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Abstract provided by interviewer Sheridan Wood.

Allison and Tommy Wood both attended Abilene Christian University from 1986-1990, where Allison earned a B.S. of mass communications in radio and television and Tommy earned a B.S. of accounting. Both were brought up in traditional Church of Christ families and attended ACU as a result, and Tommy had additional familial ties to ACU. Both Allison and Tommy consider themselves to be more “rule breakers” than what the perceived perfect ACU student at that time would have been. Tommy and Allison discuss their very different dating experiences at ACU (they didn’t meet each other until senior year), how social clubs played a role in encouraging students to get engaged before graduation, and the very different experiences of living in a male dorm versus a female dorm. The pair also discusses the lack of female leadership in chapel and church services, as well as a lack of female students pursuing degrees in the Bible department. Allison and Tommy also discuss the strict rules against dancing at ACU, how ACU handled dancing on or off campus, and the ways they found to get away with it. This interview serves as a primary source showcasing the different experiences of males and females in leadership and social lives at ACU in the late 1980s.


The ACC/ACU Gender and Sexuality Project preserves firsthand accounts of alumni of Abilene Christian College (later Abilene Christian University), with particular attention to how students, faculty, and staff have experienced issues of gender and sexuality during their time at the institution. The collection began in Fall 2019 as a class project in HIST 340, Historical Perspectives on Gender and Sexualities.

A PDF transcript of this audio recording is attached to this record as an additional file.

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