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Alumni Center showcase: 1970s

The decade began with folk music in coffeehouses, including one in the basement of Williams Hall, and ended with a very different beat: disco. In 1970, Dr. MARTIN ABEGG ’47 HON ’93 became Bradley’s leader, a presidency that would span 22 years. The first new construction of the decade was Geisert Hall, a high-rise dormitory that opened in 1971. Visitation rules were relaxed there and in all residence halls. Students outfitted their rooms with popcorn poppers and portable televisions. An orange plastic TV, smaller than today’s most compact microwave ovens, is featured in the 1970s display. Across campus from the dorms, the new Haussler Hall gave students a place to lift weights, play intramurals, swim, and cheer on the swim team. President Gerald Ford appeared at Robertson Memorial Field House in 1976 and took questions from the audience. Men’s basketball was in its last years of regular play at the Field House, with stars like ROGER PHEGLEY ’78 (shown below). Transformed from Bradley’s original gymnasium, Hartmann Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1979, giving theater a chance to shine in stunning fashion.