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Notes on articles from the
West Chester State College (Pennsylvania)
student newspaper, 1968

by Jim Jones

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West Chester University was known as West Chester State College from 1960 to 1982, and the student newspaper was called the Quad Angles (later shortened to The Quad in 1967). This file contains notes on some of the articles that were published in the student enwspaper during the school year.

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"Housing: a perpetual problem at West Chester" in Quad (September 17, 1968), 3

"The college's only way to alleviate this problem [housing shortage] has been through campus extension residences." The newest one is at Memorial Hall, a former hospital now used for female students [JJ: located in the 300-block of N. Walnut Street, 11 blocks from campus]. The college operates a shuttle bus to take them to campus. Meanwhile, the Mansion House Hotel still houses 11 female students, mostly transfers. The college also has two men's dormitories and 22 men's extension residences. Sanderson Hall for men is expected to be ready by the fall of 1969.

"Council formed to improve human relations" in Quad (September 24, 1968), 1

West Chester State College formed its own chapter of the Human Relations Council.

Maureen Morley, "Student's protests bring change at Cheyney State" in Quad (September 24, 1968), 1

The state of Pennsylvania gave $22 million for development at Cheyney State College including new buildings and new courses including "African American studies."

"Greeks start rushing for first time on campus" in Quad (September 24, 1968), 1

Nine local sororities and six national fraternities began to seek pledges at West Chester State College. The fraternities included Lambda Chi Alpha, Sigma Tau Gamma, Theta Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Pi Lambda Phi and Phi Epsilon Pi.

Editorial, "A summer's death for faculty-student union?" in Quad (September 24, 1968), 2

This editorial reported on the demise of an effort begun last spring to create a faculty-student union. The author noted that faculty-student interaction has declined over the years as West Chester State College expanded. The best interaction continues over lunch at the "PiG" [JJ: Purple & Gold, currently occupied by Dynamic Student Services on Linden Street] where young faculty members and students still mingle.

Marie Grogan, "The anti-heroic knights still ride with colors" in Quad (September 24, 1968), 4

This is an article about an interview with John Merlin, a member of the Warlocks Motorcycle Club who gave a lecture at a Temple University sociology class.

"Fraternity Row: possible solution for overcrowding?" in Quad (October 1, 1968), 1

Bob Meko, the president of IFC, heads a 7-member committee that is seeking off-campus housing. Borough building inspector Vernon Smith reported on a meeting that included Borough Council members, West Chester State College representatives, and other officials for "talks aimed at setting up a fraternity house district." Meko said that "the town is still against the idea." Such a change would require a zoning amendment and a public hearing.

Editorial, "Women's rules regarded as degrading" in Quad (October 1, 1968), 2

This writer argued that there are no equivalent rules for men. Under the current rules, women have to sign in and out of their residences, leave the name of their escort, the time they expect to return, a way to reach her off-campus, the mode of transport, etc.

"Swope Scholarship Announced" in Quad (October 1, 1968), 3

This is a list of the winners of the annual Swope Scholarship, which was first offered in 1963. It also mentions that Charles Swope Jr. is president of the West Chester State College Board of Trustees. [JJ: Swope became president of the First National Bank by the 1990s.]

David Wilcox, "Campus Collage" in Quad (October 1, 1968), 3

This column lists all kinds of different things from other schools including an item from Bloomsburg State College which refused to grant diplomas to two students (and a teaching certificate to one of them) who produced an undergrond newspaper called the "Gadfly." BSC gave as reasons "emotional stability," "personality traits," "lack of high moral and ethical standards of conduct as involved with their participation in Gadfly." The students got the ACLU involved, and the BSC faculty voted to allow one of the two to graduate. The other was not allowed to graduate because he failed to complete an assignment.

"Men's Dorm to Play the Field" in Quad (October 1, 1968), 5

The Cubic Construction Company of Cherry Hill (NJ) is presently building Sanderson Hall, a 400-bed facility, on the site of the old soccer field. The company has been awarded the contract to build another dorm of the same type and size.

"State gives college its largest grant" in Quad (October 8, 1968), 3

According to Charles Swope, president of the Board of Trustees, the State of Pennsylvania has agreed to give West Chester State College two grants. One, worth $337,725, will pay for the new library, salaries and parking on North Campus. The other, worth $655,233, will pay for items on South Campus. The details are available in the "Hilbush Report" (named after a member of the Board of Trustees), which was made public at the Wednesday, October 2, 1968 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

"Co-op living, alternative to absentee landlordism?" in Quad (October 8, 1968), 5

A story from the "College Press Service" reports that there are more than 200 student-run cooperative living arrangements in the USA. An organization called the North American Cooperative League helps to promote them, and recently HUD gave a grant to a cooperative for the first time ($1.5 million).

