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#TBT: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary by Looking Back

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What is it about anniversaries that make us want to look backward? In this case, it may be celebrating the accomplishments and relishing in the memories of years past. Up until 2003, Salem State published year books called “The Clipper” that documented the students, staff, faculty memories, and highlights of the year. What I liked the most about flipping through the Clippers is that every one is different. Not only are the students different, but also the content and organization change year to year. Here are some highlights:

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In 1971, the campus felt like it was important to ring in the new decade. This seemed like it was a a very cool event!

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These are the events of what senior weekend used to be! How do they compare to today?

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Live music has always been a staple at Salem State.

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SSU Students have always taken advantage of the ocean.

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Arts have also been a cornerstone to an education at SSU. In the 70’s, they held an annual arts festival. Now, we are looking forward to the grand opening of the Sophia Gordon performing arts center.

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The “Footlighters” were Salem State’s dramatic society.

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The Salem State Log in the 1970s.

Were you there for any of these, or remember these memories?

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What could Ellison be? #EllisonCouldBe

The cat is out of the bag, and is all over twitter. Within a few years, the Ellison Campus Center will be receiving the expansion it and the SSU community deserves. However, before Ellison goes under the knife, the architects Dimella Shaffer wants to know what we students really want to see in the campus center. Twitter has been exploding with the hashtag #ellisoncouldbe. Students have been sporting #ellisoncouldbe T shirts, and have been voting via stickers on poster boards for what they want to see. The excitement is growing. Let’s take a look at examples of other campus centers first, to get a feel of what we really could have.

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The Dudley H. Davis Campus Center on the University of Vermont campus has so many resources. The gorgeous building has a game room, a book nook, green roof and terrace, a diversity and equality lounge, fireplace lounge and gallery, art exhibition, Ben & Jerry’s, a farmers market, a bookstore, and more.

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The UC Irvine Campus Center has study places, two food courts with a Jamba Juice, Wendy’s, Panda Express, etc. They also have SGA, student media services, UPS, a pub and more.

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The Reynolds Campus Center at Babson College has an ATM, local merchant carts, a resource room including art supplies for poster-making, coffee and food, printing services, a lounge, and more.

So, what have people been asking for on twitter?

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Tweet us your ideas with the hashtag #ellisoncouldbe!