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00:00:08 - Initial experiences at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Steve, when did you first enter the University of Kentucky?

Segment Synopsis: Steve Bright shares about his time as a student at the University of Kentucky in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He discusses his initial impressions of the University of Kentucky. He explains his decision to attend UK over other universities.

Keywords: Academic curriculum; Athletic programs; Campus life; Dr. John Oswald; Higher education; Liberal arts education; Political influence; State schools; Student involvement; University administration

Subjects: College choice; College environment; College students; Education, Higher--Kentucky--Lexington; University of Kentucky

GPS: University of Kentucky (Lexington (Ky.))
Map Coordinates: 38.033333, -84.5
00:04:27 - Campus involvement at UK

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Partial Transcript: What was your academic major at the university?

Segment Synopsis: Bright recalls his personal involvement as a student on the University of Kentucky's campus. He discusses his majors and his experience with the political science department. He describes his time as a brother of Sigma Nu fraternity.

Keywords: Campus life; Communal living; Fraternities; Political science department; Professors; Sigma Nu fraternity

Subjects: College environment; College students; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Greek letter societies.; University of Kentucky

00:08:11 - Attempts to integrate fraternities / important social events on campus

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Partial Transcript: You suggested that Blacks and foreign students be taken as boarders, if not members, the next year as they started the first step toward full integration. Uh, were your efforts successful in any way that you know of?

Segment Synopsis: Bright shares about his attempt to get fraternities to integrate while he was student body president in 1970. At that time he was unsuccessful at getting fraternities to allow Black students and foreign students. He remembers popular social events that were held on campus such as concerts and the Little Kentucky Derby.

Keywords: Black students; Campus life; Concerts; Cultures; Foreign students; Fraternities; Greek life; Integration; Little Kentucky Derby (LKD); Racism; Sigma Nu fraternity; Social activities; Social attitudes; Social events; Student Center

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

00:12:10 - Drug use on campus / campus student activities

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Partial Transcript: I believe it was in 1970 the Kernel ran a series of articles on drugs. Uh, was drug use widespread on the campus at that time in your opinion?

Segment Synopsis: Bright discusses drug use by students on campus. He describes cultural activities provided by the university. Some of these activities were concerts, plays and lectures. He shares his thoughts about these activities and University of Kentucky athletics. He critiques the university's focus on their athletics programs which took priority over intramural activities and women's athletics. He shares about his memories of the death of two of UK's first African American football players.

Keywords: Addiction; Athletics; Black athletes; Campus life; Concerts; Cultural activities; Death; Discrimination; Dr. Otis A. Singletary; Drugs; Educational campaigns; Football; Greg Page; Hallucinogens; Heroin; Injuries; Intramural sports; LSD; Lectures; Marijuana; Methadone; Racism; Sexism; Speakers; The Kentucky Kernel; Women's athletics

Subjects: African American college students; African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College athletes; College integration; College sports.; College students; College students, Black; College students--Social conditions; Discrimination in higher education; Minorities in higher education; University of Kentucky

00:23:42 - Black students' campus involvement / recruitment of Black basketball players

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Partial Transcript: What about the role of Blacks on campus? Uh, there was a Black Student Union, uh, I believe, uh, during the time that you were, uh, there. Uh, was it, uh, an effective, uh, voice for the Black, uh, students on campus?

Segment Synopsis: Bright discusses his memories about Black students on campus, and groups such as the Black Student Union. He describes discrimination that occurred during athletic recruitment at the University of Kentucky and shares some thoughts about coach Adolph Rupp.

Keywords: Adolph Rupp; Basketball; Black Student Union; Black athletes; Black students; Campus life; Football; Racism; Recruitment; Speakers; Student body government; The Kentucky Kernel

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College athletes; College environment; College integration; College sports--Coaching; College sports.; College students, Black; College students--Social conditions; Discrimination in higher education; Minorities in higher education; University of Kentucky

00:27:43 - Women's rights at UK / liberal professors

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Partial Transcript: How would you describe the role of women on campus at that time? Was there obvious discrimination against them? Uh, uh, did they protest it? Uh, did they care?

Segment Synopsis: Bright shares about the treatment of women on the University of Kentucky's campus while he was a student. He describes changes he saw happen for women students and the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. He explains treatment of liberal professors by the university and why most of them left.

