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nce upon a time, long, long ago (10 years ago, to be exact), a little bundle of joy showed up on college campuses across the country. The newborn's name? U. The National College Newspaper.
Over the years, that little newspaper, which originally reprinted top stories from campus publications, has grown into a magazine chock full of irreverant original content and news that really matters to students. In 1995, the magazine spawned a Web site (www.umagazine.com) that features even more fresh information and, this year, a U. TV show will make its debut. We've come a long way, baby – and we can't wait to see what the next decade will bring.

College life is a paradox – the same as it ever was, but constantly changing. U.'s been there for all of it, thanks to the hundreds of student writers, photographers and illustrators who've contributed to our pages. That's right, U. is written for students, by students. And that's one thing that will never change.

So take a load off and join us as we take a look back at the people, news, trends, opinions, antics and more that have shaped college life over the last 10 years. Trust us – this is one history lesson worth learning. And you don't even have to take notes. (Unless, of course, you really want to.)

Trends come and go – that's why they're called trends. Remember these?

  • Lambda Delta Lambda is founded at UCLA, becoming one of the first lesbian sororities in the United States. (1988)

  • The LSAT increases in popularity as 22 percent more students take the grueling test in 1988 than in 1987. What's the big whoop? The increase is attributed to media glamorization of the legal profession through the TV drama "L.A. Law," the Iran-Contra hearings and declining interest in medicine and business. (1988)

  • As more students embrace their cultural identies, the U. of Oklahoma follows the lead of other schools and changes the name of its Black Student Services to African-American Student Services to keep pace with a national movement to distunguish blacks as African Americans. (1989)

  • Tattoos, especially ankle designs, gain popularity among mainstream students. The coffeehouse craze also heats up. (1989)

  • The latest in slang? A sampling of college speak eight years ago according to UCLA's nationally recognized slang guide: (1990)
    • party hat – a condom
    • sadistics – statistics
    • McPaper – a quickly written paper that's not very good
    • breeder – a heterosexual person
    • gonus – a stupid person
    • fake bake – a tanning salon
    • skank – cheap lookin', ugly

  • The political correctness debate rages on college campuses. Some say PC is a new McCarthyism that threatens to redraw the boundaries of free speech, while others call it a much-needed correction of historical oversight and institutionalized racism. Still others say it's a bunch of media hype. (1991)

  • After years of pressure from environmentalists and musicians like Peter Gabriel, The Grateful Dead, Sting, Bonnie Raitt and U2, the Recording Industry of America decides to phase out CD long boxes (remember those?) by April 15, 1993. After that, CDs will only be sold in their non-disposable 5" by 5 1/2" jewel box packages. (1992)

  • Everybody knows the basic smiley :-), so as technology begins to take over college life, it's no wonder that students are finding more ways to have fun with their computers. The most popular emoticons in 1995:

      8:) Bow in hair smiley

      :-)8 Bow tie smiley

      :-! Bronx cheer smiley

      0:-) Innocent smiley

      (-: Left-handed smiley

      :-$ Orthodontics smiley

      @->->- Rose

      =:-() Scared smiley

      :-@ Screaming smiley

      :-8 Smiley who just ate a pickle

      C1 Sombrero smiley

A quick look at hot 'n' heavy sex trends throughout the decade.

  • Flavored condoms get a rise out of students. (1988)

  • Scientists wait for FDA approval after developing the first female condom. (1988)

  • College Condoms enters the market with prophylactics in university color combinations including blue/yellow, blue/red and red/yellow with plans to introduce black, green, orange and maroon the following year. Their slogan? "Make the educated choice." (1988)

  • U. of Chicago scientists develop an abbreviated condom that only covers the head of the penis. (1989)

  • Norplant is introduced to the United States, but collegians are slow to try it because of the high cost ($450 to $750) of implanting the birth-control device. (1991)

A peek into the seedier world of the college drug culture.