John Mervin, "Freedom! That's what it is" in Quad (October 8, 1968), 5

This article describes the attractions of off-campus housing. It mentions that Jerriann Loose, Lyn Fry and Dotty Winger live at 340 W. Washington Street.

It includes extensive quotations from Dennis Haggerty, an art student who lives at 212 W. Gay Street. He said "You can tack anything to the wall you want, and more important, you don't have to share the bathroom with 37 guys. It's quiet here and I like to create, it's my `thing' and in the dorm this is impossible." He went on to say "I like it here. I don't make any noise, so those old neurotic ladies downstairs don't have any complaints."

Pat Rankin and her roommates paid $155/month, put $600 in escrow and had to carpet 80% of the floor in order to rent an apartment at Rosedale Apartments. The article mentions one roommate, Nancy Reber, and quotes Rankin as saying "You have more freedom, no hours, no restrictions, more privacy and independence, which I think is of major importance. The phone is a convenience, but the woman across the hall always complains about the record player." Nancy Reber added "Which reminds me. We let water overflow one night and it seeped through the floor and damaged the two apartments below -- which was just an accident, but we received a bill for $48 worth of repairs from the people across the hall. How do you like that?"

The article concludes by saying that while the writer was there, a cast iron room partition fell over with a loud crash.

Judy Melman, "Anti-riot amendment denies federal funds" in Quad (October 15, 1968), 1

The US Congress recently discussed an amendment to a bill that would deny federal funds for two years to any student or college employee who was convicted of a crime related to civil disobedience.

"Task Force Document" in Quad (October 15, 1968), 3-4 & 6

This article contains the complete text of the task force document on student rights, which reaffirms off-campus student rights.

"Rampage 1968 ... biggest ever!" in Quad (October 31, 1968), 3

The winners of the Rampage weekend house decorating contest were "Brandywine," "1895 House," and "Williams House." [NOTE: Quad for October 27, 1968, page 1, described the house decorating contest. The goal was to create decorations for the theme "Curtain Call Broadway."

Diane Grundy, "Comment ... NAACP, the way it is" in Quad (November 5, 1968), 2

This article says that West Chester State College has only 2% black students.

"Administration announces additional appointments" in Quad (November 10, 1968), 4

The history department added F. J. Crowley, Charles H. Stewart, M. L. Michael Kay, and Howard J. Burgwyn as associate professors; Anne D. Sessa (Dzamba) as an assistant professor, and Leroy H. Carter as an instructor.

"In loco parentis considered at Forum" in Quad (November 19, 1968), 1

The "College Forum" hosted a panel discussion featuring West Chester State College President Earl Sykes, history professor Clifford Harding, Saul Greenberg and [IGA President] Gary Dolomite. Joseph Moser was the moderator.

"Centrex System to be installed on Dec. 23" in Quad (December 17, 1968), 3

West Chester State College received a Centrex telephone system that allowed outsiders to dial directly to phones within the college. The new number of West Chester State College information was 436-1000.

"Letters to the editor . . . on the Board" in Quad (February 18, 1969, 2

Bill Holland wrote that students were prevented from entering an "open" meeting of the Board of Trustees on January 15, 1969 to discuss the selection of the next West Chester State College president. The meeting was chaired by Charles Swope. Holland referred to an "unprecedented show of disregard by Honorable President Swope and his conspiracy."

Leith Anne Foltz, "And you'll never walk alone again?" in Quad (February 18, 1969, 8

This article refers to "Brandywine" [JJ: 221 N. Everhart Street, owned by Anthony Stancato] as a women's dormitory where "nobody would walk all the way out there unless he was crazy about the girl."

"Rent increased" in Quad (April 22, 1969), 12

Dormitory rent for campus residence halls and college extension housing was scheduled to increase next fall from $144 to $180 per semester. Meal ticket prices will remain the same ($180/semester), so the total cost for a semester will rise from $324 to $360.

"Shafer names Rossey next college president" in Quad (May 6, 1969), 1

Pennsylvania Governor Shafer named Paul W. Rossey as the next president of West Chester State College. Rossey, aged 42, was a former superintendant of schools in Nassau County, NY. Chairman Swope said that the Board of Trustees' vote was unanimous.

"Agreement with black students reached Sunday" in Quad (May 6, 1969), 1

As a result of this agreement, a planned demonstration was cancelled.

"A Student for Decency's view" in Quad (May 6, 1969), ?

This article describes the formation of the "Students for Campus/Common Decency" at West Chester State College as a conservative alternative to the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Student Activist Committee (SAC).

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