In researching a story on U of M’s historic Taché Hall residence, archival student and intern Andrea Martin came across this 1970s photo of, presumably, a shaving cream fight in the residence. The characters in the photo have an uncanny resemblance to members of the rock ‘n’ roll band KISS.
Gene Simmons, if you’re reading this, please note that Taché Hall will cease being a residence in May of this year as it prepares to become the new home of Music and Art. You, and all the KISS army, are welcome to attend Taché farewell celebrations on May 6 and 7.
Until the 1960s Taché Hall was the only residence on campus. In 1964 Mary Speechly Hall was constructed south of Taché as a women’s residence. Also in the 1960s, students, through the Residence Students’ Association Council (R.S.A.C.), successfully argued for more influence in the decisions that governed residence. By the 1970s students were active and effective participants in the decision-making process; the R.S.A.C. was an entirely self-governing and self-disciplining body.Through the R.S.A.C. students in residence organized numerous social activities in the 1970s. These events included hosting concerts and a Sunday movie theatre in the Taché Hall auditorium. Both local and internationally famous artists performed at Taché, including KISS – the band played on their first tour in 1974 in the residence auditorium.