1960-1969

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Rules Committee Presents Proposal; Senate Advocates Faculty Approval

The report of the Student Senate Committee on Social Rules to the Faculty Committee on Social Rules was published in The Dickinsonian. The report addresses social rules that pertained to drinking downstairs in fraternities while female students were upstairs, privacy (or, as the reported defined it, the the separation of two persons of the opposite sexes from others), and what other college policies were regarding visiting hours for women. The report listed rules at other colleges, including Swarthmore, Stanford, Reed, Oberlin, Yale, and Haverford.

Date: October 8, 1965
Save the Ladies' Room!

In an editorial piece dated February 26, 1965, Joann Hansen expresses her concern witht he state of the women's powder room in Denny Hall. According to Hansen, the room is poorly lit, cold, the pipes dripp, and the women could hear rats crawling in the walls. Moroever, Hansen asserted that males often visit the powder room which does not allow the women a sense of privacy. Thus, Hansen argues that like the rest of Denny, the women's powder room should also be remodeled.

Date: February 26, 1965
Women vote to accept the honor code

An article by Diane Voneida in The Dickinsonian, "Women Dormitory Residents Vote to Accept Honor Code," explains that over 89 percent of freshman, sophomore, and junior women voted in favor of adopting the honor code at dormitory meetings. The dean of women, Barbara Wishmeyer, approved of the students' decisions, thinking that it would create a more healthy attitude and atmosphere on campus. Under this code, women could appeal rules they thought unfair rather than disobeying them outright. The code also required personal responsibility from each woman for her own behavior.

Date: May 1, 1964
The Cool Coed

A Dickinsonian reporter summarized the book Sex and the College Girl by Gael Greene. According to the article, entitled "'Sex and the College Girl' Suggests Cult of Cool Coed," discusses Greene's findings. Greene, who interviewed 614 students on 102 campuses, discovered that the breakdown of traditional morality was "making way for a new sex ethic--sex with affection or 'it's right if you're engaged, pinned, lavaliered, going steady or--'in love'..."

Date: March 20, 1964
Married Students Exchange Ideas

An article in The Dickinsonian entitled "Married Students Exchange Ideas at First Group Social" reports that Dickinson students are following the trend of other college campuses by marrying in increasing numbers. In 1964, 20 married students attended classes. Married students at Dickinson formed the first social group, and couples took turns entertaining each other. Many of these students reported academic and social benefits from their marital status.

Date: March 13, 1964
Twinings

In The Dickinsonian, the "Twinings" sections lists couples who have become pinned or engaged. This issue of newspaper also features those who have been "safety pinned." In this case, Darla and Bill Paterson gave birth to Scott William.

Date: November 22, 1963
Sui Generis

The president of Sui Generis, Bobbi Jo Thome, called a special meeting which was attended by the members of Sui Generis as well as Dean Stevens.  The purpose of the meeting was to "examine where we are going and what we are," according to Dean Stevens.  A majority of the discussion revolved around whether or not Sui Generis should be a part of Pan-Hel and the traditional rush process.  Some worried that withdrawing from Pan-Hel would send a stand-offish signal to freshman and independent women, while others felt that continuing to be a part of Pan-Hel created more competition between Sui G

Date: February 9, 1961
Women Students Probe Fraternal Raison d'Etre

In an article entitled "Analysis Suggests Sororities at Dickinson Serve No Purposes and Produce Barriers," a writer for The Dickinsonian explores whether or not sororities are justifiable at a liberal arts college. The author argues that it is not difficult to make friends on a small campus and that there is a psychological danger to the rejection some face at the hands of sororities. Moreover, the author called for sororities to justify their existence, especially in light of the discrimination they practiced toward black women.

Date: November 15, 1963
Western Look Comes East

Ditti Weinel wrote of the influence of the Western look on East Coast campuses in The Dickinsonian. This look included jumpers, shifts and separates in rich, warm colors. Weinel ends: "So out of the Golden West come sporty, but feminine, fashions with an air of casual living and a touch of tailored elegance to teach those 'citified' Easterners what it's like to be well dressed."

Date: October 25, 1963