History of the SCA


1900
1790 Alder St (now the Janet Smith) built as one family dwelling

1925
1670 Alder St. (now the Campbell Club) built for Delta Zeta Sorority House

1928  
1648 Alder St. (now the Lorax Manner) built  Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority  

1934 
A group of men from the Northwest Christian College begin living 'cooperatively' in a three bedroom apartment as an experiment to see how well they could live as cheaply as possible.                    
Howard Ohmart, an SCA Alumni stayed with this group for a term.

1935 
- Members from the Wesley Club began studying the Rochdale Weavers and the Swedish cooperative movement curious about starting a student cooperative in Eugene.
- Summer: Howard Ohmart, Charles Paddock and Briton Ash, begin organizing and recruiting to live cooperatively by fall term of that year.
- September 23 Howard Ohmart receives permission from the University housing committee to start a cooperative house.
- 18 men join together to form Wallace J. Campbell Cooperative House at 13th and Hilyard. The namesake was a member of the Wesley Club while he attended U O and was an activist for the cooperative movement.

1936 
- Campbell Club moves to 1335 Kincaid Street and opens a second house at 13th and Alder
- Fall term: the first women's cooperative opens with the help of Janet Smith

1944 
Campbell Club moves to 1335(?) Alder, previously Phi Sigma Kappa

1945 
Janet Smith, UO employment secretary and adviser to the women's cooperatives, dies at age 54

1962 
Campbell Club moves to 1670 Alder Street

1963 
November 24: a bomb explodes on the south side of the Campbell Club shattering windows (O.D.E.)

1972 
- Summer: Women accepted as members on a trial basis
- A motion to ban Playboy magazine from the co-op fails.

1980 
April 20: Co-op Alumni Reunion

1981 
- 1790 Alder St (Janet Smith) purchased by the SCA for $175,000
- Janet Smith Co-op Opens
- October 10: 2nd annual Co-op Alumni Reunion to celebrate the opening of Janet Smith Cooperative

1983 
December: Lise Rein, SCA business manager, gives notice of resignation and continues to work until Feb. 28

1984 
January: SCA hires Elbert Steele as SCA business manager and Michael Archer as organization manager

1988 
- Summer: Campbell Club undergoes major renovations including: refinishing the hardwood floors, painting halls and installing 1st floor bathroom. Janet Smith kitchen completely renovated.
- SCA begins using consensus for decision making

1989 
- Co-opers help to organize parking structure petition slated to be built across the street from the Campbell Club

1990 
- Fall Term: Lorax Manner Cooperative Opens
- Co-oeprs participate in student protests of CIA presence on campus.

1991 
- Co-op members participate in local anti-Persian Gulf war protest
- Co-ops are the subject of Daily Emerald feature article titled "Co-ops Provide Shelter from the Commonplace"
- November: co-op alumni reunion

1994 
- February: Co-op members fight to have the Amazon Family Housing Complex turned into a cooperative
- Policy changes to allow members to attend any institution of higher education (not solely UO) in Lane County

1997 
Winter term: Janet Smith leased to an alcohol and drug rehabilitation center called Passages for 3 1/2 years.

1998 
Melanie Sicotte is hired as business manager

2000 
Fall term: Janet Smith house reopens

2005
Janet Smith House closes winter term due to low membership, but reopens fall term as graduate student house

2015 
Melanie Sicotte moves on to work for Oregon Fishing and Wildlife. SCA is grateful for their many years of dedication to the coops!

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