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hundred students, named President Scales as “the sole reason” that
visitation rights had not been approved by the Trustees. In a subse-
quent radio interview Scales said that the time had come for DeWeese
and others to “get off of that issue” and to attend to other more im-
portant legislative matters.
In the frenzied atmosphere that almost always seems to charac-
terize the last two or three weeks of a college’s spring term, tempers
rose on every side. Student government leaders began discussing
plans for a “massive” intervisitation party, even perhaps a sexually
segregated “sleep-in” on the Magnolia Court. The administration
warned that “disruptive tactics” would inevitably lead to “disci-
plinary action.” About five hundred students, though supporting
intervisitation, signed a petition criticizing DeWeese for his “tactics
and rhetoric” and arguing instead for “rational” discussions with
the administration and Trustees. DeWeese could say, justifiably,
that “we are no further today than we were one year ago today.”
And so the year ended, and nothing had really changed—except
perhaps for hints of compromise on both sides.
In spite of the blunt and even hostile exchanges that the visita-
tion debate engendered, on other issues faculty and administrators
were cooperating with students to make the campus more respon-
sive to the dissatisfactions of the time. Except for twelve Saturday
classes scattered through seven departments, all classes in 1970–71
were scheduled during the usual fifty-minute periods on Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday or during seventy-five minute periods on
Tuesday and Thursday; a year later there would be no Saturday
classes at all. The historic rule against drinking anywhere on cam-
pus was being studied, and one proposal being considered was that
students should be subject only to a state law that prohibited the
sale or use of liquors and wines to anyone under twenty-one. For
the first time in history the faculty voted to place two students, one
of them with voting privileges, on each of the major faculty com-
mittees, including admissions, scholarships and student aid, hon-
ors, building and grounds, library planning, and even the powerful
Executive Committee. Each student committee member would be
chosen by President Scales from two nominees submitted to him
by the faculty Nominations Committee.
Two actions, one by the students and another by the Trustees,
foretold a lessening of distinctions in University policies between
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