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Students' editorial cartoons from 1961 discuss the possibility of a north campus expansion. Students' editorial cartoons from 1961 discuss the possibility of a north campus expansion.
 


Decades Ago at San Diego State

A look back at President Malcolm Love's calls for campus expansion in 1961.
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With the university celebrating its birthday in March with SDSU Month, it is a perfect time to launch this new series presented by the SDSU Library's Department of Special Collections and University Archives. "Decades Ago at San Diego State" will take a look back at news and topics of note from archived issues of The Daily Aztec, providing a glimpse of the university's past. 

In March 1961, San Diego State College President Malcolm A. Love proposed an expansion plan for the campus, which included the construction of new buildings on the north side of Interstate 8 (click on links to view archived clips online).

Student editorialists and cartoonists at The Daily Aztec were taken with the idea of a seemingly distant "North Campus," speculating on what campus life would be like on a much larger campus, as well as the practical implications of constructing a pedestrian and vehicle viaduct over the freeway. One student speculates with great prescience, "it may be a long time before the project is begun."

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