The more Hantschel learned about the Cardinal’s history, the more she thought, “This is a good story.” She made more contacts while helping to found the Daily Cardinal Alumni Association in the late 1990s, and then, in 2000, envisioning a book, she began to do interviews and archival research. It turned out to be a hell of a story.
“The Daily Cardinal survived two staff strikes,” Hantschel writes in the introduction, “a hostile takeover attempt, a printing press shutdown, a CIA probe, six offices, six dozen leaders, bombs, bullets, tear gas, and death threats.”
There was much controversy over the years, but emotions may never have run higher than after the August 1970 bombing of the Army Math Research Center in Sterling Hall on campus, which resulted in the death of a young researcher. A Cardinal editorial in the aftermath, which expressed regret about the death but cast it against what the editorial called “mass murder” in Vietnam, enraged many. Even The Capital Times attacked the Cardinal in a front-page editorial. Advertisers deserted, beginning a financial decline that culminated years later with the temporary shutdown.
What no one has ever accused The Daily Cardinal of is a lack of passion. Allison Hantschel’s book, brimming with tales of all those young, aggressive, talented, self-righteous, wrongheaded, tireless and hopeful journalists, is itself a passionate work, and rightly so.
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