This week in Flat Hat history (Dec 8)

    1928 — Should faculty wear robes?

    “Do you think professors ought to wear caps and gowns when teaching classes, as has been suggested?” the Flat Hat asked eight random students as part of the “Inquiring Reporter” feature. Only one student said they should, “for it would lend dignity to the occasion.”

    1968 — Petition to end women’s rules

    Over 1,000 female students at the College signed petitions calling for the abolition of the dress code and the curfew in place for women’s dorms.

    1981 — Black student enrollment low

    Enrollment of black students at the College was much lower than the state goal. Only 44 black students were accepted and enrolled, even though the state’s objective was 120.

    1985 — College ranked 17th in nation

    U.S. News & World Report ranked the College 17th among all major universities, based on a survey of the presidents of 1,318 four-year colleges. The College came in just ahead of Cornell, but three places behind U.Va.

    — compiled by Maxim Lott


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