Today in NC State History: New dance rules announced

February 24, 2015
By Bill Krueger

historyIconUniversity officials were not saying that students couldn’t dance. They were just asking them to be more careful about things when they did dance.

It was on this day in 1975 that new rules were announced for dances held in the Student Center Ballroom. University officials were concerned that the room and its carpeting were taking a beating from cigarette burns and students fueled by alcohol.

“These rules are an effort to stop the slow ruin of the carpet in the ballroom and surrounding wings,” read a story in the Technician.

The new rules called for more signs clearly reminding students of the rules against smoking and alcohol, and required the hosting organizations to have marshals and door guards. The rules also called for the carpet in heavy traffic areas to be covered during the dance.

As for “rock dances,” the new rules said that they should be held somewhere else.

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