Alumni Life

The Year that Was 1967

While race riots and war protests raged, UB students took part in the highs and the lows of a tumultuous time in history.

Spring Weekend trike race, 1967.

Photographs courtesy University Archives

UB Spectrum, December 15, 1967.

Headlines from The Spectrum

  • “Locally and nationally—students protest: against the draft, the war, CIA and the DOW Chemical Co.”
  • “University will get new computer; remote typewriter facilities foreseen”
  • “Hippies: a real happening”
  • “Mono cases increase; smooching blamed”

Candy apple sale at Norton Union.

Around campus

  • The Black Student Union was founded (though it took another year to gain official recognition from the Student Association).
  • Curfews were abolished for female students living in dorms.
  • Plans for a temporary campus on Ridge Lea Road were pursued to accommodate a growing student body.
  • Members of UB’s Pithecology Club went on an eight-day research trip to Lake Ochakeenawanabacki to study the migratory habits of the feared Aleurocanthus Woglumi—at least according to the yearbook. Sound like a joke? We think it might have been.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Notable visitors

  • Muhammad Ali, stripped of his heavyweight title after refusing induction into the U.S. Army earlier that year, gave a talk on campus.
  • A year before his death, Upton Sinclair visited UB to discuss his novel “The Jungle.” Other literary legends appearing on campus included Joseph Heller, Norman Mailer, John Updike and Leonard Cohen.
  • A 16-year-old Janis Ian performed to an overflow crowd of students in Norton Union. At the time little known, she would later rise to musical stardom with her single “At Seventeen.”
  • Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in front of more than 2,000 people at Kleinhans Music Hall at an event sponsored by the Graduate Student Association.

First issue of Rolling Stone.

1967 was a year of firsts

  • First issue of Rolling Stone
  • First Super Bowl: Green Bay Packers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
  • First African-American justice appointed to the Supreme Court: Thurgood Marshall
Want to go back to 1967?

See more of what UB was like in 1967. Page through the 1967 Buffalonian yearbook here.

Are you a graduate of the 1960s?

Don’t miss the UB Groovin’ reunion on Oct. 6-8. Click to register.