Highlights from the 1970s
“The word black here does not mean skin color. It means black is beautiful — that is a universal kind of soul beauty that cuts across characterizations of race or of skin color.”
— James Benson, a black studies professor and originator of the Gow Dow Experience,
an amalgam of jazz and world beat musicians who
shared the message of love and understanding
Nearly 200 students from Iran are part of the college community.
The Agriculture classroom building (2) is completed.
More than 100 seniors and juniors in the social services department participate in community internship programs to complement their classroom instruction.
January 1, 1970
Encinitas residence hall goes coed on a trial basis. It is deemed a success.
Cal Poly Educational Center on the old Voorhis campus closes.
The ASI Senate approves a $151,050 budget.
The master of urban planning degree is approved.
March 1, 1971
Groundbreaking takes place for the University Union, with a completion target of late 1973.
The Mall is renamed the Quad.
The Learning Resources Center is established to provide support to students in the Educational Opportunity Program. The three most popular courses are speed reading, English as a second language, and grammar.
The School of Engineering receives a $152,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a program in engineering technology.
“Cal Poly Doesn’t Have a Fancy Dress Code, we just ask that you dress … Decently.” Faculty have the “prerogative of determining appropriate dress in the classroom and what constitutes proper conduct; so use your better judgment and respect their wishes.”
Guest speakers on campus include architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller, explorer John Goddard and TV personality Art Linkletter.
The library now rents typewriters and calculators.
Smoking policy: “When an instructional room is used for a scheduled meeting other than a class, smoking is permitted if the scheduled group provides ashtrays or other acceptable receptacles. ... Smoking is not permitted in classrooms or indoor laboratories between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or during evening classes.” – Bronco Handbook
Earth science is offered as a major.
April 6, 1972
June 1, 1972
September 8, 1972
The London Flu hits the campus hard. In one week, seven of 15 communication faculty are out sick.
Gov. Ronald Reagan reflects on his visit to the ranch in 1937: “We spent about half a day taking [publicity] pictures, seeing the horses and all. My great regret was, being an old ex-cavalryman, that I was never permitted to get on one.”
Actor and comedian Dom DeLuise performs to a full house at the University Theatre.
October 17, 1974
Albert Aschenbrenner, the first dean of the School of the Arts and first president of the Faculty Senate, retires. Gertrude Boland, one of the first three women to join the faculty, succeeds Aschenbrenner as dean.
The School of Business Administration introduces an evening program that enables students who work during the day to take all required classes for their degree.
A streaker is spotted in Montecito Hall.
The poultry unit sells 14,000 eggs per week.
September 15, 1975
The university observes Hunger Week, a program designed to increase awareness of hunger and starvation around the world.
May 27, 1977
July 1, 1977
September 13, 1978
October 31, 1978
Nearly 30 faculty positions are eliminated because of budget cuts.
Fallout shelters dating to 1962 are removed, but the administration building basement still contains civil defense supplies.
University Police use radar on a trial basis to detect speeding.