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 [69]

    Photos and documents related to protests of national and campus issues.
  • Public Health [0]

    This collection contains photos and documents about the 1918 flu pandemic, COVID-19, and other public health related cases.
  • Racist and Hate Incidents [31]

    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

  • Students Demand Intercultural Efforts 

    Kamalaldin, Kamal (Kalamazoo College Index, 2014-05-28)
    A demonstration held on May 17, 2014 demanded the creation of an Intercultural Center on campus as well as anti-racism training, transparency in diversity efforts by the administration, and changes to the student code of ...
  • Call and Response: Rally Across Town 

    Smith, Colin (Kalamazoo College Index, 2014-10-29)
    A rally for the National Day of Action Against Mass Incarceration and Police Brutality was held at Bronson Park on October 22, 2014. Speakers included Patrice Cullors-Brignac and Kalamazoo College student Rian Brown, Class ...
  • K Students Travel to Ferguson, MO 

    Giscombe, Kevona (Kalamazoo College Index, 2014-10-15)
    Fifteen Kalamazoo College students who were members of the Black Student Organization and the Caribbean Society joined the protests of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The students also participated in a ...
  • Black Lives Matter flyer, 2014 

    Unknown author (2014-11)
    This flyer was posted on campus by the student group Black Girls Rock! in November of 2014. In that year, the Black Lives Matter movement gained national attention as it protested the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, ...
  • Index Special Edition: A Plea for Tolerance 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1986-06-06)
    The student newspaper issued a special edition titled "A Plea for Tolerance" in response to anti-gay graffiti found in Dewing Hall. The issue includes photos and letters written by students, faculty, and staff denouncing ...
  • "Homosexuality is a Pitfall" graffiti 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1986-06-01)
    Graffiti found in Dewing Hall, a classroom building, on June 1, 1986 attacked members of the college's gay community. This particular photo shows graffiti on the door to a women's bathroom that says "Homosexuality is a ...
  • "Go Home Lesbos" graffiti 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1986-06-01)
    Kalamazoo College's campus was shocked on June 1, 1986 to find Dewing Hall marked with anti-gay and lesbian graffiti. This image shows "GO HOME f*ckin' LESBOS. I don't believe in this kind of 'verbal' abuse, but it's fun ...
  • "AIDS Is Your Punishment" graffiti 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1986-06-01)
    Dewing Hall was vandalized with homophobic graffiti on June 1, 1986. This particular image shows "AIDS is your punishment!" written in chalk on a door. Other words were written above this but were smeared and are illegible. ...
  • "GLSG + WIG = DEATH" graffiti 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1986-06-01)
    On June 1, 1986 graffiti was found chalked in Dewing Hall. This photograph shows graffiti that read "GLSG + WIG = DEATH!!" The two student groups mentioned were the Gay and Lesbian Support Group (GLSG) and the Women's ...
  • Dewing Vandals Come Forward 

    Overton, Joni (Kalamazoo College Index, 1986-06-27)
    This article from the student newspaper informed the campus that two students who chalked homophobic messages in Dewing Hall came forward to the college administration. Both faced disciplinary action that included apologizing ...
  • Letter to Campus Community, September 28, 1998 

    Jones, James F., Jr. (James Fleming), 1947- (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-28)
    In this letter to the campus community, President James F. Jones, Jr. gives details of a racist note left on a student’s dorm room door on Sunday, September 27, 1998 and a fire in the same room the following day. The ...
  • President Jones Speaks 

    Harris, Lisa-Marie (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-28)
    President James F. Jones, Jr. addresses the college community on the campus quad on Monday, September 28, 1998 to talk about a racist note posted on a Black student’s dorm room door on Sunday afternoon. That Monday morning ...
  • Julius Moore Speaks 

    McClintic, Erin R. (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-28)
    Julius Moore ’96 speaks to the Kalamazoo College student body about the racist note left on another Black student’s dorm room door the previous day (September 27, 1998). A fire in the same student’s dorm room that morning ...
  • Hatred Will Not Be Tolerated 

    Harris, Lisa-Marie (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-28)
    Members of the Women’s Resource Center carry a sign that reads “Hatred will NOT be tolerated.” Students are gathered in the background to listen to the address from President James F. Jones about the racist note and fire ...
  • Letter to Parents, September 29, 1998 

    Jones, James F., Jr. (James Fleming), 1947- (Kalamazoo College, 1998-09-29)
    In a letter dated September 29, 1998, college president James F. Jones, Jr. wrote to parents of students to address a racist note and dorm room fire that shocked the college campus. After giving details of the two events ...
  • Student's Respond to President's Speech 

    Haedicke, Michael; McClintic, Erin R. (Kalamazoo College Index, 1998-09-30)
    The student newspaper reported on events on campus in the days following a racist note and fire in a Black student’s dorm room. The First Year Forum would cover the topic of a “culture of silence.” A candlelight vigil was ...
  • Administration, Commission Respond to Incident 

    Farkas, Andrew (Kalamazoo College Index, 1998-10-07)
    A week and a half after an incident on Kalamazoo College’s campus involving a racist note and dorm room fire, the student newspaper updated the campus on the victim, the possibility of the SafeWalk program, and comments ...
  • Kalamazoo City Police Continue Investigation 

    Haedicke, Michael (Kalamazoo College Index, 1998-10-14)
    The October 14, 1998 issue of the student newspaper gives an update on the police investigation into the racist note and dorm fire that took place on campus two weeks earlier. In this article, the police captain, although ...
  • Speaking Against Racism 

    McClintic, Erin R. (Kalamazoo College, 1998)
    An unidentified man speaks out about the September 1998 racist incident on Kalamazoo College’s campus while standing on the steps of Hicks Center. In the aftermath of the incident students chalked messages on campus walls ...
  • Police Say They Now Believe Fire Was Arson 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College Index, 1998-11-11)
    The student newspaper provides another update on the police investigation into a racist hate note and fire in a Black student’s dorm room in September of 1998. The fire in Trowbridge Hall, according to the police, was set ...

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