A Campaign for Women. When the University’s Board of Trustees voted to allow coeducation in 1898, it was with the stipulation that women must raise $100,000 ($2 million today). After raising $40,000, the board agreed to admit women if another $10,000 could be raised. A day before the deadline, and $8,000 short, Anthony quickly raised $6,000 and eventually pledged her own life insurance, guaranteeing women’s admittance into the University in the fall of 1900.
Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies. Drawing on Anthony’s goals and ideals, the institute was founded in 1986. Led by Director Nora Rubel, the institute supports the Gender and Women’s Studies Program; supports faculty research on the intersection of race, gender, and visual culture; and is, overall, dedicated to issues important to understanding the role of women and gender throughout history and in contemporary society.
Susan B. Anthony Center. Inspired by Anthony’s vision and passion, the center was founded in 1995 to recognize women’s current and past contributions for the purpose of encouraging young women to enter nontraditional careers and strive for leadership positions. Today, led by Director Catherine Cerulli, the center is focused on serving the needs of women on campus, connecting them to community resources, and overcoming the remaining barriers to their full equality.
The Mystery of the Woman’s Suffrage Party’s Safe. While its opening didn’t exactly rival the hype of opening Al Capone’s vault, a safe linked to Susan B. Anthony was opened in June 2013 after being locked for 15 years—the combination long lost. Some speculated it might contain a suffrage flag, love letters, or even a flask. The contents were not nearly that sensational, but priceless, nonetheless.
Suffragette City. While it’s certain Rochester is not what David Bowie had in mind when he wrote Suffragette City, Susan B. Anthony spent the most politically active period of her life (1886–1906) at 17 Madison St. In 1945, the house was purchased and turned into a memorial to Anthony and the women’s rights cause. After her death in 1906, she was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.
“Where No Man Has Gone Before.” Originally rejected by NBC, Star Trek: The Original Series was given a second pilot episode. Under this title, Eastman alumnus Alexander “Sandy” Courage ’41 wrote the score for the now commonly known theme song. Fans or not, many have whistled this tune.
Whoosh! For the opening credits to Star Trek: The Original Series, the crew struggled to produce the proper sound effect for the USS Enterprise flying across the screen. Courage, using only his voice, produced the sound that became cemented into the show’s history. Courage talks about this experience, and more, here.
The Next Generation. If you’re a big fan of Lt. Reginald E. Barclay III, you can thank English Professor Sarah Higley. Under the pseudonym “Sally Caves,” Higley wrote the episode “Hollow Pursuits” where Barclay was introduced as a character and for which she earned an Emmy nomination. She also wrote the episode “Babel” for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Sorry, Worf. One of the main characters in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is Worf. In the episode “Reunion,” Thomas Perry ’74 (PhD) kills the mother of Worf’s child…as one of the writers. It’s not an uncommon fate for one of Perry’s characters who has found success as a thriller novelist with the Jane Whitfield detective series.
USS Advancement. Every ship needs a captain. In Star Trek, the USS Enterprise had both Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. As it happens, former Advancement Captain Jim Thompson is an unabashed Trekkie. Here’s the question for the ages: which captain is most like our captain—Picard or Kirk? You be the judge!