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Vol. 113, No. 15

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Class of ’78 oral history project

Posted on July 5, 2013


When the Class of 1978 entered Princeton, the men in the class outnumbered the women 783 to 341, giving the word “ratio” added meaning in social circles. Members of the class who spoke with PAW at Reunions recalled that gender imbalance, as well as other notable themes and events, including the early days of women’s athletics, the campaign for divestment from South Africa, and the story of the “A-bomb kid.” Full transcripts of their remarks will be added to the University Archives at Mudd Library.

In excerpts from 14 interviews, alumni recall their student days, both good and bad. Click the names of participants at right to view and listen.

Clockwise from top left: Women’s hockey in 1977; the April 1978 occupation of Nassau Hall; ’78ers rejoyce after stealing the clapper; “A-bomb kid” John Aristotle Phillips ’78; a 1978 Triangle Club performance.
PHOTOS: COURTESY THE DAILY PRINCETON LARRY DUPRAZ DIGITAL ARCHIVES
Clockwise from top left: Women’s hockey in 1977; the April 1978 occupation of Nassau Hall; ’78ers rejoyce after stealing the clapper; “A-bomb kid” John Aristotle Phillips ’78; a 1978 Triangle Club performance.
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