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The "Campus Ghost" column started its run in a March 1936 issue of the weekly State College Aztec, a predecessor of The Daily Aztec. The "Campus Ghost" column started its run in a March 1936 issue of the weekly State College Aztec, a predecessor of The Daily Aztec.
 


Decades Ago at San Diego State

A look back at the student newspaper's gossip column in 1936.
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With the university celebrating its birthday in March with SDSU Month, it is a perfect time for 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. 

Ever feel like you're being watched on campus?  

Seventy-five years ago students and faculty alike were being watched… by the Campus Ghost.  

The March 1936 issues of the State College Aztec ran the "Campus Ghost" column on the society page of the paper. This "ghost" used witty and clever descriptions to report on the often silly and absurd activities of unsuspecting students, such as a student running into a fire hydrant, an egging at a theater performance and the general kafuffle of co-ed dating (click on any link to see a "Campus Ghost" column). 

The "Campus Ghost" kept students on their toes and made sure that all the best gossip made it to the printed page, to the great entertainment — and sometimes dismay — of all Aztec readers!

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