  • Cheap, legal inhalents like amyl and butyl nitrate, whip-its, Rush, Locker Room and Medusa are the latest experimental drugs. (1988)

  • Ecstacy replaces cocaine as the party drug of choice. (1989)
  • Acid house movement comes to America, making people wonder whether it's a re-emergence of the drug culture or a legitimate movement of music, fashion, philosophy and social politics. (1989)

  • Toad-licking is the hot new way to get high as students ingest the toxins South American amphibians release as a defense against predators. (1990)

  • Raving goes mainstream. (1993) • Prozac becomes the second most commonly prescribed drug in the country. (1995)

  • The cigar craze light up across campuses. (1996)

  • Legal herbs and herbal extracts like Cloud 9, The Original Herbal X and Herbal Ecstacy as well as ephedera and ephedrine become popular. (1996)

  • Rohypnol abuse peaks as roofies become known as the date-rape drug. (1996)

Anyone who thinks students are apathetic never met these Guiness Book of World Records go-getters.

  • Mankato State U. students break Syracuse U.'s record for the most people kissing at once, when 288 couples lock lips for MSU's Pucker Breaker '90. (1990)

  • Northwestern U. sophomore Eric Freeman enters the record books as the World's Fastest Golfer after he plays 429 holes in 12 hours. (1991)

  • U. of Georgia students Jack Bauerle, Mark Guilbeau, Todd White and Chris Brown break the record for endurance doubles play by gutting out 125 straight hours of tennis. (1991)

  • More than 1,000 students at the U. of Nevada, Reno, drop trow to break Stanford U.'s measly 262-butt record for the most simultaneous moonings in one place. (1996)

If it's happening on campus, you'll read about it right here. From national news that affects students everywhere to spot news from the nation's campuses, U. has covered it all. Just take a look at some of the news stories that made headlines in U.

  • Big Brother watches as students at hundreds of schools across the country, including the U. of Vermont, Colby College, Kent State U. and the U. of Iowa, protest CIA recruitment on campus, charging the federal agency with violating national and international laws. (1988)

  • Cha-ching! New tax laws require students to pay income tax on scholarships, grants and other forms of gift aid in excess of tuition and fees. (1988)

  • Remember glasnost? Eighteen Northeastern colleges warm up the cold war by announcing plans for an undergraduate student exchange program with Soviet universities. In the past, exposing Soviet teens to American college life without political supervision was unthinkable. (1988)

  • Washington State U. offers phone-in registration. (1988)

  • Pennsylvania starts a trend that later sparks national legislation when it passes the College and University Security Information Act, which requires schools to publish crime statistics and rates for the last three years. (1988)

  • Bill Bradley and other former athletes-turned congressmen sponsor the "Students' Right To Know" bill that requires schools receiving federal funds to release student-athlete graduation rates and enrollment information. (1988)

  • A nationwide study finds 3 in 1,000 college students are HIV-positive. (1989)

  • A U. of Arizona study finds that one in four college women will be the victim of rape or attempted rape and that one in 15 men had either raped someone or tried to commit rape. (1989)

  • Chinese students studying in America are afraid to go home following China's execution of pro-democracy activists in the Tiananmen Square massacre. (1989)

  • Collegiate athletic organizations continue to re-examine equal access policies for reporters following a sexual harassment incident invloving a female Boston Herald reporter and several pro football players. The NCAA allows open locker rooms for major college football bowl games and men's basketball tournaments like the Final Four, but doesn't have rules for regular season interviews. (1991)

  • Sit on this: Students from 125 schools participate in a national boycott of classes on Jan. 15, 1991, the deadline the United Nations set for Iraq to leave Kuwait. More than 200 schools hold sit-ins and teach-ins in the first month of the war. (1991)

  • The U. of Connecticut drops its weight requirement for cheerleaders after a former member of the squad challenges the policy's legality. (1991)

  • The national officers of Delta Delta Delta sorority consider legal action against "Saturday Night Live" for its Tri-Delt skit depicting the sisters' phone-answering habits – "Delta Delta Delta. Can I help ya help ya help ya?"

