1960-1969

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The Coloring Book

The Dickinsonian began a series of illustrations meant to function as a coloring book. In one of these illustrations, a woman in a tight skirt leans against a wall and appears to be either bored or asleep. The caption beneath this illustration indicates how Dickinson students may have felt about the rules and regulations governing female students: "This is a Dickinson Coed. The college protects her virtue with many rules and regulations. Color her bored."

Date: February 15, 1963
Quotes of the Week

Some quotations featured in The Dickinsonian's "Quotes of the Week" reveal what professors at the college were saying about women. An anonymous English professor supposedly said that a "woman is like a rose because she appeals to the sense of taste and the sense of touch as well as the sense of sight." Another English professor purportedly said, "You look at her lips and wish to use them in certain rites but you can't until she says, 'I'm ready.'"

Date: February 8, 1963
I look horrible without lipstick

In The Dickinsonian's "Quotes of the Week," a list of humorous quotations gathered each week, a co-ed admits the reason she did not attend Swarthmore: "I didn't go...because I look horrible without lipstick."

Date: December 7, 1962
Seven Fraternities Announce Pinnings

The Dickinsonian staff reported in "Cupid Hits Target" that seven fraternities had announced pinnings. Neil Knowlton of Sigma Alpha Epsilon pinned Carol H. French from the Hague, Holland. Pinning occured when a man gave his pin to a woman in order to indicate publically that they were a romantic item.

Date: November 16, 1962
Sex Loses Out

The Dickinsonian staff reported on the defeat of a birth control champion at San Francisco State in an article entitled "Sex Loses Out." According to the author, Jeff Poland, a champion of birth control, ran for student council on a platform that advocated the sale of contraceptives at a discounted price in the student bookstore and the distribution of information and advice on sexual matters to college students.

Date: October 26, 1962
Women Debaters

The Dickinsonian staff reprinted an article from February 25, 1922 in honor of the college's 90th anniversary. Entitled "Women Debaters Get Briefs Torn in 'Sweat Box'," this article explains that women on the debate team did not "hold themselves above using methods employed by the opposite sex when it comes to winning honor for Dickinson." They adopted the "sweat box" method of the men's debate team in order to prepare for competition and have withstood gulling at the hands of faculty coaches.

Date: October 5, 1962
Sans Co-eds

The Dickinsonian printed a picture from 1892 showing an all-male editorial board for the newspaper. The caption explains that although co-eds were not represented on the newspaper's staff, they had entered the college eight years prior to 1892.

Date: October 5, 1962
Species Dickinsonienses

An article in The Dickinsonian's celebration of the college's 90th anniversary described the "Species Dickinsonienses" as presented in the October 1, 1920 issue of the newspaper. Writes the author, "Those students having skirts, wavy hair, and an athletic stride are co-eds."

Date: October 5, 1962
All terms: 1920-1929, 1960-1969, Fashion
Galoshes! And Dating

A reprinted article from February 11, 1922 in The Dickinsonian's celebration of the college's 90th anniversary described the "love code" of galoshes, saying that many women at the college indicated their stages of "fastenedness" or "unfastenedness" based upon the number of buckles they left open or closed.
No buckles open = married
One buckle open = I am not looking for a sweetheart
Two buckles open = Engaged to be married
Three buckles open = Not engaged to be married
Four buckles open = Have a sweetheart, but not engaged

Date: October 5, 1962
Students Protest Coed Admission in 1880s

An article in The Dickinsonian's celebration of the college's 90th anniversary entitled "Dolly Destroys Dickinson Tranquility As Students Protest Coed Admission" explains the 1884 furor over the admission of a coed on campus. When Dolly Longsdorf became the first coed, writes the author, the Freshman divided over the "coed question." Dolly and the Board of Trustees stood their ground, and sixteen women were admitted to the college by 1890. The college needed to remodel Old West in order to accomodate female students.

Date: October 5, 1962