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Pulling out the dusty, bound, old editions of Campus Press from years’ past yields interesting and sometimes weird information. Here’s a look at what happened this week in history.
27 years ago: April 11, 1980
The Campus Press felt it was important to give advice to underage drinkers. Boulder Police Officer Mike Pease said “the use of false identification cards is a huge problem in Boulder.” Bars such as Anthony’s Garden, Harvest House and Dark Horse were cited as places that underage drinkers usually got caught using those “false” identification cards. Other tips the bars offered for underage drinkers: go when it’s busy and know if the door checker accepts money and drugs on a regular basis in exchange for admittance.
22 years ago: April 11, 1985
The CIA was on campus for three days recruiting CU students, and many students were not happy. Protestors held non-violent rallies for three days and believed that the CIA was “guilty of promoting and condoning murder, rape and arson in Central America.” After crossing police lines to try and make an illegal citizens’ arrest on the recruiters, 314 protesters were arrested and charged with attempted interference with CU faculty, staff and students.
19 years ago: April 11, 1988
The women’s rugby team suffered its first loss of the season, losing 26-4 to the Denver women’s club. The Rainbows (the name of the team) played the game on Farrand Field despite wet and muddy field conditions and occasional snow fall. “They were stronger than us,” said CU player Lorie Lockwood. “One mistake and they were able to capitalize.” Sounds familiar…
12 years ago: April 13, 1995
Campus Press offered a new feature in the entertainment section: News of the Weird. Although none of the “news” happened at CU, it was indicative of 1995 at the very least. Some examples from the 11 briefs: women filed lawsuits in South Carolina and New York over injuries suffered in public restroom mishaps. One woman claimed a toilet shattered beneath her, resulting in a back injury when she fell. The other woman blamed a McDonalds for having an unsteady seat, causing her to be “thrown” against a wall. She injured her arm, shoulder and chest.
A 15-year-old was charged with murder after shooting the owner of a liquor store who refused to give the boy change for a dollar. The victim’s last words were “What do I look like, a bank?”
And finally, the Headcorn Parachute Club in Kent, England won a lawsuit against the estate of a deceased member. They claimed that the dead woman damaged their plane when she accidentally fell into the airplane’s moving propeller.
9 years ago: April 9, 1998
Ralphie IV was introduced to the community and was beginning her training following the death of Ralphie III in January. Ralphie III died of natural causes. Ralphie IV, whose real name is Rowdy, was 11 months old when she arrived from Ted Turner’s ranch in Montana. Turner donated Rowdy to the school because he felt “she no longer served much of a purpose” on his ranch. Rowdy had a tough first 11 months of her life. She was abandoned by her mother when she was one month old and shortly afterwards was attacked by a coyote. Some ranch hands found her and saved her but she never bonded with the herd and was raised alone. Rowdy was 400 pounds and 4 feet tall when she arrived at CU. Teq (Ralphie III) was 1,300 pounds.
Contact Campus Press staff writer Ashley Herzberger at email@example.com