LC in History: Dress Code Evaluation

Dr Clifton W. Potter ~ L.C. In History

Last week I wore some of my Hawaiian shirts on campus, and I intend to don them each day until the arrival of cooler weather.  When I started teaching at Lynchburg College, in 1965, I would never have dared to sport island attire in or out of the classroom.

Sixty years ago, what was considered appropriate attire?

Lynchburg College students were allowed to dress in a casual style, within certain parameters.  With the arrival of the veterans after World War II, freshman beanies became a thing of the past for all students, and neckties for men became optional.  Women were expected to wear dresses or skirts and blouses to class.  In wintry weather slacks were acceptable.

However, in normal weather women were allowed to wear slacks or shorts in the Circle only on weekends.  Every co-ed had a raincoat to throw over her shorts as she hurried across the Circle to the library, Hobbs or the theater in Hopwood Hall.

What happened if these scofflaws were caught?  It meant a weekend “campus”—a woman was required to stay in her room except for meals.  If there was a class assignment that required research in the library, you were allowed to work there.  There were not similar penalties for men who committed comparable offences.

Casual dress was permitted at breakfast and lunch, but for dinner the rules changed.  Women were required to wear hose and heels with their dresses or skirts and blouses. Men were expected to wear jackets and ties with their slacks—no blue jeans were permitted under any circumstances. There were no exceptions to these rules—even after the famous tie raid of 1961.

In retaliation for a panty raid in the spring of 1961, the women decided on a unique form of revenge.  The plan was kept a secret until the whistle was blown and the women stormed the three sections of Carnegie Hall.  The men were taken completely by surprise as the women seized every tie in the place.  When it was time for dinner there was not a cravat to be found.

As the men arrived in Westover Hall expecting to be denied food, they found their ties decorating the area before the entrance to the dining hall! Nobody went hungry that night, but the men learned a valuable lesson.  The women of Lynchburg College had taken another step towards liberation and equality.  The administration, especially the Dean of Women, did not know what to do with the women—so they did nothing.

Professors were also required to dress in an acceptable fashion.  Female teachers were expected to wear suits, dresses or slacks and blouses.  It was also mandatory that they wear hose. Only in wintry weather were the rules relaxed.  Male professors had to wear suits or sport coats and slacks.  They always wore ties, even in hot weather.  There were no “casual Fridays” at Lynchburg College for students and faculty in 1958.  When a classmate of mine came to class without socks one day in the spring of 1961, the professor sent him back to his room to finish dressing!  How things have changed—thank goodness.



Nerd Factor: Don’t Live Super Strong

Dr Mike Robinson ~ LC Communication Studies Professor

Moving day makes the idea of super strength so appealing.  I remember one hot day when my father helped me move into my sixth floor dorm room.  The elevator was malfunctioning and suddenly to us normal-powered folk, that reclining chair seemed more like a struggle than a luxury.  When you think about it though, in the superhero game, super strength isn’t all you hoped.

          Everybody’s Got It: On the 1938 debut cover of “Action Comics #1,” Superman lifted a car over his head.  This was quite an achievement back then, as evidenced by the completely freaked out guy in the lower left corner of the cover.  Nowadays though, lifting a car is pretty commonplace for the spandex crowd.  In fact, so many heroes have this power that it stops feeling special.  It’s impossible to hang a whole identity around just strength.  If a lab accident gave you the power to control electricity, I bet you could think of ten names.  Try thinking of ten for just being strong.  And when you get to “Strong Guy,” you should know that Marvel already has a Strong Guy.  He’s pretty cool actually.

          Are You Strong Enough?:  Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, DC and Marvel got obsessed with quantifying their heroes.  Throughout informational series like “The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe” or various role-playing game supplements, one could read sentences about how so-and-so could lift ten tons or twenty tons or whatever tons.  I always wondered how they knew.  If you want to measure your strength, hit the gym and press or lift as much as you can.  But if you want to measure your super strength, what works as your weights?  Cars?  Trains?  People might object to you just picking up such things as they are rather expensive to drop.

          Do All the Heavy Lifting:  I will never forget the day my furniture arrived when I moved to Lynchburg.  The moving guy brought everything into my house.  He actually carried a full sofa under his arm.  He was good-natured about it all, but it was his job.  The strong person on the super team has no choice.  It’s up to him or her to move every damaged Quinjet, to carry every giant device and to remove the after-fight debris.

