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Spirit Magazine Cover, January 1979

The variety of the headlines found on this cover of the January 1979 issue of Spirit Magazine reflect the many concerns of the York College student-run publication. Framed as hopes for the upcoming year, the magazine calls for: a continued fight against racism in the U.S. and abroad, better counseling at the college for academically struggling freshman, and the construction of a new college campus.

Featured perhaps most prominently, the call for a new campus was hardly unique to 1979. Plans for construction were announced as early as 1972, however, the city's economic woes delayed development forcing the college to rely on a scattered mix of rented and owned properties in Jamaica, Queens. It was not until 1986, twenty years after the college's founding, that the school opened the first of its permanent buildings on its present campus. 

Spirit Magazine, a self-described "third-world publication", was the creation of York College students and reflected the concerns and priorities of the college's large black student population.

Creator | Spirit Magazine
Date Created | January 1979
Rights | Obtain From Spirit Magazine
Item Type | Text (Newspaper / Magazine / Journal)
Cite This document | Spirit Magazine, “Spirit MagazineCover, January 1979,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed May 24, 2019,

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