Events such as natural disasters (fire, tornado), pandemics (influenza and COVID-19), protests (BSO, Vietnam), racist/hate incidents (anti-gay and lesbian graffiti, racist note), and wars (Civil War, World Wars) are highlighted in the Episodes in College's History community.

Sub-communities within this community

  • Natural Disasters [9]

    This collection contains photos and documents about a tornado and fires that damaged the college campus.
  • Protests [88]

    Photos and documents related to protests of national and campus issues.
  • Public Health [26]

    This collection contains photos and documents about the 1918 flu pandemic, COVID-19, and other public health related cases.
  • Racist and Hate Incidents [36]

    Photos and documents related to racist and hate incidents on campus.
  • Wars [68]

    Photos and documents related to the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.

Recent Submissions

  • Julius Caesar Cast, 1920 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1920-01)
    In January of 1920, the Junior Class held a carnival to raise money for the annual yearbook. At the carnival, members of the Century Forum literary society performed Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. This photo of the cast shows ...
  • BSO Protest, 1969 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1969-05)
    Four members of the Black Student Organization (BSO) stand in protest in front of the Fine Arts Building, probably on Saturday, May 17, 1969 protest after the BSO rejected the college administration's response to their ...
  • MECha Students Make Demands of School 

    Wendel, Jennifer R. (Kalamazoo College Index, 2012-09-26)
    This article gives details about the demands made by MECha (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) students after a campus event with Guillermo Gómez-Peña in 2012. Students called for a multicultural center, more Latinx ...
  • Recent Events and Commitment to Safety and Inclusion 

    President's Staff (Kalamazoo College, 2015-02-26)
    A letter from the President's Staff about an incident at a Student Commission meeting that led to students feeling unsafe on campus and the administration's pledge to address issues of safety and inclusivity.
  • I am Not #UnsafeAtK: How to be a White Ally 

    Pizza, Riley (Kalamazoo College Index, 2015-03-04)
    An Index article written by the Opinions editor about how to support students of color in response to the #UnsafeAtK movement.
  • Standing for Our Values 

    Wilson-Oyelaran, Eileen B., 1947- (Kalamazoo College, 2015-03-04)
    A letter written by President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran and members of the President's staff condemning the threats made on a Student Commission Google doc. Concerned students met with administrators and an investigation was ...
  • Campus Update email 

    McDonald, Mickey (Kalamazoo College, 2015-03-08)
    A message from the Provost to faculty and staff giving updates on the Student Commission Google doc threat investigation and meetings between students and members of the Board of Trustees.
  • Update and Message from the President 

    Wilson-Oyelaran, Eileen B., 1947- (Kalamazoo College, 2015-03-16)
    A message from President Eileen B. Wilson-Oyelaran that was posted to the Parents & Families section of the college website. It gives details on the investigation into the Student Commission Google doc threat as well as ...
  • Information about Student Meeting email 

    McDonald, Mickey (Kalamazoo College, 2015-04-03)
    An email to faculty and staff from the Provost sharing a joint message from President's Staff and the Intercultural Movement.
  • Overview of Spring Intercultural Work email 

    McDonald, Mickey (Kalamazoo College Index, 2015-04-08)
    An email sent out by the Provost to faculty and staff giving updates on work related to the Intercultural Movement. Four working groups made up of faculty, staff, and students were created in the following areas: curriculum, ...
  • A Shifting Role of Social Media on Campus 

    Dunham, Trisha Bloniarz (Kalamazoo College Index, 2015-04-15)
    This Index article gives details about the role of social media in the Student Commission Google doc threat and #UnsafeAtK hashtag.
  • March Threat Investigation Update email 

    President's Staff (Kalamazoo College, 2015-08-17)
    An email to faculty, staff, and students stating that the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety closed its investigation related to the Google doc threat.
  • Demands Unmet, 50 Years Later 

    Bonner, Cavan (Kalamazoo College Index, 2018-05-16)
    Fifty years after the 1968 BSO protests, another protest demanding change was held on Kalamazoo College's campus. Students marched to Mandelle Hall and staged a sit-in. New demands related to the Intercultural Center and ...
  • "Diana Ross and the Supremes" Airband performance 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1988-02-05)
    The winner of the 1988 Airband performance, a lip sync and choreography competition, was a group performing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross and The Supremes. The male performers wear dresses and wigs and at ...
  • "The Jackson 5" Airband performance 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1988-02-05)
    The 1988 Airband performance, a competition where individuals or groups lip synced and choreographed performances of musical artists, included a production of The Jackson 5's song "A-B-C, Easy as 1-2-3." The performers ...
  • 1986 Hate Crime letter from The Index 

    Evans, Sara A.; Mahany, Patrick Joseph; Topolsky, Linda; Torresen, David; Hooft, Mila Visser 't (Kalamazoo College, 1986-06-01)
    This letter from The Index was in response to hate crimes on campus during the 1985-86 school year.
  • Virtual Community Project Week 1 

    Office of Student Activities (Kalamazoo College, 2020-03-31)
    The Office of Student Activities sponsored events during Spring 2020 using Instagram, Microsoft Teams, and Snapchat. Wellness Wednesday was a group session sponsored by the Counseling Center to help deal with the sudden ...
  • Virtual Community Center Launch 

    Office of Student Activities (Kalamazoo College, 2020-03-28)
    This social media post announced the launch of the Virtual Community Center (VCC). A Microsoft Teams site was developed in response to campus closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. The VCC allowed the Office of Student ...
  • Natatorium Construction 

    Murphy, Lisa (Kalamazoo College, 2020-05-31)
    Construction on the new natatorium was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Originally set to open on 10/10/2020, work on the new swimming pool continued through the Spring term of 2021.
  • Important: Scheduling for Retrieval of Student Belongings in Campus Housing 

    Office of Residential Life (Kalamazoo College, 2020-05-15)
    When students left at the end of the 2020 winter term, they thought that the coronavirus would only delay their return by two weeks. However, the sudden switch to online only classes for the entire spring meant that ...

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