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Homecoming Queen Candidates
Date: October 6, 1972

A photo of Homecoming Queen candidates is posted in the issue of Dickinsonian. Surprisingly a male, Philip Cohen, representing the Women's Group was running as a candidate.
The other candidates were:
-Nancy Wells(Kappa Sigma)
-Phillip Cohen(Women's Group)
-Sherry Allshouse(Adams Hall)
-Brenda Liebowitz(SAE)
-Kate Wilhelm(Phi Delt)
-Susie Martin(Phi Psi)
-Charlene Vees(Phi Ep)
-Connie Pifer(Theta Chi)
-Evelyn Reback(Sigma Chi)
-Sandy Smith(Crow)
-Penney Ross(Beta)

This will have little impact on our campus
Date: March 20, 1972

President Howard L. Rubendall responded to Chauncey M. Depuy's inquiry about the Social Opinion Survey of the Women's Group. According to Rubendall, this survey represents the "first evidence" of the Women's Liberation movement at Dickinson College, but he assures Depuy that "this will have little impact on our campus, which in the main is a campus of serious students getting their parents' money's worth...." Rubendall writes that the campus has been able to adapt to the lives of students while not giving into pressures or demands.

Note on Swarthmore
Date: March 1895

Brief note in Dickinsonian under section on Other Colleges: "Swarthmore will be represented at the intercollegiate oratorical union by a woman."

YMCA lecture by Dr. Reed
Date: March 1895

Brief item in Dickinsonian under YMCA Notes about Dr. Reed's lecture on "The New Woman" being successful.

'23 Girls try North
Date: October 17, 1919

Do We?

Note from Vassar
Date: March 1895

Quoted note in Dickinsonian from Vassar College on treatment of pretty girls.

Debate over role of women in advancement of humanity
Date: March 1895

Brief note in the Local section of the Dickinsonian: "Dr. Reed, Prof. Durell, and Mrs. Biddle, wife of Judge Biddle, acted as judges in the Inter-Society Debate at the Indian School. Question was, Resolved, 'That women have done more for the advancement of humanity than men.' The affirmative won."

Notice of article in Wellesley magazine
Date: February 1895

Brief note in Dickinsonian under Exchanges: "An article in January's Wellesley Magazine on 'The Decadence of the Republican Party,' shows what a potent factor the college woman is destined to become in our political world. The writer blends fact and fiction with the adaptability of a genius."

Activities of the Harman Literary Society, 1919
Date: October 10, 1919

The activities of Harman Literary Society are in full swing.  Interesting plans for the year have been worked out by the Program Committee with the help of the President of the Society and Mrs. Meredith, Dean of Women.

Note about debate over women in freshman class organization
Date: February 1895

Brief historical note in the Local section of the Dickinsonian: "In 1888 the Freshman class divided over the question of allowing co-eds in their class organization."

Note on women at German universities
Date: January 1895

Brief note in Dickinsonian appears at the bottom of the page, below the YMCA Notes: "Women have been tolerated for several years past in German Universities solely through the good-will of professors. Now the bars are to be formally taken down and women are to be given all the privileges of men."

Prof. Fletcher Durell leaves to take position at Woman's College of Baltimore
Date: January 1895

In the "Local" section of the Dickinsonian, this somewhat lengthy note indicates that Prof. Fletcher Durell, chair of mathematics and astronomy, has left to take a position at Woman's College of Baltimore. "The prospective position is a much more remunerative one from a financial point of view, while he will also have the library advantages dear to every scholar," notes the anonymous author.

Historical Sketch of the Harman Literary Society
Date: October 3, 1919

Shortly after college opened in the fall of '96, Dickinson women began to consider how they might obtain the training, which is best furnished by active work in a Literary Society.  After consulting with the President, they met October 21, to formally consider the question, with sixteen present.  After effecting a temporary organization, a committee on constitution was appointed.  It was then suggested that the society be named in honor of Dr. Harman.  On November 18, 1896, the constitution, together with the name was formally adopted.

Essay
Date: 1909

In her essay  "The Value of a Classical Education in Modern Times," Laura M. Sweigert argued for the great importance of classical education in the United States. She asserted that classical education was important for five main reasons:

Oration
Date: 1897

In her oration "The Badge of the American Red Cross," Anne E. Miles analyzed the founding and purpose of the Red Cross in America. She primarily discussed Clara Barton's role in the founding and the way in which the Red Cross transformed American philanthropy from personal donations to a more collective and organized model of giving.

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Date: 1905

In her essay titled "The Mission of a Trained Nurse," Kathleen Moore Gooding described the importance and progression of nursing in the United States. According to Gooding, prior to the nursing profession, monks and uneducated people cared for the sick. This led to much pain, sickness, and even death. However, it was not until Florence Nightingale that women became nurses and the profession took off. In closing, she highlighted the work of the Red Cross as proof of the success of the nursing profession.

Essay
Date: 1901

In her essay titled "The Evolution of the Fittest Education," Sarah H. Kistler analyzed the education system in the United States. She wrote that education "should be the whole system of preparation of youth for the life and work coming to the individual, to help on the pregress of the race by his influecne with, and work for , the fellow man.

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Date: November 30, 1943

During World War II, Air Crew Cadets received training on Dickinson's campus. According to this Dickinsonian article, all unmarried cadets were required to register a record of their hobbies and interests with the Conferece and Appointment Bureau to be "placed on file and used as a reference if and when the cadet desires a date."  The committee responsible included Jane Bowen, Louise Faupel, Joan Thatcher, and Ruth Wallace.  Marjorie Barkman and Lt. Cloval Cook served as faculty/administrative supervisors. 

Essay
Date: 1908

In her essay "Frances Willard's True Place as Social Reformer," Ruth W. Rinker analyzed the life and work of Frances Willard. She argued that "In Frances Willard our age has lost one of its nobelest daughters, whose achievements for God and home and native land were such as to rank her as one of the most famous women of this century." Throughout her essay, she cited Willard's reform work in the women's ritghts and temperance movements.

Essay
Date: 1908

In her essay titled "The Civic Movement Among Women," Alice M. Clarkson analyzed women's influence in civic and reform movements of the early twentieth century. She argued that women's position as mothers in the home made them ideal candidates for social reform. She wrote, "They are the natural domestic housekeepers, and what more proper than that they should become civic housekeepers? they abate nuisances in the household. Why not in the city?" Clarkson contended that women's patience and persitence made them ideal reformers.