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This Webpage offers a transcription of an article published in the 1975 JMC 10th Anniversary tabloid created and distributed during the JMC 10th Anniversary celebration in April 1975.

The article consists of short comments obtained from JMC alumni. Insofar as the published results were distributed at the April 1975 celebration, it's unclear precisely when and how these comments were solicited and collected.

None of the comments are attributed to a specific individual. As a result, the presentation below is simply subdivides the comments in accordance with their appearance in the tabloid and presents them in approximate order of their appearance.

Photocopies of selected pages were sent in by Stewart Lachman, a photocopy of the entire tabloid was sent by Cleo Parker, and an original specimen was submitted by Cynthia Freeland. Thanks, Folks!

The contents of this article have been transcribed for Web presentation. Aspects of the specific layout, formatting, etc., therefore diverge from the precise appearance of the material in the tabloid.

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Justin Morrill College 10th Anniversary Tabloid / Paper
April 1975
Front page




The anti-war movement was the main catalyst that changed people's behavior. For instance, smoking grass was rare, at least among the people I knew when I got here. And politically people were much more straight and of course it went just to the opposite extreme in 1970. It was a kind of exciting time to be here, interesting, because it was such a fast change. We knew what it was like when we got here, and people were changing fast.




A lot of the students who were in the college the first couple of years thought that JMC was becoming a boring bin of radicalism. The students weren't intellectual any more, they weren't interested in learning their studies, and they objected to that change. And the students who were fairly radical and active politically objected when that began to change and people became more introspective and oriented toward self-development. And I guess I've been here long enough not to think that any one change is going to destroy or end the college. It's going to change it, but I don't think it will destroy it.




When I was a freshman, there were the rules and most people took the rules seriously. And about two or three years later there went the rules and most people didn't take them very seriously.




The college has changed a lot over the years. And it's always interesting to me that each group of students can't get the same experience that the graduate had when he was here. And it strikes me how resistant to change students are.




JMC is a great attempt to break down some of the old barriers so that we can look at new possibilities and try them out and be willing to accept failure. And then adjust.




In 1969, there was a funeral procession for JMC. Two students carried the casket, and others carried candles. It was after the first people had gone all the way through. They were near graduation. They said "Oh, this place is dead, this place is finished. It was supposed to be exciting and terrific and now it's just kind of blah."




We have had good students from the beginning and we still have good students. I just think student expectations of a university education have changed. It's difficult when all your teaching is not required in terms of job and that sort of thing. I think you have to make yourself realize that you really must interest students in what you're doing, and gauge accurately how much they can do. And be rather careful in setting it up so that they do it. They're not dumber students, they're just different students.