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00:00:03 - Reasons for attending the University of Kentucky and impressions of the campus

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Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Mr. Don C. Weller for the Alumni/Faculty Oral History Project of the University of Kentucky Library.

Segment Synopsis: Don C. Weller is introduced. He talks about attending Georgetown College before joining the Air Force during the Korean War. He talks about returning from the war, and his decision to attend the University of Kentucky. He talks about his impressions of the school, including the large number of veterans on campus, the dormitories, and fraternity life.

Keywords: Age; Air Force; Basketball; Cliff Hagan; Dormitories; Electrical engineering; Electronics; Fraternity houses; Georgetown College; Impressions; Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity; Sports

Subjects: College campuses.; College choice; College environment; College majors; Greek letter societies.; Korean War, 1950-1953--Veterans; Owensboro (Ky.)

00:04:16 - Majoring in economics

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Partial Transcript: Uh, now your major field of interest, uh, when you got to UK was in industrial administration.

Segment Synopsis: Weller talks about starting college as an engineering major and why he decided to switch to industrial administration. He talks about the quality of the classes and professors in the college. He talks about whether he was able to have personal relationships with the professors.

Keywords: Business; Class size; Economics; Electives; Electrical engineering; Industrial administration; Jobs; Personal relationships; Physics; Professor Joseph Massie; Professor Lucian Carter; Professors; Quality of education; Specialization

Subjects: College environment; College majors; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. College of Business and Economics

00:08:19 - Fraternity life

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Partial Transcript: Well of course, uh, Herman Donovan was president--

Segment Synopsis: Weller talks about the relationship between students and President Donovan. He talks about his position as president of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha. He discusses the attitudes towards Greek letter organizations on campus, social activities led by the fraternities, and whether he encountered any conflicts or issues as president of the organization.

Keywords: Acceptance; Approval; Boonesboro; Car accidents; Cars; Competition; Conflicts; Crisis; Dances; Dating; Dean of Men; Dormitories; Dr. Frank Dickey; Dr. Herman Donovan; Fraternity Row; Fraternity houses; Fraternity members; Fraternity presidents; Intramural sports; Isolated; Issues; Jail; Joyland; Pat Boone; Personal relationships; Social activities; Veterans

Subjects: College administrators; College campuses.; College environment; College presidents; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College students--Transportation; Greek letter societies.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; University towns

00:14:13 - Social attitudes on campus / relationship between the university and the Lexington community

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Partial Transcript: Did you find that during the time you were at the university that social attitudes changed any?

Segment Synopsis: Weller talks about whether attitudes on campus changed during his time as a student, and discusses the influence of student government. He talks about the attitude of the Lexington community towards the university and students. He talks about where the students would go to hang out in town. He talks about the influence of the student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

Keywords: Bars; Boonesboro; Changes; Dances; Downtown Lexington; Elections; Influence; Joyland; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Liberalization; Local hangouts; Merchants; Pranks; Problems; Social attitudes; Student government

Subjects: College campuses.; College environment; College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Journalism, College; Lexington (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Public relations; University towns

00:19:31 - Politics on campus

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Partial Transcript: You know, it--it's often said that a college education and experiences at college changes a person, uh, a great deal.

Segment Synopsis: Weller talks more about his responsibilities as president of his fraternity. He discusses the claim that college professors often have liberal views. He talks about his own political beliefs and his involvement in the Young Republicans organization on campus. He talks about his lack of interest in elections, and discusses the general attitude of students during the 1950s.

Keywords: Budgets; Calm; Class size; College education; Conservative; Dues; Elections; Fraternity Row; Fraternity presidents; Impact; Liberal; Lighthearted; Philosophy; Politics; Professors; Responsibilities; Student Union building; Violence; Young Republicans

Subjects: College campuses.; College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Political activity.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Political activity; Educators; Greek letter societies.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:25:24 - Importance of athletics

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Partial Transcript: Course I suppose athletics on campus played a, a, a big role in campus life.

Segment Synopsis: Weller talks about his involvement in intramural sports on campus. He discusses the claim that too much emphasis is put on athletics at the university. He talks about the popularity of sports, especially among university alumni, which leads to financial donations for the university.

Keywords: Athletics; Blue and White Fund; Celebrations; Emphasis; Fraternities; Intramural sports; Morale; Popularity; Winning

Subjects: College athletes; College environment; College sports.; College students--Conduct of life.; Greek letter societies.; Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.; Universities and colleges--Finance

00:28:25 - Black students at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Course at UK, uh, the first black to attend was in 1948, I believe.

Segment Synopsis: Weller talks about the reactions of students on campus when African American students were admitted to the university for the first time. He discusses how the Greek organizations may have reacted if a black student had attempted to join a fraternity. He shares his opinions on African Americans participating in athletics.

Keywords: Acceptance; Apprehension; Athletics; Crowds; Exclusion; Fraternities; Greek letter organizations; Guy Rodgers; Owensboro (Ky.); Racism; Reactions; Recruiting; Rush; Southern; Votes

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African American college students.; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College athletes; College environment; College sports.; College students, Black; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Discrimination in higher education; Greek letter societies.; Minorities in higher education

00:32:58 - Opinions of the university as an alumni

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Partial Transcript: What about the, uh, UK library while you were there?

Segment Synopsis: Weller talks about his use of the library as a student. He talks about changes that have occurred at the university since his graduation, including the construction of a new football stadium. He talks about his involvement in alumni affairs and the events that they have held. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Adequate; Alumni Affairs; Athletics; Changes; Civic center; Cliff Hagan; Dr. Otis A. Singletary; Joe Hall; Stadiums; Students' needs

Subjects: Academic libraries.; College campuses.; College facilities.; Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.; University of Kentucky Alumni Association; University of Kentucky. Libraries