Welcome to the Alumni Class of 1971


Nostalgia:  a bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.  (The American Heritage Dictionary)

That sums up the purpose of this section of our web site. It is where we will collect some of the fondest memories of your undergraduate years at Cornell. This is a new concept for alumni classes so help us out. Send us your memories.

Time Line:

One of the items in our project is to create a time line of significant events for our class. We are just starting the project so come back monthly to see our progress. Send us your significant events so we can add them to the class time line. Or share your thoughts or corrections about events already included.
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September 7, 1967

Move in day. Here is an excerpt from the Cornell Daily Sun this day. 

"Nearly 2,400 long-haired, cru-cutted, bearded, clean shaven, sockless, booted, tie-less, ascoted high school graduates will flock to the campus today from the less-than-uniform Class of 1971.

The weatherman predicted plenty of sunshine for today, but that can only lessen the confusion and not block it out entirely - the cars will still have to find parking spaces mid-way up Libe Slope, some luggage will undoubtedly be undelivered, and students may discover that roommates are strange bedfellows."


Curfews for women and separate dorms. This will all change by graduation.

November 9

The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine hits the news stands.

December 8

The Graduate premiers in Los Angeles.

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"Mister Rogers'Neighborhood" comes to TV
First cash dispensing machine is installed.

January, 1968

During finals week in January, the temperature never got above zero. The snow squeaked when we walked on it. When the temperature finally got up to 20, people were walking around with their coats off.

The Tet Offensive, a North Vietnamese attack of South Vietnamese cities is considered by some as the turning point of the was .

January 20, 1968

A $150 hike in tuition for Cornell's endowed colleges on the Ithaca campus was approved Saturday by the University Board of Trustees.

The tuition increase will raise to $2,200 the yearly bill for tuition and fees paid by students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, School of Hotel Administration, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, the division of Unclassified Students and all endowed Graduate divisions, except law. Tuition for the Law School will remain at $1,900 and the College of Medicine will maintain its $1,800 tuition rate.

Room rents climb to $570 per year for undergraduate women and $474 per year for undergraduate men: and 8% increase.

April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis by James Earl Ray.

2001: A Space Odyssey premieres on April 6.

April 19-20, 1968

Take over of Willard Straight Hall. Parents' Weekend

April 21, 1968

University-wide convocation attended by about 12,000 students, faculty, employees and parents

April 22, 1968

Dale Corson becomes university president as James Perkins resigns

June 5, 1968

Robert F. Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles by Sirhan Sirhan. He dies the next day.

August 5-8, 1968

Richard Nixon receives nomination for President for the Republican Party.

August 26-29, 1968

Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Hubert Humphrey is nominated. Violent clashes between protesters and the Chicago police with the National Guard.

November 5, 1968

Nixon elected President.

December 21-27, 1968

Apollo 8 mission is the first to circle the moon.

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"Sesame Street"comes to TV

January, 1969

Richard Nixon is inaugurated President

April 19, 1969

On April 19, 1969, black students occupied Willard Straight during Parents' Weekend as a continuing form of protest about racial issues on campus. Citing the university's racist attitudes and irrelevant curriculum, the students occupied the building for thirty-six hours. (Get more information from the "Willard Straight Takeover Study Guide".)

July 14, 1969

Easy Rider premiers.

July 20, 1969

U.S. astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. land on the moon. 

 August, 1969

Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, NY 

December 1, 1969

Draft lottery held by the U.S. Selective Service.

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Four Kent university students were killed by the gunfire of Ohio National Guardsman during a protest of the Vietnam War.
First New York marathon conducted with 128 runners

April 21, 1970

First Earth Day.

May 4, 1970

Four people killed when National Guardsmaen fire on Vietnam War protester at Kent State University.

No final exams

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Pentagon Papers submitted to the New York Times and the Washington Post by Daniel Elsberg.


Classes were canceled for the first time in the University's history due to a snow storm.

May 26, 1971

Graduation in Barton Hall for 3,00 students


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