Clipper Rewind: Stories From the Past

As a Publication That Has Been Around for 76 Years, There Are Many Stories That Deserve to Be Shared Again : Here Are a Few of Them


Clipper 1970

Pre-schoolers were also invited to the 1970 Christmas party, where mothers watched over them while they picnicked and enjoyed the festivities.

Stories are an important part of any gathering. For instance, when everyone is together, celebrating the new year, what are you going to talk about while waiting for midnight? Thanks to EvCC’s Clipper archives, here are three stories worth brushing the dust off of.

Christmastime: Dec. 11, 1970 

Christmas is a Holiday celebrated by millions every year. With holiday spirit, EvCC had a Christmas party in 1970 which included ice carvings and music. The Clipper covered the festivities and got all of the exciting details. Here’s the Dec. 11 1970 coverage of the event:

“YOUNGSTERS SAW Santa in bookstore conference room, but, suspended from the ceiling as he was, there was no climbing into his lap.” Says Willie Moberg, student author of the original 1970 article. Pre-schoolers and college students enjoyed the festivities alike. “The First 21st Street Vaseline Blues Grease and Jug Band assisted by the Freak Groper Chorus, was perhaps one of the most popular happenings at the festival.” Says the article. “Students spread ice pieces to form an infinity symbol on the grass between the TUB (Trojan Union Building: now Parks) and the Bookstore Conference Center…the festival was a success and went smoothly for everyone except for one student: ‘Where on earth is the typewriter,’ questioned Associated Women Student Regina McCune as she prepared to sit at her office desk ‘…It’s not that I’m concerned that it went to the Freestor (another club), I just wished I could have used it for a few minutes before it went!”

While Christmas parties aren’t held on EvCC Campus anymore, there are still many fun events held during the end of winter quarter. The Art Club and Student LIFE hold several events that are open to all to enjoy and are a bit more organized than this seemingly wild party! To learn about some of these events check the Campus Calendar at

Jan. 15, 1988 

Washington state’s Puget Sound Region is known for its Native-American history and museums that showcase their past. In January of 1988, one of the largest Native-Amercan villages was excavated by a former EvCC student, and The Clipper wrote a full page article on the matter.

Clipper 1988
930 artifacts were recovered at the Hibulb village in 1988 by sifting through the muck by several researchers.

“Current excavation of an Everett historical site thought to be the Hebolb (now Hibulb) – the ancient and principle winter village of the Snohomish Indian Tribe – is due in part to the work of former Everett Community College student John Mattson.” Starts Chris Hudyma, student author of the original 1988 article. “No one before Mattson ever tried to protect the Indian site which may be up to 11,000 years old.” According to the article, John Mattson had believed the site was there since eighth grade. “In ‘74 they found enough evidence to think the area was a sufficient find but the commitment wasn’t there; no government agency or private company wanted to spend the money,” explained Bob Overstreet, one of the Everett city council members who recommended the site be tested.

23 years later, the Tulalip Hibulb Center opened and now displays some of the 930 artifacts recovered from the area near current Legion Memorial Park. Today there are several signs on display at Legion Memorial Park informing park-goers of the historical Native American village.  


MLK Day: Jan. 18, 1991 

To some, Martin Luther King Jr. is one of the most important people in American History. To honor and celebrate his works, America views his birthday as an important federal holiday.  

“A number of events are being held from January through the 25, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and Human Rights Week.” Says Lisa Branley, student writer of the 1991 article. “In honor of the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., EvCC will present Maya Angelou, voicing contemporary literature, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the West Coast Everett Pacific Hotel Ballroom. Angelou’s Presentation will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a performance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Choir.” Credit for all of the activities was not all due to one person. “This has been the biggest project that I have ever taken on as Lecture Series Coordinator, and I am very thankful for the Human Rights Week Committee whose work and dedication has made the event possible,” Explained Jon Nehring,  “I hope it serves its purpose to the student body on human rights and provide a celebration in honor of Martin Luther King and Human Rights Week in general.” 

Although right now it’s too early to know what it may be this year, EvCC usually hosts one or many events to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Check the EvCC Campus Calendar for updates on this  

Check out the slideshow below for a small slideshow of photos from Clipper’s past.