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The All State turns 85 years old

Nov. 26, 1930 marked the first publication of what would become an 85-year tradition at APSU.

The All State has published every Wednesday of the academic year at APSU through the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, among other major world events.

The All State precedes almost every other organization at APSU, including the Student Government Organization.

The first publication featured an introduction to the campus community explaining who The All State staff was and the mission of the paper.

“So much happens at [APSU] that a paper had to be organized to tell outsiders of its activities,” the inaugural edition read.

The All State Adviser Jake Lowary flips through the archives with a student on Monday, Nov. 23.
The All State Adviser Jake Lowary (left) flips through the archives with a student on Monday, Nov. 23.

The paper was sponsored by Professors Felix Woodward and Louise Jackson. The paper printed every two weeks and sold copies for 25 cents.

The first Editor-in-Chief, Malvin Utleye played football for the Governors and had a staff of 17 people: Three associate editors, one sports editor, two associate sports editors, one joke editor, two feature writers, two class reporters and six business staff.

A year’s subscription sold for 75 cents according to the Student Publications website at apsu.edu/student-pubs.

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The All State celebrated its 85th anniversary on Monday, Nov. 23, with cake, refreshments and displays of the archives dating back to the inaugural edition on Nov. 26, 1930.

“Halbert Harvill, then dean at APSU, submitted ‘All State’ in the contest held to choose a name,” the website reads.

To celebrate its birthday, The All State will be hosting a table in the Morgan University Center displaying archives of past editions with opportunities for free The All State bags and pens.

The All State will further celebrate their 85th anniversary with a special edition and event in the weeks preceding the Southeast Journalism Conference held from Feb. 18 through Feb. 20 at APSU.

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