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grads getting all artichoked up - Phoenix Gazette 15-may-1974

Two musically-inclined SCC students, supporting Artie the Artichoke as our mascot and upset over sports expenditures they deemed excessive relative to the budget for academics, cut a single intended to be given out as a gift to graduates in the Class of 1974? 

"Artichoke Hymn (or Her)" (backed with "The Artichoke Fight Song") was recorded and pressed, but not distributed, due to many logistical difficulties.  

Artichoke Hymn (or Her)
(G. Dugan, W. Hegarty)

They gave us bad publicity. 
We didn't want a fight. 
When we were the majority,
they told us they were right.

Don't be such a meanie,
oh administrative genie. 
Would they say that you're a weanie
if this school were pink and white?

You ask us why we are so upset. 
It's just that we can't grasp
why in our school's priorities,
books and labs are last.

Article originally appeared in the Phoenix Gazette, May 15, 1974.

SCC 45th Anniversary LogoScottsdale Community College opened at its present location in the fall of 1970, with an enrollment of 948 students. The college currently serves more than 9,000 full and part time students each semester.

Scottsdale Community College primarily attracts students from its surrounding communities, including Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, however, increasing numbers of students commute from other locations for signature programs like Culinary, Film and Theatre, DJ/Turntablism, CIS, undergraduate research and others.  With a student population that closely mirrors the diversity of our service area, the college also attracts students from other countries and is a welcome environment for students of all ages and cultural backgrounds.

An important part of the college’s history is encapsulated in its mascot—the Artichoke. Born during a period of student unrest in the early 1970s, Artie the Artichoke was adopted as the school’s mascot to express a difference of opinion concerning budget priorities. Originally intended to be a source of embarrassment, Artie has been embraced by students, athletes, staff, and the community as a beloved character.

Scottsdale Community College is the only public community college located on Native American Land and continues to offer a dedicated student service program geared to the unique needs and interests of our Native American students.