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Northwest became a university in 1972, reflecting the vibrant growth and tremendous change the school had undergone since World War II. But the 1970s saw decreased enrollment and a devastating fire in 1979 that severely damaged a campus icon, the Administration Building. The aftermath of the fire could have crippled and even crushed Northwest, but instead like the legendary Phoenix, Northwest rose from the ashes to soar into a new millennium with a commitment to quality, increased enrollment, a winning football team, an innovative notebook computer program and unstoppable optimism.