November 26, 1973.
On this day, The IUPUI Sagamore of November 26, 1973 presented on its front page an advertisement for the IUPUI Readers Theatre production of George Orwell's allegorical novel, Animal Farm. Performances were to occur on Friday and Saturday on the following weekends in Lecture Hall 100. Perhaps optimistically, a notice in the student newspaper read: "The show will be free, but all seats are reserved." A photo on the front page had below it, "Napoleon for President." This referred to Napoleon, the pig in Animal Farm with dictatorial tendencies who declared, "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
The Sagamore was published by students of IUPUI. Its pages reflected the thoughts, attitudes, and anxieties of students of its time: sex, sex appeal, and being outrageous for its own sake. But the newspapers' pages were more than a forum for awkward youth to show off. The Sagamore was read by all on campus. Evidence of that appears on the "IUPUI Billboard, which was "a weekly listing of important calendar items and official university notices of interest to the university community." Along with meetings of such student groups as the "Jesus Student Fellowship," the "Muslim Student Association," and the "History Club" were notices for faculty administrative and committee meetings, board meetings, conferences, symposia, and more. Moreover, professors wrote letters to the editors to comment on editorials or make their own thoughts known. Everyone cracked open the student newspaper.
What's more, its pages were full of advertisements for local housing, record shops, stereo equipment, abortion services, movie theaters and concert venues, clothes, you name it. The Sagamore was read, and merchants wanted its readers to see their advertising.
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