1964 to 1972: Events

July 27, 1964
University President Thomas Henry Carroll dies suddenly of a heart attack.

September 1964
Thurston Hall opens as an all-female dormitory.

August 1965
Lloyd Elliott, former president of the University of Maine, becomes GW president despite faculty opposition.

November 24, 1966
The GW football team loses its last game to Villanova. Football would be discontinued as a University sport in early 1967.

January 30, 1967
The GW Hatchet begins publishing twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays.

Late 1960s
The fraternity and sorority system begins to decline. By 1971, 10 of the 14 sororities and four of the 12 fraternities shut down. In 1968, the student government orders all student groups to cease racial discrimination. Some Greek-letter organizations specifically discriminated against members of certain ethnic groups and were forced to close.

April 26, 1968
Students march in front of Rice Hall to protest treatment of blacks on campus and to demand a black cultural curriculum.

April 28, 1969
Former GW President Cloyd Heck Marvin dies.

May 6, 1970
GW is forced to shut down after reaction to the Kent State shootings-the largest student protests in the history of the University. By the end of the week, property damage was assessed at $30,000. The Hatchet reported that the strike was “an impressive piece of mass action and unity.”

February 1971
Despite student protests, the student union is renamed the Cloyd Heck Marvin Center after Marvin’s widow donates $1.5 million for the building and the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater.

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