Looking through a box of Bud Morehead’s slides I found these two glorious shots from the 1951 class election campaign season (note gravel walks!):
Coincidentally, later the same day I was looking through some Threshers from the 1960s and came across the multi-year debate about doing away with the class officers. The switch to the college system had been a bumpy one–many students were unhappy about the change and much of the old way of campus life survived for a while. Elections for class officers were one of those holdovers. Every year beginning in 1964 the Thresher editorialized in favor of dropping these increasingly anachronistic offices, growing more agitated every year by the student body’s refusal to vote them out. Here’s one example, from 1967:
Interestingly, the students never did muster the 3/4 vote necessary to abandon the class officers. They weren’t dropped until 1969 when a wholesale change of the SA constitution needed 2/3 of the student senate instead of three-quarters of the entire student body.
Bonus: An alert reader notices some tender feelings in the Coffee House.