I extracted these pages from the middle of a much longer document because this is frankly the most interesting part. It’s hard to know where to start but I guess I’m going to ask about Number 6 under Part II: Why do we need to keep men off the roof between 10:00 and 4:00?
Sunbathing college members in skimpy costumes?
Might the rationale for a 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. roof exclusion of men at Brown, which did not become co-ed until 1987, have been to try to provide privacy for sun bathers? (It was apparently not unusual for such sun-roof privacy to have been violated by folks in hovering helicopters: http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth245670/m1/8/)
Professors Cooper was an RA for Brown at some point and can probably shed some light. However, I am pretty sure that Ed is correct. There was also an issue of privacy of the roofs of the 4-story Jones College to consider where similar activity was readily visible from the roof of Brown.
As a male RA, living in single-sex Brown College, I was prohibited from going onto the roof between 10AM and 4PM, so I have no direct knowledge of what occurred on the roof.
And I thought I could sneak a little scandal into this topic….
The rule was still enforced in the early to mid 80’s for topless or nude sunbathing. As I recall from conversations with residents at the time the helicopters were given sharp one fingered salutes.
In the period 63-67 the Jones, and later Brown, doors were locked at 10:00 pm Sunday through Thursday. You would study at the Library till 9:00, go to Kay’s until 9:45 and then make the mad dash before the doors were locked. Then you would go back to your room and study some more. But I recall that the weekend curfew was much later, more like 1:00 or 2:00 pm. Can anyone clarify my failing memory?
Barney L. McCoy, Hanszen 67
These were the rules I remember from the one year I lived at Brown (1974-75, pre-coed), before I switched to Hanszen in my sophomore year. And yes, these rules were why I left! Male callers were required to be escorted to the first floor to use the restrooms there.
As a Brown College member who entered in ’77, I can tell you that the 10-4 rooftop prohibition was in fact to provide privacy for sunbathers, whether bikini-clad or topless. And yes, the Med Center helicopters did come in low from time to time, and were greeting with the one-finger salutes mentioned above. On occasion, some bikini tops may have been waved in greeting….. As for the issue of the doors being locked — I recall them being locked at some point in the evening for security, but all of us had keys so the mad dash from Kay’s wasn’t really an issue, as I recall. Also, the elevators, Ela and Darth, were locked to prevent access from anyone not resident in Brown. I remember no curfew at all, and college-wide 24 hour visitation, 24 hour open house throughout my four years. Boy, the print on the documents looks dated now, but I remember receiving this as an incoming freshman — it all made quite the impression. They were great years!
I was more interested in the comment about animals. In Baker at this time you could have cats and dogs that would roam free. This no animal policy for the university was instituted in May 1977 to the consternation of some.
Regarding IV.3., they were a little more liberal than in my day, when the rule was written so that only pets “traditionally” kept in cages were allowed. I always assume this meant that you couldn’t keep your cat or your dog in a cage. I was in Brown 1967-71. Regarding the comment above about curfews, I think he’s right; weekend curfews (Friday and Saturday; I don’t remember about Sunday) were somewhat later. Perhaps midnight? Although in the 4 years I was there, all of the curfew and open house rules became MUCH more liberal. It was an exciting time to be a college student!