The Miscellany News reported that the SGA would no longer hire college janitors to work as overtime firemen at student events. Student ushers would instead assume the duties of firemen at events. Vassar’s union contested this decision in front of the New York State Mediation Board, the first time in Vassar’s history that a dispute had to be decided by a government third-party. In the fall of 1979, the court ruled that the college could substitute student students for union workers.