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50 Years Ago - UofS Students Seek Change To School’s ‘No Girls In Dorm Room’ Policy

March 25, 2019
50 Years Ago - UofS Student Seek Change To School's 'No Girls In Dorm Room' Policy

March 25, 1969

U of S students want female visitors

A large group of male students who live on campus at the University of Scranton held a demonstration in the rain seeking a change in the school’s policy on allowing women to visit their dorm rooms.

Organizers of the demonstration said that other Jesuit institutions such as Fordham, Georgetown and Boston College allow their male students “to entertain girls in their dormitory rooms.” They also said that young women at Marywood College support the men at the university in their effort to change the rule.

One of the university’s Jesuits walked past the demonstrators and said, “Seriously, would you want your sister to visit students in their rooms in the dorms?” One of the demonstrators answered with, “Father, I wouldn’t want my pet dog to visit these guys in their dorm rooms.”

The university does allow women in the dormitories on campus but they are limited to the lounge areas.

One bargaining unit suggested

Scranton School Board solicitor James A. Kelly strongly suggested the teachers of the district should select a single bargaining agent for their upcoming contract negotiations.

The district’s teachers were represented either by the Pennsylvania State Education Association or the Scranton Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO.

Kelly said that contract negotiations “could be conducted in a much more orderly fashion if board representatives could deal with a single spokesperson for the teachers, rather than representatives of two groups of teachers.”

Robert Cavanaugh, president of the Scranton Federation of Teachers AFL-CIO, said the Kelly suggestion was “a progressive step which will bring order to negotiations.”

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140.