Events include: Civil Rights Movement, release of the birth control pill, Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War, Cold War, rise of feminist, counter-culture, and anti-war movements, Woodstock, Stonewall riots, first moon landing
1963: Congress passes the Equal Pay Act, making it illegal for employers to pay a woman less than what a man would receive for the same job.
1967: Affirmative action is expanded to cover discrimination based on gender, ensuring more educational and employment opportunities for women.
Mother Cottey's House Razed
The old Cottey house, where V.A.C. Stockard's mother lived, is razed to make way for the new library.1 It was 71 years old, having been built in 1891.
Ross Memorial Library
Black students attend Cottey for the first time. Dr. Dow tells the Lions Club (with typical rhetoric for the time), "The college struggled in theory with integration for years and now has two Negro students from Arkansas. Both students are fine citizens and do excellent college work."3
February: 75% of the senior class votes to "retire the duck and the duck jacket as symbols of senior superiority," although this number does not seem to reflect the general opinion of seniors on traditions and the duck.4 Most duck jackets are confiscated and shipped to the Appalachian mountains, although a few are saved by alumnae. Hermann the Duck, the class mascot, is banned from campus until 1971.
Students vote to replace Cottey’s World University Service (WUS) participation with a "Campus Chest Fund."3 Thus, WUS Week becomes Quad-C (Cottey College Campus/Community Chest) week.
Students protest the removal of Cottey's trees along Austin Boulevard (Highway 54), which is being widened from two to four lanes. A handful of seniors discuss chaining themselves to the trees, but decide to picket at the front of P.E.O. Hall instead. They are ignored, though, and the paving continues.
Lodge Burns Down
February: B.I.L. Hill Lodge mysteriously burns down, and a new one is erected the following winter.
Improvements are made all over Cottey campus.5 A projection booth is constructed in Rosemary Auditorium for Sunday night movies. P.E.O. Hall's parlors are decorated in blue and white. Iowa, Pope, and Cal-Weller suites are redecorated and refurnished. "IBM machines" are installed in Main Hall, and a new biology lab is opened.
Juniors Become Freshmen
Cottey juniors become "freshmen." The cSc (Cottey senior class) and fcc (freshmen Cottey class) acronyms and insignia are adopted. The new class colors are navy blue for seniors and "baby blue" for freshmen.
Cottey Sign Torn Down
November: Vandals tear down the sign at the entrance to B.I.L. Hill ― the second occurrence in six months.10
Cottey changes its calendar so that first semester ends before winter break.
Students Protest the Ousting of Professor
Although such a meeting might remove the air of suspicion overhanging the dismissal, it would also serve to further alienate many of the students from the administration. . . . The effects of a public meeting with the students might also conceivably harm the petition of my case to [an] organization concerned with professional ethics – an appeal which I assure you will be made.8
[No record of such an appeal has been found to date.]
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