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Activists and Authorities: The Election of Cathy Sterling


Leading the campus in 1970-1971 during the peace protests, Cathy Sterling brought significant change to NC State. Sterling pushed for students' rights on and off campus. As the first woman to serve as Student Body President, Sterling represented a shift in attitudes about who could successfully represent NC State's student body.

This exhibit is part of a larger project detailing how State College became NC State University and how that, along with Chancellor Caldwell's administration, created an environment on the campus that was favorable to the election of Cathy Sterling and the subsequent occurence of the Peace Retreat in response to the Vietnam War. To see more about this project, visit Activists and Authorities.

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