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                       Scenes from the fall of 1965 when Towers FIRST opened.



WRITTEN BY JAKE STUMP 
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY WEST VIRGINIA AND REGIONAL HISTORY CENTER/WVU LIBRARIES

While all Mountaineers are united by the same gold-and-blue thread, we all have different experiences of West Virginia University, often because of when we attended.

If you were a student in the 1950s, you probably spent much of your out-of-class time at Jimmy’s Campus Lunch. 

You could have been one of the first students to enter Towers, which opened as a residential complex in the fall of 1965. 

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If you went to WVU in the 1980s, you can regale us with tales of the annual mutilation of the “Pitt mobile” in front of the Mountainlair. 

Starting with the 1950s, we at WVU Magazine want to hear your fondest memories of the culture, fashion, trends, people and places that defined our campus through the decades. 

What stood out to you during your time at WVU? What characterized campus within that era?

Your recollections may be used in a series of online stories looking at these decades (1950s-2000s) at WVU. Talk to us by following WVU Magazine on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or email us at wvumag@mail.wvu.edu.  


We’re listening. You are our greatest voice. So use it. Use this form to send us story ideas, letters to the editor, questions for a future guest on Ask an Expert, memories for the Flashback section or tales for the Alumni Diary.

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