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Trenton State College, 1971 to 1976

Photographs by Michael Butkus Jr., photographer/photo editor of SIGNAL (student newspaper) and SEAL (yearbook) at various times, and sometimes both, during my 5 year stay. Many of my photos appear in those yearbooks, student newspapers and Official TSC Publications.  TSC was also know as a "suitcase college" as far as I know from the late '60 to the early '80.  With very little housing on campus most students lived in off campus apartments, homes or drove from home.  During Freshman year I lived in a residential home a few miles from campus with 3 other students.  There was a busy "off campus housing department" that found you local houses with rooms for rent.  I only stayed at that house the first semester as the Wolf / Travis housing fully opened in Jan. '72.  Some students, like my wife, sister-in-law and two other girls even rented a two bedroom apartment in PA, just a few miles away.  The rents were cheaper and apartments safer.  Even those two other girls always went home weekends.   Those PA students were accosted by that town's "voting tax " and were constantly sent letters stating they had to pay a "head tax".   This "suitcase college / school" attitude can be attested by a video I made for a yearly "media contest" sponsored by the Student Government starting in 1973 (?).  Using Super 8 film and the music from Alvin Lee's song "Going Home" I showed the "evacuation" of the campus after Friday's 3pm classes.  The movie ended showing the deserted, empty campus on Saturday and Sundays.   The Signal, if you could find any in the archives for those years, had articles on the lack of any students and student  activities during weekends during my years there.  I still have that movie I made, as well as the hundreds of photo taken during my years at TSC.   As a newspaper / yearbook person I (and my fellow newspaper staff members) stayed on campus to photograph and document those few weekend events.  The name "suitcase college" can also be attested by my wife of 30 years (2007) Lynn Chalmers Butkus during her '69 - '73 TSC years, her sister Terrie that also attended TSC, her husband / my Brother-in-Law, Stu Field (TSC '71 - '77).  He was also a co-photo editor of the Seal for a couple of years with me.

Photographs Copyright by Mr. Butkus Jr., 
via the TSC newspapers / yearbooks of 1971 to 1976

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All photographs are B/W (hey it was the 70's) and more than full screen so you may have to pan a bits!

Click on the picture to see it enlarged. If you have a JPG viewer these will appear full screen.  These were made for a 640 X 460 screen back in the 1996 days.

click here to see the "BOSS" Bruce Springsteen who was an opening act back in '72!  Some of my photos will come out in a Springsteen book in 2007.

click here to see a typical full house at Kendell Hall concerts.

click here to see that someone that had a bits-to-much to drink before the Kendell hall concert (photo TX at 1200 ASA @1.4 w/50mm Pentax)

click here for the foggy walk in the evening past the old dorms.

click here "Football been berry-berry good to me" (needed a stock Football photo, I felt creative)

click here for the not so typical shot "they" wanted for the clock tower (Tri-X - w/500mm mirror lens)

click here for Duke Ellington, the other "BOSS" that appeared at TSC.

click here to remember the constant construction in front of Wolf/Travers towers.

click here to see my perception of the constant row of construction trailers in front of Green Hall and the lake. At this point this area was a swamp.

click here to see how I felt about weekend life on campus for "us" that stayed the weekends. (TX w/28mm@ 2.8 and 1/15 sec handheld)

click here for Green Hall, all light up at night. No money for parking but they added these lights.

click here to see the TSC, the school that never closed. Ah, does that mean we have to show up for classes?

click here to see our construction workers view of work while at TSC.

click here for the "Famous" TSC Panty Raids. This is the side of Decker, the "girl's" dorm. Caution children, you may find your wonderful parents participating! (Tx at 6400ASA, 50mm @1.4 at 1/4 sec, no tripod here kiddies. You had to keep moving)

click here for evidence of what you get from ladies at the windows. Ah yes, the Higher Education your parents paid an outrageous $300 a year.

click here to see the beautiful view of the library (after the construction crew got to it)

click here to see how TSC solved the problem of items missing/people misusing the Chapel.  Lock the doors of worship.  (I needed a Signal pix to show the "solution".  Actually this was on the outside doors to one of the classroom buildings. Nice fire hazard!)

click here to see the favorite TSC summer spot. Actually it was taken at Sea Side Heights. (Tx w/50mm @1.4 and 1/15 sec. I had steady hands in those days)

click here for my idea of the administrators at the time. It's from the 2nd floor of the building facing Green Hall. All their ducks, lined up in a row.

click here to see my picture that was the cover of the TSC technology department booklet. I needed a neat shot of the campus, it was about 2 degrees out that night, I froze to death shooting multiple time exposures. Note the WATER TOWER! Does that bring back fond memories to you former Greeks?

click here to see my night stuff. As you may be able to tell, I liked dark despairing pictures. This is of a student walking the glass lined halls. (TX 2400ASA with 50mm @1.4 1/15 sec)

click here for more nights at TSC. This is the walkway behind the old bookstore (temp buildings) to Wolf/Travers. Can you say boo! (Tx w/50mm @1.4 at 1/2 sec)

click here to see what else it did during the '72 to '74 years - RAIN!. Constantly almost every day I thought.

click here to see some wonderful student that was so impressed with the John Lee Hooker concert she came up on stage to dance. She enticed the security guards behind the curtains to "come and get me". What is she doing 22 years later?

click here and see if the car fits the person!

click here to remember "being in class"

click here to remember what the usual weekend traffic was. Students moving out!

click here to check if you have the correct forms. Let's see, you saw your advisor, got it all signed and changed the day 3 times due to the course being "CLOSED". You remember REGISTRATION!

click here if you got your shots! I was too busy shooting shots of all those lined up for their Meningitis shots during the scare.

click here to remember Wolf Towers. On the right were the mailboxes and a student behind the frosted glass. Lots of memories of letter (hopefully with money enclosed) from mom asking me to call home for once.

click here: For all the communications majors. Yes, you once thought our B&W studio was a big deal?

click here for a double shot, evenings and rain! I told you it rained a lot.

click here: For all those that attend TSC for their Masters, you remember all those night classes? I did my evening classes at SHU. Glad I worked on campus, short drive!

click here for the evening sun shining through the trees by the small bridge between the lakes.

click here: Studying happens!

click here: Education Students: you can't forget the trip to Wapalanie. My most remembered moment, at one of the training exercises. Our group, myself and a bunch of future female teachers, were suppose to swing across an imaginary pool of quicksand via a rope hanging in the middle. We were told to start. After 10 seconds no one said a thing. I grabbed a thick branch from the ground.  I threw it and hit the rope, it swung back and I grabbed it. I had each person in my group swing over after I gave them a big push. I went last. In 5 min. we were across. The trainer said "we have to wait here for another 30 minutes.  Most of the other groups couldn't figure out how to grab the rope and the time to accomplish the task was 35 min. . Those in other groups that did finally grab the rope couldn't all swing across".  I thought to myself " and these are our leaders, they must have never played in the woods as kids!"

click here: To those that finally made it. Look Ma! I'm here somewhere.

click here for a final look at the old TSC (AKA - College of New Jersey) or sometime referred to as (Trenton - College of New Jersey)