About This Journal
Free! is a short lived literary-art magazine that was published by the University of Northern Iowa Board of Student Publications in 1973.
According to an Northern Iowan article published in March 1973, the debate over the continuation of the magazine began shortly after the publication and distribution of the initial issue in February 1973 due to budget decreases.
The UNI Social Research Center conducted a campus survey, A Study of Student's Attitudes Towards Free Magazine: Final Report, that involved approximately 10% of the student population. According to the Director of the of the Social Research Center, over eight hundred questionnaires were sent out and only 27% were returned. Based on the survey results, it was recommended to cut the Board of Student Publication's budget which resulted in the cancellation of the magazine.