          Stay in Control:  Of course the worst thing about super strength is that using it is downright dangerous to others.  As a father who is routinely attacked by his kid, I know the challenges of fighting a dangerous adversary intent on destroying me without doing harm to that adversary.  In the comics, superheroes are always worrying about pulling their punches for fear of seriously injuring foes.  The super strong also need this level of control in daily life.  Any action, no matter how simple, could become catastrophically destructive.  When I was younger, my mother filled me with dread every time I entered an antique shop or craft store.  “Don’t touch anything!” she commanded, lest I break something delicate.  The super strong constantly live with this fear.  The other night I dreamt I was playing soccer, and I kicked the covers clean off the bed.  If I was super strong and facing the other way, my wife would have temporarily gained the power of flight.


Grab Your Pitchforks and Torches: The LC Debate

Kelvin Whitehurst ~ Copy Desk Chief

There’s a great rule of things out there that you should never bring up with your friends in order to avoid friendship-tearing arguments: beliefs on religion, stances on politics and sex life. And if you’re associated with Lynchburg College, then you know that there is one I left out: your stance on if Lynchburg College should change from college to university.


A New Roast for a New Year

Kelvin Whitehurst ~ Copy Desk Chief

If you haven’t noticed the construction going on at all of Lynchburg College’s grab-n-go food stops, there are a lot of changes being made to the school’s local eateries.


U.S. 460 Nightmare Continues

Katherine Graves ~ Assistant Editor

The U.S. 460 construction will continue until 2017 or 2018 when construction on the Odd Fellows Road extension, the auxiliary lanes and the Liberty University bridge is completed.


Addressing Threats on Campus, Community Concerns Policy Review

Brittany Peck ~ Editor-in-Chief

Lynchburg College will be changing their approach to the zero-tolerance policy for Interpersonal Misconduct this school year.

The policy and disciplinary actions of the school will remain the same, but President Dr. Kenneth Garren stated that “this year is the first time no one is a bystander and everyone has to take action.”

The expanse of their “everyone” includes: The Board of Trustees, all employees and students, with a couple exceptions like the Counseling Center, Health Center, and some members of the Center for Spiritual Life. By including the entirety of LC as active parties the college hopes to keep everyone connected, aware, reminded and re-educated on Interpersonal Misconduct and how to report cases to LC’s new Title IX Coordinator Amanda McGovern.

Another progressive idea that is in progress is a new online module from a vendor that is making learning about sexual harassment, assault, rape, consent, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking interactive and specific to the LC campus.

These changes have been stirred in part by Professor Virginia Cylke and Associate Professor Elizabeth Savage’s “Yes Means Yes” class. President Garren stated that the class has spread his awareness on the subject by openly expressing their concerns with him.

McGovern has also sat in on a “Yes Means Yes” class to hear the students’ thoughts on the current policy and stated that “dialogue reveals policy changes that need to occur and where education needs to occur, but in this case [she believes] education is what is needed.”

One of the students closely involved with the meetings with President Garren is senior Nick Williams who wants the students campus-wide to be educated on the subject, so that there will be a respect shared for every student on campus and a greater realization of the importance of recognizing Interpersonal Misconduct.

The goal of everyone involved in spreading awareness of Interpersonal Misconduct is to provide cohesion and consistency in the handling of these circumstances, but President Garren said “safety is the number-one priority.”

When these cases do occur the complainant and respondent are the only two that have the right to speak about the case outside of the hearing because they are protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, FERPA. To take it one step further, retaliatory behavior may be added to the list of complaints when it occurs.

The victims of Interpersonal Misconduct are under no time limit to report their complaint and not all complaints are campus involved, but McGovern stated that “too much time may impact resolutions.”

McGovern will be handling Interpersonal Misconduct complaints this year. With her position as title IX coordinator her goal is to specialize in these cases, so she will be working with the complainant to identify necessary accommodations and provide on-and-off campus resources to them.

The sanctions for Interpersonal misconduct are regarded as “strict” and McGovern stated that “suspension and expulsion have been sanctions for level A violations since 2011.”

During the disciplinary process the wishes of the offended party and prior incidents of the respondent are taken into account while sanctions are considered.

There is also an appeal process that goes through President Garren. He further has the right to modify, increase, or leave the sanctions alone for the respondent.


Bonner Leaders Strengthen Community Ties

1.pngKatherine Graves, Assistant Editor

The Bonner Leader Program helps Lynchburg College students to become involved with the Lynchburg community by doing service with local non-profit organizations and by introducing the first year students to the city.


Nerd Factor: Should The World End

Dr , Clifton W. Potter ~ LC History Professor

You don’t have to spend much time on social media today to see that some people figure the end of civilization is nigh. Don’t despair, Hornets. If everything ends, you’ve got your liberal arts education to back you up in the Mad Max-style world of the post-apocalypse. Let’s put it in terms you’ll find familiar.


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