Winter 2015

Time Capsule

Ralph Nader speaking to a Suffolk audience in 1972 in John Hancock Hall


Although his epitaph will likely include the word spoiler, in 1972, Ralph Nader was primarily known as a consumer advocate. On February 4 of that year, a Suffolk audience packed John Hancock Hall for his visit sponsored by the Political Science Club. Corporate lobbies and special interest groups are no match for large numbers of citizens willing to give their time and energy, Nader said, especially if they are represented by skilled people giving their full time and energy on the controversies of the decade.

ON CAMPUS in ’72

Speakers at Suffolk included Black Panther Party co-founder Bobby Seale, former JFK press secretary Pierre Salinger, then-Congressional candidate Joe Moakley JD ’56, HDPA ’77, and Senator Ted Kennedy HDPA ’64

Jeanne M. Hession LLB ’56, HDJS '74 named first female Suffolk trustee

Faculty assembly votes to abolish gym as graduation requirement 

Black Student Affairs Committee established

Suffolk purchases 45 and 47 Mt. Vernon Street to house business and journalism programs


First Boston Marathon to admit female runners

President Richard Nixon visits China

Shirley Chisholm, first African American congresswoman, launches presidential campaign

1972 babies: Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Shaquille O’Neal, Ben Affleck, Gwyneth Paltrow

Dartmouth admits first female student, following Suffolk’s lead from 39 years earlier. (Just saying . . .)   

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