When Edward Koryzno graduated from Michigan State College, campus barely extended south of the Red Cedar River.
There were no McDonalds restaurants. Disneyland was being built. Microsoft mogul Bill Gates wasnt even a twinkle in his mothers eye.
But when Koryzno returned to campus for his 50-year reunion during the weekend, he said it has the same feel.
Its changed a little bit, but the air is still there, he said. Its aged gracefully. Its good to be back.
The annual Patriarch Reunion - a reunion of MSU graduates of 50 years or more - included a tour of campus, an ice cream date with Sparty and a swing dance.
In 1951, balls, dances and parties were held almost every weekend at the Union.
Nancy McDavid said the Union was the great social hub of the campus.
When she was a student, more than 5,000 cigarettes were sold every day at the students gathering place.
Thats where I learned how to drink coffee, she said, sipping the drink during a reunion breakfast. Thats where we spent all our time together.
Graduate Ralph Smith said he is impressed by the diversity he saw during his tour of campus.
It looks to me like a lot of the old things havent changed, but the student population is more heterogeneous now, he said.
A panel of five current students proved 50 years has produced some differences in students during a question-and-answer session.
In 1951, women couldnt wear pants - which cost $6 - to classes during the week.
Even though Alcoholics Anonymous was introduced in 1951, no alcohol was allowed in East Lansing city limits.
A language code prevented students from using less-than-prim words.
I know were not supposed to mention the word riot a lot, but thats it, said communication junior Rebecca Francoeur, addressing the former students.
And though students athletic excitement hasnt changed, the way students pay for it has.
The student panel estimated a cost of $400 for tickets to major sporting events for the year.
Graduates of 1951 could attend any athletic events for free with their activity cards, which resembled todays student ID.
Reunion-goers said MSUs entry into the Big Ten in 1948 is one of their greatest memories of their college years.
I remember when MSU beat Notre Dame 37-3, said Smith, who returned to campus for football games for years after he graduated. We all went down to South Bend to watch it. They were bad over there, swearing and giving us the finger - and that was just the nuns.