Waldorf graduates recall life on campus

2011-09-28T05:45:00Z Waldorf graduates recall life on campusBy Rae Yost Mason City Globe Gazette
September 28, 2011 5:45 am  • 

FOREST CITY - When Carolyn Enstad's parents dropped her off at Waldorf College in the fall of 1969,they noticed a lot of men would be living in her dorm.

"There was more men in that dorm then in my high school class," Enstad said.

Her parents were worried but Enstad wasn't.

"I told them 'mom and dad, I'm going to love it here,'" Enstad said.

She did love it, along with other friends from her class of 1971 that returned for homecoming on the Forest City campus this past weekend.

Waldorf was a two-year college when Enstad and other students attended.

One section of the dorm Tanner Hall had one floor of girls.

The campus life rules were stricter than today. Males had more freedom than female students, the graduates said.

"The girls had certain hours," Enstad said of curfews.

"(Girls) had to be in at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends," former resident advisor Marlys McNutt-Nail said.

The curfews often meant female students couldn't go to the popular Leland business called Mitz and Bertha's as Enstad recalled.

The female students solved that by placing their burger orders with male students. They filled an ice cream pail with money and with a rope, moved that pail from an upper floor to the ground where the men waited, Susan Bubolz said.

Panty raids were also popular. A panty raid was when male students broke the rules and entered the dorm floors that housed female students. They ran through the halls and, often, were able to grab underwear from a room. The female students weren't uncooperative, graduates said, because it was a fun way to bend the campus rules.

Karen Miller said on one occassion, she got in trouble for her role in a raid.

"We got campused," Miller said of her punishment. "You had to stay in your room for a whole week."

Although the students bent or broke some rules in lighthearted fun, the students and campus weren't completely removed from the social environment in the U.S. Although Forest City may not have had the formal war and civil rights protests, the social issues and discussions of the day were found on the campus, Jim Schneider said.

Schneider described a culture clash between students of varying cultures, race and state origin that resulted in school being closed for three days.

"Eventually, things turned out Ok," Schneider said.

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