This Month in NC State History (November) Timeline
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Red and white chosen
A majority of students chose red and white as colors for the sports teams. The colors changed a couple different times during the early years of the college. The faculty agreed to the adoption of red and white and stated that they could not be changed again without a vote of two-thirds of the student body. The colors have remained the same ever since.
Memorial Bell Tower cornerstone laid
The cornerstone is laid for the Memorial Bell Tower, a monument to honor State College alumni who had been killed during World War I.
Apple Judging Team
The State College Apple Judging Team wins third place at the Intercollegiate Apple Judging Contest in Atlantic City, NJ.
Agriculture Club social event
The Agriculture Club of State College hosts a "Barn-warming" for visiting farmers at Thompson Gym.
Emergency airplane landing
An aviator was forced to make an emergency landing in the field just west of Thompson Gymnasium, after being unable to locate the airport. State college offered him the use of the woodshop to make repairs to his airplane.
Freshman Cap vote
Nearly 1,000 students—about half the student body—vote on the freshman cap referendum. By 15 votes, they elect to keep the caps. Freshmen accept the decision and continue to wear the caps throughout the spring semester, though the close vote leads the Student Council and the NC State Board of Trustees to consider requiring the caps to be worn just for the fall semester instead of the full academic year.
Freshman Cap advice
Comiskey (a student) has worn a dress for 13 days when more than 400 freshmen meet and decide to stand in unity with him and burn their freshman caps. Henry Love, Class of 1930 and Vice President of the Student Council, addresses the freshmen, telling them that “burning the caps now would only necessitate the buying of new ones, or trouble.” He advises them to try to get rid of the caps through a student body referendum.
Freshman Cap referendum
Freshmen vote 582 to 18 to seek a referendum regarding the required wearing of freshman caps on campus.
After a power outage causes lights in the 1911 Dormitory to go off, students build a fire in front of the building to provide light inside. The Raleigh Fire Department sends two trucks to extinguish the blaze, with organized student cheering sections encouraging the firemen while they work.
Chinese delegates visit
Chinese delegates address State College students and Raleigh citizens in an event sponsored by the YMCA and YWCA.
First annual High School Day
The first annual High School Day brings approximately 6,000 seniors to visit NC State's campus; many stay to attend the State-Duquesne football game, as well.
First female full professor and department head
Gertrude Cox is hired as Professor of Statistics and head of the Department of Experimental Statistics, becoming the first woman at State College to occupy either rank.
NC State beats UNC in football for the first time in 14 seasons
Early female band member
Lois Madden (on drums) becomes one of the first women to ever join the NC State marching band.
Pep rally plans
A pyrotechnic display consisting of sparklers spelling out "Beat Wake Forest" is planned for the day's pep rally.
Dedication of the Memorial Bell Tower
The Memorial Bell Tower is dedicated, with former Governor R. Gregg Cherry present at the ceremony.
Dr. James H. Hilton resigns his position as the Dean of the School of Agriculture.
First ACC football title
The State College football team defeats the University of South Carolina to win their first Atlantic Coast Conference title.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti visits
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a noted poet associated with the Beat Generation, gives a lecture at the College Union.
Harrelson Hall (named for former chancellor John William Harrelson) opens
Harrelson Hall, NC State's newest classroom building, opens to the public for the first time as part of the School of Agriculture's Open House. The building seats 3,429 people.
Burlington Labs maintenance
Sixty gallons of anti-freeze are put in the cooling tower for the reactor in Burlington Laboratory, added to keep the 250 gallons of water in the tower from freezing during the winter.
Women in science and engineering
Two female engineering students from NC State attend a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that discusses the opportunities and difficulties facing women in the fields of science and engineering.
Compulsory ROTC service abolished
The Faculty Senate votes to abolish compulsory ROTC. Prior to this date, all male students were required to take military training.
Rolling Stones perform
The Rolling Stones perform at Reynolds Coliseum. The Stones are joined by Patti LaBelle for the show.
Final game at Riddick Stadium
The final football game is played in Riddick Stadium. Members of the football team mob Harold Deters after he kicks the winning field goal against Florida State, resulting in a final score of 3-0.
Brigade of Guards perform
Two units of Queen Elizabeth II's Brigade of Guards (the Band of the Welsh Guards and the pipes, drums, and dancers of the Scots Guards) join forces for a "pageant" of music, marching, and dancing at Reynolds Coliseum.
Folksinger Bob Godfrey performs
5th Dimension performance
The 5th Dimension perform at Reynolds Coliseum.
Homecoming Queen candidates
David Mark Brown becomes one of 22 semi-finalists competing for the position of Homecoming Queen. Sponsored by Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Brown ran to promote higher campus interest in Homecoming.
Student Government passes a bill stating that students may place referendums on Student Senate election ballots by collecting signatures of at least 5% of the student body in favor of the referendum.
Lou Holtz hired
Lou Holtz is hired as the new head football coach, replacing Al Michaels.
Student body presidents from NC State, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro publish a joint statement urging the impeachment of President Nixon, complete with 12 reasons why the proceedings should begin.
George Faison Universal Dance Experience visits
Stewart Theatre hosts the George Faison Universal Dance Experience.
Jim Valvano's debut
NC State beats UNC-Wilmington, 83-59, in Jim Valvano's debut as head Men's Basketball coach.
First game at the RBC Center
The NC State Men's Basketball team beats Georgia, 67-63, in their first game at the RBC Center.