Time of Social Change
From the 1950s to the 1970s, groups and individuals throughout the nation clashed over social issues. At ISU this meant changes as students and administrators debated segregation, race, sexuality, and personal freedoms in the school and the Residence Halls.
Student demands for greater freedoms in Residence Halls became contentious issues in the University. Students and administration sometimes clashed over changing mores such as men and women being allowed in each other's rooms or drinking by legally-aged students. The incident described in the "Rumorgram" exemplified how students and University leadership clashed over changing morals.
While students increasingly received greater freedoms and choices, especially with the introduction of suites like Lincoln Quadrangles which gave students limited flexibility in creating policies for their communities, certain regulations still remained. After combining women and men's residence hall councils into the Residence Hall Association in 1972, the RHA successfully argued for "HOT" floors which gave older students with parental consent, the right to have coed visitors in their rooms.