1970s

Stahr and Sutton Dissent and protest, old traditions at IU, became more prominent campus features after World War II. The 1950s saw the rise (and squelching) of the mild-mannered "Green Feather" anti-McCarthyites. Later decades saw petitions and demonstrations opposing everything from the U.S. embargo of Cuba to the sale of IU Foundation land in Mississippi. Herman B Wells



John Ryan

One of Elvis Stahr's proudest accomplishments was the transforming of several IU
"extensions" into autonomous campuses with their own chancellors, traditions,
mascots (IPFW chose a mastodon), commencements, identities. The younger
campuses have added dozens of degree programs and thousands of students under
the administrations of Joseph Sutton, John Ryan, and Thomas Ehrlich. Pictured
above, from left to right: Stahr and Sutton, Wells, Ryan, Ehrlich.

Thomas Ehrlich


1970 IU South Bend, braving perception of feminism as a fringe movement, starts what will become the nation's oldest continuing women's studies program. Start of gay rights movement at IU.

1971 Public administration expert John W. Ryan, chancellor for regional campuses since 1968, begins 16 years as IU's president. IU East becomes a campus of Indiana University (an IUE commencement). Mary Schifres becomes IU's first woman student body president, and a young man named Robert (Bob) Knight becomes men's basketball coach at IUB.

1972 As part of IPFW's famous bookwalk, thousands of people haul 100,000 books one-quarter mile from Kettler Hall to the new library building. Mark Spitz of IU (with coach Doc Counsilman) wins seven gold medals in swimming at the Olympics.

1973 More than 20,000 people in the Kokomo area sign petitions challenging a proposal to eliminate the four-year undergraduate degree at Kokomo, and the plan is withdrawn.

1974 Richard M. Nixon resigns the Presidency. IU law student Michael Uslan's unusual course in comic book history gets national media attention; Uslan will produce the Oscar-winning movie Batman in 1989.

1976 Indiana University Northwest develops Indiana's first bilingual/ bicultural teaching endorsement.

1978 Filming of Breaking Away on and around IU's Bloomington campus. Steve Tesich '65 will win an Oscar for his screenplay.

1979 IUB professor Douglas Hofstadter, 34, publishes Gdel, Escher, Bach, a Pulitzer Prize-winning exploration of the laws of thought.

1980 The IUB women's tennis team wins the first of 13 Big Ten championships; they'll be national champions in 1982.

1981 Music students from IU present the first performance ever by a university company at the Metropolitan Opera House. IU Art Museum opens.

1982 IU men's soccer team under Jerry Yeagley wins first of three NCAA championships.

1986 Ground is broken for IUPUI's striking new conference center and hotel. Botanist Gary Dolph of Kokomo discovers world's oldest intact seed-bearing plants.

1987 Legal scholar Thomas Ehrlich succeeds John W. Ryan as president. IU men's basketball team wins fifth NCAA championship.

1988 IUB football team wins the Liberty Bowl; Kevin Kline '70 wins the "best actor" Oscar for A Fish Called Wanda. George Bush wins the U.S. Presidential elections, with Dan Quayle J.D. '74 as his running mate.

1989 IU Southeast dedicates McCullough Plaza and plans its Adult Student Center for "New Majority" students juggling families, jobs, and school.