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April 11, 1988 - Image 28

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Life And Art APRIL 1988


Sex in the '80s:
trading curfews
for co-education
By Nancy Murphy
College Heights Herald
Western Kentucky U.
Ron brought Bonnie, his fiancee, back
to Gilbert Hall after a night out in 1966.
They were unaware that her dorm
director was watching as they kissed
goodnight. "I guess it (the kiss) was a
little longer than it was supposed to be,"
said Ron Beck, now associate director of
Alumni Affairs. The next day, Bonnie
had to report to the Dean of Women and
was cited for public display of affection.
At that time, Western Kentucky U.
had the policy of"in loco parentis," Beck
said. "The university operated in place
of the parents. Our situations at home
were more libertarian than they were
on campus," Beck said.
Rules such as curfews and permission
slips for overnight trips were strictly
enforced. And they applied to off-
campus students as well. Alcohol and
guests of the opposite sex weren't
allowed in apartments. Breaking up
partiesrwas an every-weekend occurr-
ence for John Sagabiel, who was the
Dean of Men from 1965 to 1972. The
police would call him if there were com-
plaints about a party and he would
check it out.
"I had a gimmick," Sagabiel said. "I
had an open-road Stetson hat, like the
ones cowboys used to wear. It was the
only one in town." The students would
see him coming, and "by the time I got
there they would be quieted down."
Statistics show that today's college
students are having more premarital
sex than past generations did. But some
students feel that it's just talked about
more openly. "I don't think the actual
number of people who are going to bed
with one another has changed in cen-
turies," said Joe Stites, who graduated
from Western in 1977.
One Bowling Green senior said, "I've
had one-night stands and never gone
out with them again. Then I've gone out
with someone I wanted to get serious
with, so I waited." Another senior had a
different attitude about casual sex.
"You get into too much trouble in one-
night stands," he said. "You have to face
the person the next day, and she feels
guilty and then you aren't friends any-
The'60s decade marked an evolution-
ary time in sexual attitudes. One 1977
graduate noted, "The only thing that
has changed is how people think about
it-whether they feel guilty or not."

Dennis Draughon's cartoons often take aim at national targets.
Irreverent carloonist publishes book

Continued From Page 1
different sections cover most of
Draughon's recurring themes: reli-
gion, Reagan, foreign policy and, of
course, N.C. State.
Draughon, a senior majoring in
history, has served as political car-
toonist and graphics editor since
1981. "Any issue where it comes to
student fees or privileges is pretty
ripe for comment," Draughon said.
Draughon said he is able to enter sca-
thing material in the student news-
paper because it is "one of the last
bastions of the free press-certainly
more free than a kept press."
He continues to uphold his power-
ful convictions despite attacks from
various audiences, reflecting a deter-
mined attitude toward his cartooning
which stems from his private life and
beliefs. "I've been through a lot of
strange twists," Draughon said.
Draughon registered to vote as an in-
dependent, but he said he chose not to
cast his ballot for anyone in his first
year as an eligible voter. He switched
to libertarianism until he "got to meet
some of them." Draughon now de-
scribes himself as "an anarchist."
The characterization seems un-
likely from the president of his high
school's National Honor Society. He
was also a nationally recognized
member of the debate team-a re-

His scathing commentary wreaks havoc
Draughon received second place in the 1984 Collegiate Editorial Cartoonist exhibition
for this cartoon.

spectable young man. "I was either
going to become a Nazi or a Com-
munard," he said of the time. Sena-
tors Jesse Helms and Robert Morgan
arranged for him to attend West
Point after high school, but he never
went. "I couldn't do enough pull-ups,"
Draughon said.
Readers need not know of
Draughon's political or social
theories to understand his cartoons,
though. "Cartoons are more for de-
negration than for espousing broad

issues," he said. Draughon said he
received death threats and, more fre-
quently, abusive phone calls when
his number was in the book. "I've had
a lot of invective hurled at me with no
"I don't mind getting abuse. I just
wish the abuse I was getting was
from intelligent people." But
Draughon's brash cartooning nearly
invites abuse. "What I want to do," he
said, "is piss you off enough to make
you think about it."

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