Keywords: Associated Women Students; Equal Rights Amendment; Governor Louie B. Nunn; Liberals; Political aspects; Politics; Professors; Role of women; Women's rights

Subjects: College environment; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Political activity; College teachers--Social conditions; Sex discrimination in higher education.; Sexism in higher education; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky; Women in higher education.; Women--Education (Higher)

00:31:16 - Quality of the undergraduate library / students' political involvement

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Partial Transcript: How would you assess the library while you were a student? Did you find it adequate, uh, for your needs?

Segment Synopsis: Bright shares his thoughts about the undergraduate library, M. I. King Library, while he was a student. He describes the problem of having open stacks. He talks about students' involvement with Senator Eugene McCarthy's presidential campaign in 1968. He discusses students attitudes toward politics in general.

Keywords: Feminists; M. I. King Library; National politics; Political affiliation; Presidential campaigns; Senator Eugene McCarthy; Student activities; Student employment; Undergraduate library

Subjects: Academic libraries.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Political activity; College students--Social conditions; University of Kentucky

00:36:26 - Thoughts about the Kentucky Kernel newspaper / relationship between Lexington citizens and UK students

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Partial Transcript: How influential was The Kentucky Kernel, the campus newspaper? Did it generally represent the views of the majority of the students, would you say?

Segment Synopsis: Bright describes the Kentucky Kernel, a student newspaper, and the changes in leadership it underwent. He reflects on problems that occurred between University of Kentucky students and the Lexington community due to the demonstrations that occured in May of 1970.

Keywords: Boycotts; Campus political activities; Campus publications; Lexington community; Merchants; National Guard; Protests; Student government; The Kentucky Kernel

Subjects: College environment; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students as consumers; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Political activity.; Journalism, College; Lexington (Ky.); Student protesters; Universities and colleges--Public relations; University of Kentucky; University towns

GPS: Lexington (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 38.029722, -84.494722
00:41:12 - Resignation of Dr. John Oswald

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Partial Transcript: In April of 1968 Dr. Oswald resigned as president of the university, uh, having come there, I believe, in 1963 or thereabouts. Uh, you have, have already mentioned some of the circumstances surrounding his resignation.

Segment Synopsis: Bright discusses the resignation of Dr. John Oswald as president of UK. He explains reasons why students were upset by his resignation, and describes his relationship with the student body.

Keywords: Dr. John Oswald; Dr. Otis A. Singletary; Leadership styles; Political climate; Relationship with students; Resignation; Student relationships; University presidents

Subjects: College administrators--Rating of; College presidents; College students--Attitudes.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; University of Kentucky

00:45:13 - Thoughts on interim president and President Singletary

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Partial Transcript: Uh, then Dr. Kirwan served as the interim president until a successor was named, uh, to Dr. Oswald. Uh, I believe you indicated earlier that, uh, Dr. Kirwan was not particularly effective as, as president.

Segment Synopsis: Bright briefly describes Dr. Albert Kirwan's time as the University of Kentucky's interim president after Dr. John Oswald's resignation. He discusses his thoughts about Dr. Otis Singletary's presidency.

Keywords: Academic curriculum; Alumni relations; Athletic programs; Dr. Albert Kirwan; Dr. Otis A. Singletary; Governor Louie B. Nunn; Political influence; University presidents; University programs

Subjects: College administrators--Rating of; College presidents; Education, Higher--Kentucky--Lexington; Universities and colleges--Administration

00:50:11 - Involvement with student government

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Partial Transcript: Now, if we could turn to, uh, the student government, as you were really involved in some capacity in the student government, I think, practically all the time that you were a student at the university, were you not?

Segment Synopsis: Bright describes a turbulent time in UK's student body government. He reflects on the student government's main focus, and his resignation as speaker of the assembly.

Keywords: Candidates; Elections; Judicial board; Student activities; Student body president; Student government assembly; The Kentucky Kernel

Subjects: College student government; College students--Social conditions; University of Kentucky

00:57:01 - Banning of playing "Dixie" at football games

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Partial Transcript: Do you recall in the fall of 1968 when you sponsored the controversial Dixie Bill in the student government assembly?

Segment Synopsis: Bright reflects on his time as student government president while at the University of Kentucky. He describes events that occurred when he sponsored a bill calling for the song "Dixie" to be banned at football games. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: "Dixie"; Black Student Union; Debates; Football games; Racism; Student body; Student government assembly; Student leadership; Votes

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College sports.; College student government; College students, Black; Discrimination in higher education; Minorities in higher education; University of Kentucky