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second phase of the student rebellion arose in reaction to the United
States military intervention in Vietnam in 1965. Passionate debate
of the issues took place, both in and out of class. Anti-war protestors
participated in the Washington Peace March in October 1966, organized
teach-ins on campus, and observed National Moratorium Day in 1969.
President Richard Nixon's decision to send troops into Cambodia
in April 1970 brought matters to a boiling point.
On May 1 the DePauw community was alarmed and shaken upon learning
of an arson fire at the Air Force R.O.T.C. building. Two students
were later tried and convicted on charges connected with this incident.
A contrast to that isolated case of violence was the large peaceful
demonstration on May 6 in the academic quadrangle. It was organized
to protest the Cambodian invasion and the Ohio National Guard's
firing upon student demonstrators that left four persons dead on
the Kent State University campus two days before.
third aspect of the student movement has been called a cultural
revolution, affecting such matters as living arrangements, dating
and sexual behavior, clothing styles and the like. Proms and other
formal events lost favor with undergraduates, who chose to pursue
personal fulfillment and sought relevance rather than tradition.
A principal demand of many students was for relaxation of the university's
social and parietal regulations, especially in regard to closing
hours for women's residences and coed visitation privileges. After
a series of confrontations with student groups during the 1968-69
academic year, the administration made significant concessions on
these questions that virtually ended the university's longstanding
in loco parentis role.
The board of trustees authorized the creation of a Community Concerns
Committee composed of students, faculty, administration and trustees
which was to approve "all basic policies and minimum standards,
enforcement procedures, and responsibilities relating to the social
activities and other nonacademic interests and pursuits of the DePauw
students." The committee delegated to the Association of Women
Students the authority to recommend closing, or lock-up, hours for
women's residences and made each living unit responsible for implementation
and enforcement of the new privileges.
Compared with many other college and university campuses at this
time, DePauw experienced a rather calm, nonviolent student rebellion.
There were no riots, building-seizures, or similar incidents. Yet
the student movement left a permanent mark on the institution, which
ended the era more committed to antidiscriminatory practices, freedom
of student expression, and social autonomy. One major long-term
result was the election of student representatives to the board
In October 1975 Kerstetter resigned from the presidency and was
appointed to the long-dormant position of chancellor, with responsibilities
chiefly for development and fund raising. The board of trustees
named Indianapolis businessman Thomas W. Binford acting president
while the search for a new chief executive was conducted. Princeton
graduate Binford, who was a successful financier but lacked experience
in managing academic affairs, maintained an office on the DePauw
campus several days a week during the next few months before resigning
in August 1976 to return to his Indianapolis business enterprises.
At that point Dean Farber, who was given the additional title of
vice president, assumed academic leadership of the university on
an interim basis for the second time. At the end of the 1977-78
academic year Chancellor Kerstetter retired to his home on Cape
Cod in Massachusetts. With his wife Leona Bateman Kerstetter, he
presently resides in Sandwich, MA, where he is engaged in preparing
a memoir of his DePauw years.
an extensive search conducted by a joint faculty-trustee alumni-student
committee, the board of trustees named to the vacant presidency
Richard F. Rosser, dean of faculty and professor of political science
at Albion College, a member with DePauw of the Great Lakes Colleges
Association. Rosser, a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan with both a master's
degree in public administration and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University,
had retired from the Air Force after serving as professor and head
of the department of political science at the Air Force Academy.
Though a Methodist layman, he was the first nonordained president
of DePauw. He brought to his new post in February 1977 a brisk,
energetic, and forceful administrative style.
One of President Rosser's first tasks was to reorganize the administrative
departments of the university. Dean Farber remained in office until
his retirement in 1979, but Donald Dodge Johnson was brought from
Lawrence University in the summer of 1978 to take over responsibility
for academic affairs with the new title of provost. In January 1979
Fred Silander of the economics department was named dean of the
university. After Silander was transferred to the post of vice president
for finance in 1981, his place as academic dean was taken first
by Mildred Wills of the education department and then by James Cooper
of the history department, who had been serving as faculty development
coordinator since 1978. Upon the resignation of Provost Johnson
in 1983, Cooper was advanced to the chief academic leadership position
with the title of vice president for academic affairs. Named to
assist him were John Morrill of the mathematics department as director
of academic planning and James Rambo of the Romance languages department
as coordinator for special academic programs.
faculty members named to part-time administrative posts were the
following: Robert H. King of the philosophy and religion department
as assistant to the president; John White of the philosophy and
religion department as faculty development coordinator; Amir Rafat
of the political science department as director of foreign study
and off-campus programs, succeeded later by Darrell La Lone of the
sociology and anthropology department; Margaret E. Catanese of the
economics and business department as coordinator for individual
Winter Term off-campus projects; and Myra J. Rosenhaus of the philosophy
and religion department as director of convocations.
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