This Month in NC State History (February) Timeline
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More calls for agricultural school
Leonidas Polk continues to call for an agricultural school in the first published issue of the Progressive Farmer.
First basketball game
The A&M College basketball team play their first official game at Wake Forest, losing 33-6. The team eventually became known at the Red Terrors, until 1947, when all NC State sports teams adopted the name Wolfpack.
First basketball game in Raleigh
The A&M College basketball team takes on Wake Forest in the first intercollegiate basketball game played in Raleigh, winning 19-18.
First Technician issue
The first issue of the Technician, the student newspaper, is published
Academic regulations for athletes
The Athletics Committee decides students must maintain a passing grade in 60% of their classes to play in collegiate athletic events.
First female Phi Kappa Phi member
Jane S. McKimmon becomes the first female inducted into NC State's chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
Cows cause damage to campus
Four prize cows step on an electrical wire, costing State College over $3,500 in damages.
Quiet Hour in dormitories
Quiet Hour goes into effect in all dormitories, beginning at 8pm.
Engineering book dontation
D. H. Hill Library is given a private engineering library of more than 1,000 books by the widow of Colonel J.L. Ludlow of Winston-Salem.
Academic dress required during commencement
The senior class passes a resolution requesting that faculty who participate in commencement exercises wear caps and gowns.
Attendance policy set
The Student Welfare Committee approves a plan that allows juniors and seniors with a B cumulative grade point average to have ten unexcused absences per term and twenty per year, but no more than sixty during their four-year academic careers.
New fight song
Fred Waring, prominent national band leader, agrees to write a new fight song for NC State, and to air it during his March 8, 1940 radio program.
Katharine Stinson hired
Katharine Stinson, a 1941 graduate of State College, is hired by the Civil Aeronautics Administration (forerunner of the Federal Aviation Administration) as a junior engineer, making her the first woman to hold this position.
Plans are announced for up to 2,000 military trainees to enroll at State College to take specialized defense classes through the United States War Department; the college will operate as two separate units: one for the military and one civilians.
Infirmary moves to Clark Hall
The college infirmary moves from Carroll Infirmary to Clark Hall, becoming the largest and most modern such facility among all Southeastern non-medical colleges.
Alumni in the Armed Services
Over 5,000 NC State alumni reported to be serving in the Armed Services, six of whom have obtained the rank of General.
Comic Strip Banquet
A Comic Strip Banquet, addressing the creation and impact of comic strips, is held in the private dining room of the cafeteria.
Forced basketball forfeiture
NC State is forced by the Raleigh fire chief to forfeit a basketball game against UNC because Thompson Gymnasium is too crowded and students refuse to leave the building.
Outing Club established
Debate Team championship
State College Debate Team members all win votes for national individual ranking during a competition at Columbia University.
Semester system implemented
The Board of Trustees agrees to transition the academic calendar from a quarter system to a semester system, by a vote of 46-28. NC State will switch over in the fall semester of 1953.
Louis Armstrong visits
Jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong performs at Reynolds Coliseum.
Bragaw Hall construction
Construction of Bragaw Hall begins to draw attention. The "new modernistic dormitory" is a "familiar landmark on the campus." It was named for Henry C. Bragaw, an alumnus who was killed in World War II and awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts.
Bragaw Hall dedication
Bragaw Hall is dedicated to the late Henry Churchill Bragaw, a well-known NC State alumnus who died during WWII. Bragaw was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the war.
Challenge issued to UNC students
Two NC State students challenge UNC students to a 55-mile walk-a-thon. If accepted, the students plan to leave at 2 pm on March 2nd, and hike throughout the night to the agreed location, where the winning team will be determined by the most walkers present throughout the race and completing it in under 20 hours. State students believe they will win.
Pullen Hall destroyed by fire
The original Pullen Hall is destroyed by a fire, which a former student later admitted to setting. Pullen Hall was built in 1902, and was the center of campus activities in the early twentieth century. It was located on the site of the present-day Peele Hall parking lot. A few years later, another building on campus was built and named Pullen Hall.
A group of students hold a rally to support better wages and working conditions for non-academic workers on campus. The protest is organized by the Society of Afro-American Culture and an offshoot of Students for a Democratic Society calling themselves "The Group."
Library addition passes inspection
The 11-story addition to the D.H. Hill Library (North Tower) passes inspection and is declared ready for opening.
A group of students donate over 3000 books to Raleigh Central Prison, completing a drive to collect books to provide prisoners with study materials for high school equivalency tests.
New dining options
Harris Cafeteria offers new $.99 dinners and $.89 breakfasts, each of which includes 1 entree, 2 vegetables, 2 rolls, 2 pieces of oleo, and a beverage.
Possible cap on enrollment
Consolidated University of North Carolina President William C. Friday announces that the NC State may need to put a ceiling on enrollment, unless more funding can be appropriated.
New Liberal Arts dean
Dr. Robert O. Tilman is appointed as the new dean of the School of Liberal Arts.
Walnut Room cafeteria opens
The University Student Center's Walnut Room cafeteria opens for the first time on this day at 11:30am.
An anti-death penalty rally is held on campus, lasting two days.
Uri Geller visits
Famed Israeli psychic Uri Geller puts on a show at the Stewart Theatre, bending keys with his mind.
A bomb threat targets Carmichael Gym, but no bomb is found.
First ACC Women's Basketball tournament
The NC State Women's Basketball team participates in the first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Basketball tournament as the top seed. NC State lost in the championship game to Maryland.
Wolf mascots get married
Mr. Wuf and Ms. Wuf were married in a mock wedding ceremony by the Wake Forest Demon Deacon mascot during halftime of a Men's Basketball game at Reynolds Coliseum. The two were joined in "canis matrimonium," and Chancellor Joab Thomas gave the bride away.
Iranian student protest
Iranian students protest the execution of 50 people by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The students ask to remain anonymous for fear of losing their rights in Iran.
President George Bush visits
President Bush toured two labs used in microelectronics research and joined a roundtable discussion on the international competitiveness in high-tech industries.
African-American Cultural Center opens
Witherspoon Student Center; (formerly the Student Center Annex) following its completion, this building housed the African American Cultural Center, which included meeting space, a library, and a multipurpose room. In 1992, following months of student and faculty protests, NCSU administrators granted the African American Cultural Center an operating budget.
President Jimmy Carter attends Emerging Issues Forum
Before a crowd of 1,300 people, the former president raised questions about the United States handling of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, and he called for the U.S. and Soviet Union to organize an international peace conference to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.