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Dr. James Woodruff Provost

Cheering for the team

The Dome

Timeline 1970-1979


January 22: Seventeen students are arrested as they stage a sit-in in the placement office.  They are protesting the presence of naval shipping system recruiters.  The incident causes an uproar throughout the campus community.

January 23:  Gary Puckett and the Union Gap play at the Memorial Building.

February 13: The seventeen are acquitted.

February 13: Dr. Benjamin Spock, authority on pediatrics and political activist, gives a talk on “Dissent and Social Change” in the student union ballroom.

March 15: Arson destroys the campus bookstore, which was then located in the basement of the Briggs Building.

April 4:  Pete Seeger, Savage Grace, and Chobis Itch perform at the Memorial Building.


Fall: President Carron announces a moratorium on raises and granting of tenure as part of the university’s austerity program.

Doctoral program in clinical psychology is added.

Enrollment is 9638.

The Coffee House opens in Reno Hall, in the main lobby in a space formally used as a chapel.

September 25: Leonard Cohen performs at the Memorial Building.

September 27: Jazz Spectacular concert at the Memorial Building: featuring Grant Green, Gloria Lynne, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver and Grady Tate.

October: VN reporters ‘invade’ the administration building to count the number of administrators floor by floor to find out who they are and what they do.

October 1: Buckminster Fuller visits campus. He is the first recipient of the R. Buckminster Fuller Chair in architecture.

October 17: Burt Bacharch plays at the Memorial Building.

October 25: Jesse Jackson speaks at the Memorial Building.

November 1: Jane Fonda visits the campus.


January 31:   David Crosby & Graham Nash give a benefit concert at the Memorial Building.  

February: Fr. Carron announces over half a million in budget cuts and the layoff of non-tenured faculty and those 65 and over.

February 5:  Chicago plays at the Memorial Building.

February 19:  Three Dog Night concert at the Memorial Building.

March 13:  5th Dimension play at the Memorial Building.

April: The student government issues a statement protesting the University’s offer to give a President’s Cabinet Metal to Harry Kissinger (Nixon’s National Security Advisor).

April 16:  Elton John plays at the Memorial Building.

April 18: History Professor Edward Cooper and five African-American students are thrown off campus after causing disruptions in the library and removing chairs from buildings following the university’s termination of contracts for Cooper and James Miller, faculty in the Black Studies Dept.

April 19: About 500 students and others rallied in front of the administration building in support of Cooper and Miller.

Summer: The Stadium is razed to become parking lot D, later affectionately known as Lake DeGrasia, now known as parking lot F.

Summer:  The fence goes up around the campus. (VN Oct)


Fall: Last of the club football games.  Football is gone for good from the University of Detroit.

Enrollment is 9597.

September 21: The Statue of the Black Madonna is unveiled.

The Board of Trustees authorizes the assessment of a parking fee--$20 per year.

November: First vote for faculty unionization.

November 5:  Leon Russell plays at the Memorial Building.

November 13:  Donovan concert at the Memorial Building.


Enrollment is 9308.


September: Enrollment is about 9,075 students.

September 20: The rock arrives on campus.  It’s 6x6x8 and weighs 15 tons. A time capsule is buried underneath with issues of the Varsity News, a 72/73 Tower and a few other artifacts.  It came from a quarry in Oxford and was given to the students of the university by an anonymous donor.

October 12: Second vote to unionize the faculty. 


April 29-30 and May 3-4: Third vote for faculty unionization.  This vote was triggered by the so called Christmas Eve Massacre the previous December, when thirty-five tenured and non-tenured professors were sent notice of termination.  This is the beginning of the UDPU: the University of Detroit Professors Union.


The University celebrates its one hundredth birthday.

Science joins Engineering to become the College of Engineering and Science.



  September:  The theatre moves back to campus after residing at Marygrove for the past six years.

 September 21:   Library stacks are opened to students.

October 19: Fr Carron announces the Memorial Building will be renamed Calihan Hall.


August 27: Robert Mitchell, S.J.  becomes president of the university.


Stadium Demolished

Championship Fencing Team


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