Interview with Steve Bright, February 1, 1977

Project: University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project

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Steve Bright began his freshman year at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1966. He states that there was a feeling that UK was improving academically and making progress, but explains that this changed radically once Louie B. Nunn was elected governor and more political influence was felt upon the university. Bright remembers that he was very fond of President John W. Oswald and states that the first significant student demonstration on campus was organized in favor of Oswald. Bright's opinion of President Albert D. "Ab" Kirwan is not as positive. In 1969, Dr. Singletary became president and Bright feels that the emphasis of this administration was focused on building a new football stadium.

Although Bright originally declared his major as journalism, he changed to political science after his first year. He also became involved in student government and became student body president. In the fall of 1968, Bright sponsored the "Dixie Bill" in the student government assembly to cease the playing of the song "Dixie" at Kentucky football games. In Bright's junior year, he joined the Sigma Nu fraternity and recalls his positive experience and his concern at the lack of diversity within the fraternities on campus. In 1970, Bright made a push toward full integration of the fraternities. Most fraternities did not integrate while he was there, but Bright states there was a great effort within Sigma Nu.

Bright remembers that social life on campus was separated into two distinct classes of students. There were the traditional students and the radical students. He also believes that there was too much emphasis on athletics throughout the university. Bright also discusses women's presence on campus and the role of the Black Student Union. Bright describes other controversies and activities on the campus including politics, drugs, the city of Lexington's involvement with UK and the Kentucky Kernel.

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1977oh002_af048

Interviewee Name

Steve Bright

Interviewer Name

William Cooper

Interview Date

1977-02-01

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Bright, Steve Interview by William Cooper. 01 Feb. 1977. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Bright, S. (1977, February 01). Interview by W. Cooper. University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Bright, Steve, interview by William Cooper. February 01, 1977, University of Kentucky: 1970 Student Protests Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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