  • An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll of NCAA Division 1-A coaches finds that 71 percent think some form of monthly payment should be provided for their players. (1993)

  • A collegiate sports game is broadcast on the Web for the first time when the U. of Kansas simulcasts a women's basketball game on the Internet. (1994)

  • Shannon Faulkner, the first woman admitted to the Citadel, drops out, citing the stress of her two-and-a-half-year legal battle with the previously all-male military academy. (1995)

  • Marquette U.'s William Gates and Arkansas State U.'s Arthur Agee petition the NCAA to allow them to play college basketball following the release of Hoop Dreams, a documentary about inner-city kids who dreamed of playing in the NBA. Gates and Agee were the subjects of that documentary, a circumstance that left them ineligible to play college hoops, according to the NCAA. (1995)

  • All 18 fraternities at the U. of Colorado self-impose a ban on booze in their chapters following several high-profile alcohol-related tragedies. It's the first campus-wide pledge by any of the nation's Greek communities. The U. of Iowa and Utah State U. soon followed CU's lead. (1995) In 1997, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Nu and Phi Delta Gamma join the already-dry Farmhouse fraternity in pledging to ban booze from chapter houses by 2000.

  • The governors of 11 western states work to establish a virtual U., the first university completely on the Internet. (1996)

  • Four white U. of Texas students sue the university after they being denied admission to law school, saying they were victims of the school's affirmative action policy. (1996)

  • Willamette U. junior Liz Heaston becomes the first female ever to play in a college football game. The soccer player donned a football jersey and kicked two extra points in Willamette's 27-0 victory against Linfield College. (1997)

There are millions of college students but only a few who make it onto the pages of U. Meet some of the students we've featured.

  • U. of Illinois freshman Mike Hayes receives $23,000 in small change after Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene asks his readers to send Hayes a penny so he can continue going to college. (1988)

  • Rodney Mullen, a U. of Florida biomedical engineering junior, wins the world freestyle skateboarding championship for nine of the last 10 years and has a skateboard named after him. He started skating at 10, won his first world title at 13, and racked up 118 world championships in 11 years of competition. (1988)

  • U. of California biophysics major Troy Wilson, 20, records the first photograph of DNA. (1989)

  • Pacific Lutheran U.'s Christian Lucky completes five majors in four years, averaging 26 credits a semester. His degrees? German, philosophy, history, classics and English. (1989)

  • Duke U. law student Andrew Rosenhaus, 22, becomes the youngest agent to represent an NFL player – New Orleans Saints cornerback Robert Massey. (1989)

  • At 39, James Williams is the oldest Greek at the U. of Texas, Austin. The Sigma Alpha Epsilon might have a wife and three kids, but that didn't stop him from rushing or the frat from asking him to pledge when he decided to go back to school and earn his degree. (1990)

  • U. of Akron senior Erika Aldan wins Guns n' Roses' frontman Axl Rose's $425,000 condo in West Hollywood after mailing a postcard to enter a giveaway contest . (1991)

  • Clad only in sandals and a backpack, U. of California, Berkeley's Andrew Martinez (aka The Naked Guy) attracts media attention for his insistence on wearing his birthday suit 24 hours a day. (1993)

  • U. of Alabama sophomore Jason Bohn wins $1 million in a charity hole-in-one golf shoot-out. Too bad the shot makes him ineligible to play college golf, according to NCAA rules. (1993)

  • When Emory U. doctoral student Anthony Ephirim-Donkor traveled home to Ghana to visit his mom, he wasn't expecting much. Imagine his surprise when he was crowned king of Gomoa Mprumem, a small farming community of about 1,000 people. He returned to the United States indefinitely to become a minister and work in the Methodist church. (1994)

  • By the time Michael Kearney was 6, he'd already finished high school. He graduated from the U. of South Alabama when he was 10. Now, at the ripe old age of 11, Kearney is starting grad school at Middle Tennessee State U. (1996)

  • Three sets of sisters shoot it out on the U. of Minnesota, Morris, women's basketball team. Kim and Joy Loughry play center; Julie and Laurie Plahn are shooting guards; and Kari and Lori Kollman have the guard position all locked up. (1997)

  • U. of Georgia art student Joel Respess makes campus safe for the masses as he spends his summer days battling his nemisis, the evil, twisted Lincoln the Incredible Monster (who looks an awful lot like a stuffed pink elephant), thanks to a little help from his Army of Thunder (a bunch of stuffed animals and a pink, bouncing ball).

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