Close your eyes and for a few moments, take a quick trip with me back to 1968. Could you visualize it? Even if you were born after this time, the history of the ’60s is a pretty dominate part of the story of social culture. Colorful time, wasn’t it? The Vietnam war was in full swing, people young and old were taking to the streets to protest an unjust conflict, Nixon was about to become the 37th president, and the planet was in peril from a polluted and uncaring world. Yet all this trouble, all the gloom of an unsettled global social climate, was seemingly balanced by the small things people managed to value in their lives. A good education was one of these things.
And being in school was not just a way to get out of being drafted or meeting suitable marriage partners. It was also a way of making life meaningful when everything outside the campus gates seemed to be falling apart. The students of the day were determined to change the world… and this is what they did.
The 1968 Tower Yearbook focuses on the student of this period, the way they looked, played, studied, and dreamed. The attention here is on those who worked to make sense of a senseless time, to gain knowledge that would allow them to make changes and help create the future we know now. They paved the way and redefined dedication, honor, and freedom. And while they may look and dress and communicate differently today, that drive and quest for knowledge still defines what being a UDM student really is.
Contribution by Linda Papa, Digital Technician