"…As a result of the women’s curfew a tradition
arose in which male students made arrangements to come to the women’s
dorm at a specified time…"
W. Terry Martin ’70, ’77 shared with us some of his memories
of Samford in the late 1960s:
When I was a student in the late 1960s there was a tradition of dyeing
the fountains in front of the business school and the law school at homecoming
and graduation. One would be dyed blue, the other red. Before there were
two fountains the tradition was to put soap in the fountain at homecoming
and graduation. The campus police--“Pinkies,” as they were
called then--would try to guard the fountains, but it was always futile.
Riding cafe trays down Vail hill was a blast, but being pulled up by holding
onto the rear bumper of a VW “Bug” was even more fun.
Ins and Outs of Curfew
Women students were under a strict curfew of 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Male students had no such curfew; we only had to be careful to not come
on campus too many times after midnight when the gates were locked. As
a result of the women's curfew a tradition arose in which male students
made arrangements to come to the women’s dorm at a specified time.
Their female friends would then lower baskets or buckets or attach notes
to ropes and lower them. The notes would be orders for food or other items
that could only be obtained outside their dorm. The guys then retrieved
the orders, came back to the women's dorm, and again the ropes would be
lowered and items attached or placed in the containers for raising.
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