1950-1959

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Decoration

The 1956 Microcosm presented the "Queens of Campus." The fourteen national Greek letter fraternities on campus nominated ten female students to parade in front of three judges. From these, the judges chose one "Miss Microcosm" and six runners up.

Date: 1956
Miss Microcosm

The 1955 Microcosm gave the task of selecting the year's "Miss Microcosm" to Jack Webb, a "well-known personality in the theatrical world." Of the eight portraits of Dickinson College coeds sent to him, he chose Joanne Neilson as "Miss Microcosm." Runners-up included: Susan Marquardt, Patricia Eshelman, Jeanne Carlson, Jocelyn Peltz, Carolyn Fitzcharles, Jane Lewis, and Mary Ann Walter.

Date: 1955
The Ideal Dean of Women

The 1955 Microcosm lists Victoria Kathryn Hann as the new Dean of Women and lauds her as an "ideal Dean of Women" who is enthusiastic, efficient, has a "winning manner," and understands "women students and their problems."

Date: 1955
Handsome, Modern, and Four Stories High

The 1954 Microcosm shows a picture of the recently completed Drayer Hall which, according to the Ten Year Development Plan, was constructed in 1952 to house upperclass women students.

Date: 1954
She walks in beauty like the night

While the staff of the 1952 Microcosm chose to replace campus beauties with outstanding social events, the 1953 Microcosm brought back the "Campus Beauties" feature. Included with a poem by Lord Byron were pictures of the four female students selected.

Date: 1953
First Female All-College Social Chairman

Mary Ellen Irwin (Class of 1953) is listed as the first female All-College Social Chairman in the 1953 Microcosm.

Date: 1953
No more campus beauties...

Instead of presenting campus queens or Varga girls in the features section of the 1952 Microcosm, the staff chose to highlight social events from the year. They chose five events, including Homecoming, the Christmas season (which comprised a Nativity Play and a Doll Dance, among other activities), the Mid-Winter Ball, the Inter-Fraternity Weekend, and the Follies.

Date: 1952
That ring!

As in the case of Marian Breu Harlan (Class of 1952), the 1952 Microcosm lists the marriage plans of a graduating female student. Janet Z. Imler is listed as a "February grad, June bride."

Date: 1952
Marian's China Pattern

The 1952 Microcosm lists the marriage plans of several female students in blurbs by the graduates' pictures. Marian Breu Harlan's blurb mentions a "February wedding" and china patterns.

Date: 1952
Judging the Campus Beauties

While the 1950 Microcosm reverted to the practice of outsourcing the judging of "campus beauties," the 1951 editorial board of the Microcosm selected four coeds "as outstanding beauties of the college" and refused to name one of the coeds as queen. These coeds included: A. Blythe Barnes, Ruth A. McCoid, Ann L. Prescott, and Drue R. Stewart.

Date: 1951