1985: Colleges, and Individual Students, Struggle With AIDS

April 17, 2016

50 Years of Covers

In November 2016, The Chronicle of Higher Education will mark its 50th anniversary. To lead up to the occasion, we’ve chosen front pages featuring some of our reporting on key events in higher education and capturing the zeitgeist of the nation’s colleges and universities over the years.

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HIV/AIDS, which had begun its spread, received major coverage in The Chronicle, notably in two articles by Lawrence Biemiller. The first reported from the University of California at Berkeley, where three people had died after contracting AIDS, others were being treated, and the university was working to develop policies for dealing with "complex logistical and philosophical questions" about the disease. Mr. Biemiller followed up with another story (above), an account of the lengthy relationship of two lovers as one of them was dying of AIDS. Both of them had dropped out, Paul because of his declining health and Terry so Paul could spend his last days at home. Months later, Terry returned to class and volunteered to participate in the university's AIDS-education efforts. In 1994, Mr. Biemiller wrote about Terry again.