to make the Nubian Message a permanent NCSU newspaper.

For more information about the Nubian Message or to view archived copies of the newspaper, please visit the NCSU Libraries Special Collection Research Center. To learn more about African American history at NC State, check out the Red, White & Black app and take a self-guided walking tour of campus.

Sources: Technician (25 September 1992, 4 December 1992, 26 August 1996); Nubian Message (30 November 1992, 10 March 1992)

May 27 2011

J. Edgar Hoover’s Guide to Etiquette

Contributed by Josh Hager

In 1970, campus demonstrations against the Vietnam War had become a constant site of conflict between students, police, and the National Guard, often deployed to keep the students under control. One of the most extreme examples of student protests gone horribly wrong occurred on May 4, 1970, when four students at Kent State University died after National Guard troops fired on assembled students. By the fall of 1970, top government officials feared that the next violent outburst could occur on any college campus. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover attempted to contain these incidents through more direct contact with students.

In a letter sent to all college newspapers through United Press International (UPI), and published in The Technician, Hoover entreated students to avoid using violence as a protest strategy, even while pointing out that student dissent is an important aspect of free speech. His stated concern was that extremists, who had “lost faith” in the United States, would continue to incite violence. Specifically, Hoover warned that several organizations were trying to entice students into their supposedly insidious memberships, including: Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); the Young Socialist Alliance (YSA); the Trotskyist Youth Liberation League; and the Student Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, a “Trotskyist dominated anti-war group.” In this tumultuous political atmosphere, Hoover had an urgent question: How could students exercise their opinions without becoming unwitting extremists?

Fortunately, Hoover himself had the answer: Citing his FBI experience, Hoover provided eight signs to students to help them determine if they are being “lured by extremists.” In the interests of historical knowledge and etiquette in the face of political violence, Historically Stated offers these paraphrased versions of Hoover’s eight tips. We leave it to the reader to decide if emulating J. Edgar Hoover is truly a wise idea.

    1. Do not disrespect your elders. Extremists have no respect for the older generation and will try to make you lose your respect as well. You can disagree with your elders but you must respect their hard work and sacrifices.
    2. Do not buy into the idea that your college is “a tool of the establishment” or “irrelevant.”
    3. Do not abandon common sense in favor of slogans and irrational debate.
    4. Do not become pessimistic and emphasize only the negative of life. The New Left and the SDS fail to see anything positive or constructive, yet America’s strength is in its optimism.
    5. Do not disrespect law enforcement; a police officer is your friend and needs your support.
    6. Do not fall into the trap of justifying any action, even criminal ones, under the guises of honorableness, sincerity, or idealism. An arsonist who justifies his crime through political ideology is still an arsonist.
    7. Do not believe that you, as a student, are powerless to change the United States through its democratic means. The American system is designed so that all citizens can exercise political authority.
    8. Do not demonstrate a lack of intelligence by “throwing bricks” at ideological opponents instead of engaging them in rational debate.