It has been called the “Enigma,” “Campus Free Press” and “Crow Creek Gazette,” the latter referring to the dirty creek running occasionally though the southside of town. In 1976, the student newspaper at Laramie County Community College was changed to “Wingspan” by Jeanne Uphoff and it has stuck ever since.
Wingspan has achieved multiple milestones throughout the years. In the fall of 1988, Wingspan became one of the first student publications in the nation to be desktop published completely.
In May of 1995, Wingspan became the first student newspaper in Wyoming to have an online website, thanks to the efforts of editors Vicki Cox and Jessica English.
Laramie County Community College will celebrate its 50 year anniversary since its founding in the fall of 2018, while Wingspan will be celebrating its 42nd.
Wingspan, in its 42 years of existence, has published stories praising the mullet hairstyle, debates against the use of DNA in law enforcement and its threat to the public’s privacy, construction of the Albany County Campus in Laramie, construction of a new residence hall, and the renaming of two buildings on campus, among many others.
In 2001, mullets surfaced as the hottest trend since Napster. An article written by Jamie Cousins in the March 2001 issue of Wingspan discussed the origins of the mullet and its different styles.
The mullet has many different fashionable styles, like the skullet: a balding man who still wears a mullet with a ponytail in the back to cherish what he still has left. Perhaps the bowlet: quite simply a fantastic bowl-cut with a mullet added for spice.
In 2003, Kevin Wingert designed the centerspread of the April issue. “DNA’S EDGE,” the headline read, with the subhead “Law enforcements’ greatest crime-fighting asset also poses a potential threat to public’s privacy.”
Wingert, who discussed the benefits of DNA in police work and the accuracy of DNA matching in cases, also discussed the negatives in regards to public safety. The American Civil Liberties Union claimed that DNA gathering of American citizens could violate privacy rights and lead to greater forms of abuse.
Feb. 13, 2006, the centerspread of the February issue read, “State-of-the-art facility to host open house in Laramie.” The headline was in regards to the unveiling of the brand new Albany County Campus in Laramie.
The new campus was designed to be extremely energy efficient as well as being student friendly and aesthetically pleasing. Inside the building were several ideas to keep the cost of energy down.
Low-emissivity windows trap heat better in the winter as well as cool air in the summers. Twenty-six air pumps regulate the temperature inside at all times to save on overheating. The ACC also had a wind turbine to turn the ever so lovely Wyoming wind into energy.
“The energy efficiencies in this facility can be a teaching model for Wyoming,” Dr. Eileen Ely, dean of the Albany County Campus, said.
Flash forward to the fall of 2006, the first semester where students could live in the highly anticipated new residence hall. Serinda Patras, the photography editor for Wingspan at the time, wrote about the new residence hall.
New furniture, new televisions, computer labs, classroom areas and a great new addition in the form of air conditioning were appreciated by students. Giant glass windows on the south side of the building gave the hall some warmth while having a modern look, similar to the Albany County Campus.
2006 was an important year for other LCCC buildings. Emma McClure, the deputy managing editor at the time, wrote a story in the September issue with the headline, “Buildings dedicated to honor contributors.”
The first building that was to be renamed was the “Ludden library,” named after Randall and Yvonne Ludden due to their generous donations, effort and financial aid to the college during the past three decades.
In another ceremony days later, the business building was unveiled with the new name “Andrikopouloses Business & Technology Building,” which was amed after Anthony and Barbara Andrikopouloses. These buildings were named after these people to honor them for the assistance they have given the college throughout the years.
Keeping the idea of expansion in mind, in the fall of 2006 right after the new residence hall and ACC were constructed, the college started a bond issue in hopes of finding $14.3 million for a new health sciences complex.
Unlike the 2017 bond issue that was voted down by the public, the bond issue for the new health science building passed in the November vote and would lead the charge as LCCC’s 20/20 vision.
The LCCC student newspaper has documented some of the most monumental moments in the college and the city of Cheyenne’s history with the help of dedicated student reporters and designers.