Learning How to Swim: The New Graduation Requirement

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The "New Gym", as it was referred to at that time, was the locale of which all soon to be graduating women of Dickinson rushed to, weeks before graduation in order to complete their physical education requirement. As reminisced by Margaret McAdoo in her interview, this regulation implemented by the college required that all women learn how to swim in order to graduate. (Ironically it is important to note that Dickinson did not have a womens swim team at the time). Despite the fact that the College did not have an official female swim team it offered the women of this campus other intramural sports like basketball and hockey, a sport that to many was a new endeavor. It was actually around this time period that a lot of new sports for women were being introduced.