Today in NC State History: Start writing checks for Agromeck

December 3, 2014
By Chris Saunders

historyIconThe dispensing of the Agromeck has been an annual tradition since it became NC State’s yearbook in 1903.  It was that year that the publication’s first board of editors promised that every year the annual would, in fact, improve.

“Thus we have labored on and finally produced this work, which will doubtless make the world stand aghast and amazed at its wondrous contents,” they wrote in the first edition. “Surely, this is a wonderful book, not so much because of what it is itself, but because of the conditions under we have labored. We have no old, tried and trusty hand to guide us through the intricate labyrinth of blunders. For this reason we will be grateful if you are lenient in criticizing. …It is our earnest hope that the other volumes of THE AGROMECK will be produced, not like this one, but better. The class of ’03 has set the pace — let the classes hereafter follow suit.”

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The 1975-76 Agromeck, which was the first edition for which NC State students had to pay to receive a copy.

But it was on this day in 1975 that it was announced that the 1976 Agromeck would need a form of help no previous edition had received to continue to keep pace: money.

“A few weeks ago, the Publications Authority, upon recommendations from Agromeck Editor Teresa Brown, decided that each student wanting the yearbook would need to purchase it at the low, low price of just $3,” read an article in the Technician. “And compared to other campuses, that amount of money for such high quality is nothing to get upset about.”

The yearbook’s annual budget had grown to $40,000 by the mid 1970s, and those costs could not be offset by the publications authority any longer.

Since that first year the yearbook cost $3, the price has gone up to $68.25, which is what the 2015 edition will cost a student.

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