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40 years ago: Students beginning to pay for college tuition with credit cards

November 24, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 24, 1970:

  • Student financial aid officials at Ohio State University and the University of Iowa were experimenting with the idea of students using credit cards to pay all or part of their tuition expenses. The practice was expected to become more widespread if the experiment was successful.
  • At a rally by the Kansas University Black Students Union, this ultimatum was presented to KU and the Kansas Board of Regents: "By Dec. 2, if Gary Jackson is not reinstated, or an ample reply produced as to why he is not, then we shall take necessary actions to see that the remainder of the staff and faculty share in his condition of unemployment." Jackson had been dismissed in July from his position of assistant to the dean of men and instructor in black studies after he and others had reportedly purchased ammunition during the very tense days of summer 1970 in Lawrence.
  • Kansas State University had reportedly broken the color barrier in their fraternity system by accepting their first black man as a pledge. KU had taken that step two years earlier, when Alpha Kappa Lambda had pledged Willie McDaniel in 1968.

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Roland Gunslinger 3 years, 5 months ago

"40 years ago: Students beginning to pay for college tuition with credit cards"

40 years later: Former students still paying off credit cards used to pay tuition because they were never taught money management and how credit cards should only be used for emergencies.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 5 months ago

"Kansas State University had reportedly broken the color barrier in their fraternity system by accepting their first black man as a pledge. KU had taken that step two years earlier, when Alpha Kappa Lambda had pledged Willie McDaniel in 1968."

So, Jim Crow was alive and well in the fraternities as recently as 40 years ago.

How many black students are currently members of traditionally white frats and sororities?

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