Morehead State University

Poster Title

Buses Go East, Buses Go West

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Morehead State University

Abstract

During the sixties, colleges changed. Enrollments grew and new buildings shot up as state legislators increased funding. Students began to take a more active role in the political and social climate of the campuses. The Vietnam War contributed to the transformations that were already underway. Power struggles emerged between conservative administrators and increasingly liberal students. Morehead State University in eastern Kentucky mirrored the rest of the nation. The school's president, Adron Doran, did not willingly accept the cultural shifts, and perceived them as threat to his authority. Ironically, he embraced the educational changes and built new facilities and programs, but naively could not grasp that students also were ready for a change, and regularly declared that if you are not happy with the way things are done at Morehead, there are "buses going East, and buses going West."

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Buses Go East, Buses Go West

During the sixties, colleges changed. Enrollments grew and new buildings shot up as state legislators increased funding. Students began to take a more active role in the political and social climate of the campuses. The Vietnam War contributed to the transformations that were already underway. Power struggles emerged between conservative administrators and increasingly liberal students. Morehead State University in eastern Kentucky mirrored the rest of the nation. The school's president, Adron Doran, did not willingly accept the cultural shifts, and perceived them as threat to his authority. Ironically, he embraced the educational changes and built new facilities and programs, but naively could not grasp that students also were ready for a change, and regularly declared that if you are not happy with the way things are done at Morehead, there are "buses going East, and buses going West."