When David Barnett stood in front of the Jenkins Hall classroom, his obvious enthusiasm captured the crowd's attention. His jokes ignited giggles and guffaws from the audience and the contagious excitement in his gestures infected the room. But when Barnett finished his introduction, no one spoke a word.
In the fall of 1970, Tyler Junior College instituted grooming guidlines for students, prohibiting long hair styles on male students. Student opposition to the new policy initiated a federal court case and set a legal precedent still in effect today.