Places where students could socialize were limited during the early years of the campus. One popular location in 1971 was the Rathskeller, which was located in the basement of Hillcrest Building. The Ratt was a popular location that served alcohol on campus, since the minimum age for drinking beer and wine in Maryland was then 18.
UMBC students John Ridgway and Denise K. Bennett were appointed to one-year terms on the Governor’s Youth Advisory Council, a group established in 1972 by an executive order from Governor Marvin Mandel. The Council was intended to give young people a voice in state government at a time when their voices were heard by public officials mostly during demonstrations protesting against government actions. Among the issues considered by the Council in the 1970s were the problems of runaway youths and lowering of the age of majority from twenty-one to eighteen. Coordinated today by the Department of Employment and Social Services, the group holds at least four meetings per year and takes an interest in such topics such as state higher education tuition and health care for young people.University Photographs, gelatin silver prints; black-and-white photographs.
Nationally-known illustrator Lance Hidy designed the poster commemorating the 20th anniversary of the university. His work is known for its minimal detail and flat, solid colors. The university also commissioned artist and alumna Paulette Raye to create the bronze-cast statue of True Grit for the anniversary, although it wasn’t installed until the following year.