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The Class of 1963

Written By: Phillip Stone - May• 21•13

Each year for the past decade, our fifty-year class returns and escorts the graduating class to the Commencement exercises.  Here are a few thoughts about life at Wofford during the Class of 1963’s years here.

Wofford opened the 1962-63 school year with the largest enrollment in its history – 833 students were enrolled.  569 were living on campus.

The 215 freshmen that arrived in the fall of their senior year made up the largest entering class ever.

DuPre Hall opened in the fall of 1962, and the OG&B called it “one of the most functional, luxuriant dormitories in the southeast.”  Mrs. Anne Daniel (known as Mama D) was the residence hall supervisor for DuPre

Ten new faculty members arrived in the fall of 1962, their senior year.  Among these were Dr. James Seegars in psychology and Mrs. Constance Armitage – later Antonsen – in Art History.

Milliken Science Hall was completed and opened during the Class of 1963’s freshman year.  Their freshman year also saw the college’s basketball team set a record of 25-6.

William F. Buckley spoke on campus in October 1962, on the subject “The Decline of the Intellectual”.

Students frequently complained in the newspaper about the lack of light on campus at night.

The football team record in the fall of 1962 was 2-8.  There’s not much to say about that.

Apparently there was a big argument about whether students should wear ties, or coats and ties, to class.  The student government endorsed it, and those favoring it argued that it made students more serious, distinguished them from high school, and they’d have to wear a tie every day after college anyway.  Detractors thought it took more than a coat and tie to make someone a gentleman, that it wasn’t hard to tell the difference between a Wofford student and a high schooler, and having to wear a tie after college was no justification.  The proposal went nowhere.

Speaking of going nowhere, students were again debating an honor system.  But in February 1963, the committee reached an impasse, “feeling that the [student body] vote would be unequivocally opposed to an honor system now.”

The Drifters and the Declarados played for the Homecoming Dance.  The Glenn Miller Orchestra performed for the Winter Ball.

Placement Office notes appear regularly in the paper.  One issue had job announcements for the Boy Scouts, the IRS, and Sears, Roebuck.

One editorial, noting all of the new buildings on campus, paid special mention to the bomb shelter. That same editorial, in talking about the nice facilities, lamented the cost, saying that it “would soon reach the elite circle of the $2000 school.”

A committee was to meet with food service director W. E. Buice to discuss why students were dis-satisfied with the food in the cafeteria.

In February 1963, Edward Greene joined the college staff as director of development – he soon moved into the business office and kept the college solvent for 30 years.

President Marsh announced in March a new cooperative program between Wofford and Converse “designed to further strengthen curricular offerings at both institutions.”  “It was stressed that neither institution would lose its identity or sacrifice any of its tradition.”  The program would allow students, primarily juniors and seniors, to take courses at the other college, no more than 1 per semester, and grades would transfer as if they had been earned at the home institution.

 

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