1967Drinking on campus is permitted for students 21 and older.
1967The new Isabella Watson Hall and remodeled Parish House are occupied in April.
1967Gridley Hall is demolished in September.
1967Black students form the Negro Affairs Committee, later becoming SOUL (Students Organized toward Unity and Liberation). The '70s sees the formation of parallel organizations of Asian and Latino students, as well as the establishment of an Office of Minority Affairs (now the Office of Intercultural Life) . A fourth multicultural group, of Native Americans, forms in the '80s.
1968Black Studies concentration begins.
1968Opening of the new Laird Stadium indoor track.
1970Carls appear on the Today show to discuss Earth Week activities.
1970A College Council form of government is adopted which includes student representatives as full members of major policy-making committees.
1970Howard R. Swearer, an expert on international affairs at the Ford Foundation and a former UCLA professor of political science, is named president. Swearer and his family are installed in the newly acquired "Nutting House," henceforward the official home of Carleton chief executives.
1970Northfield Gay Liberation Front, one of the nation's first publicly-run college student LGBT groups, is formed by Carleton and St. Olaf students. They hold periodic meetings at Carleton to address gay issues on campus and to provide coming-out support for Carls and Oles alike.
1971Dedication of the new Music and Drama Center on site of old Gridley Hall.
1971Enrollment exceeds 1,500.
1971Women's Caucus organized on campus.
1975Completion of Seeley G. Mudd Hall of Science.
1976President Swearer declares the first President's Day, an unscheduled 24-hour student holiday called at the president's whim.
1976The Japanese Garden is built behind Watson Hall
1977Robert H. Edwards becomes president after Swearer resigns to assume the presidency of Brown University. Like Swearer, Edwards is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard, coming to Carleton from the Ford Foundation. Dean of the College Harriet Sheridan serves as acting president for eight months between Swearer and Edwards.
1977Joe Fabeetz, an imaginary candidate, wins CSA Senate election with 1,012 write-in votes.
1977The Frisbee Union of Carleton Knights becomes the first intercollegiate frisbee team on campus. In 1984, they are renamed the Carleton Ultimate Team(CUT) and they go on to win their first national championship in 2001.
1977Carleton and St. Olaf square off in the first - and possibly last - NCAA sanctioned metric football game, in which all measurements are metric. Hoopla reigns, but on the field Carleton is crushed by the Oles before 10,000 in Laird Stadium.
1978Rededication of renovated Leighton Hall.
1978Trustees vote to limit investments to companies adhering to a written statement of principles on South Africa. Debate, and occasional confrontation, over the merits of selective vs. total South Africa-related divestment becomes a major campus issue through the ensuing decade and beyond.
1979Dedication of Sayles-Hill Campus Center.
1980Strike by Carleton union workers.
1981Innovative "Science, Technology, and Public Policy" program is launched with help from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
1982The Marines, the first women’s intercollegiate frisbee team, forms. The team is renamed Syzygy in 1988 and they win their first national championship in 2000.
1983Opening of new Laird Stadium outdoor track.
1984Rededication of remodeled and expanded Library Building.
1985ACT (Acting in the Community Together) is established to coordinate student volunteer programs in Northfield and surrounding communities.
1985College Council votes to set limits on need-blind admissions. The original policy is restored in 1988.
1986Dedication of the Hadzi Arch and Founders Court outside of the Library Building.
1986David H. Porter, Carleton professor of classical languages and music, is named interim president in April following Edwards' departure to head education agencies of the Aga Khan in Paris. In November Porter announces he will accept the presidency of Skidmore College at the end of the 1986/87 academic year.
1987"We Are Together" vigil and panel focuses attention on issues of racial and cultural diversity at Carleton.
1987Carleton's ninth president is Stephen R. Lewis, Jr., a graduate of Williams College and Stanford University, he comes to Carleton from a professorship in economics at Williams as well as a position as economic consultant to the government of Botswana.
1987Phones are installed in dorm rooms.
1987-1989Carleton runners enjoy national success. Shelley Scherer '89 wins an NCAA Division III individual cross country championship as a junior. The following year Anna Prineas '89 captures three Division III national titles in cross country and track and becomes the first Carleton athlete ever to win Division I All-American honors in track.
1988Carleton's tunnels are closed.
1988The Multicultural Alumni Network is organized.
1988The Sayles-Hill expansion project is completed.
1989Adoption of RAD (Recognition and Affirmation of Difference) requirement to ensure that all students complete courses that are "centrally concerned with another culture," or with "issues and/or theories of gender, class, race, and ethnicity as these may be found anywhere in he world."
1990Prof. Paul Wellstone is elected to U.S. Senate representing Minnesota. He is reelected in 1996.
1991A record 18% of incoming first-year students are students of color.
1991Carleton celebrates its 125th anniversary with events throughout the 1991/92 academic year.