Microcosm

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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
Ladies' Hall

    On one of the first pages of the 1896 Microcosm is a picture of the Ladies' Hall, located somewhere on West Pomfret Street in Carlisle. It was purchased by President George E. Reed on May 16, 1893 for $5,000 from Samuel M. Hepburn . Originally it was used to house a local fraternity, Alpha Zeta Phi, but then in 1895 it was turned into a residence for women. The building was called "Ladies' Hall" until February 7, 1905, when it was renamed in honor of John Zacharias Lloyd. He was a recently deceased Methodist clergyman and trustee who bequeathed $10,000 to the College.

Date: 1896
Appropriate Gift Books

Writers in the 1895 Microcosm make fun of various students in a humorous section titled "Appropriate Gift Books". In this section they "recommend" certain book titles appropriate to each person. Two female students are included in this jesting, a Miss Root, who was recommended to be gifted 'Little Women' and a Miss Horn, who was recommended 'Between Two Loves'. Some of the other book titles given to the male students poke fun at women and relationships.

Date: 1895
The Queen "D"

While the 1949 Microcosm gave the task of judging the year's campus queens to the student body, the yearbook of 1950 returned to the practice of outsourcing the judging. In 1950, Conrad Thibault, a radio and concert singer, had experience as a judge of the Miss America Beauty Contest. He chose Joan Davisson as the Queen of Dickinson College and Ann Frescott as the runner-up. Other female students selected as "The Unusual Six of a Kind" included: Lois Jane Barnard, Patricia Bradley, Barbara Neilson, Alice Rogers, Grace Wiest, and Frances Scott.

Date: 1950
Phoebe Follmer

The 1950 Microcosm lists the college administration, including a new dean of women. While the 1949 Microcosm listed Dean Helen B. Norcross, the 1950 yearbook presented Dean of Women Phoebe Follmer.

Date: 1950
In the Blueprints of Tomorrow We Foresee Our Progress

The 1949 Microcosm discussed the "Ten-Year Development Program" that President William W. Edel presented on the 175th Anniversary of the college. The yearbook reproduced excerpts from the speech. In one excerpt, President Edel admits that the female students' living quarters are old and that the college has provided no dormitory for the students since the institution became co-educational in 1884.

Date: 1949
Queen of the Year

In 1949, the Microcosm gave the student body the task of selecting seven female students to be the "queens" of campus. In past years, they outsourced the selection process to artists or servicemen not associated with student body but decided to change this policy because student body has contact with female students. Thus, students could judge queens "based on character, personality, attractiveness, and popularity." Sarah J. Frew was elected the Queen of the year, and other queens included Virginia L. Parlin, Janet Z. Schultz, Lois Jane Barnard, Alice R. Rogers, Mary E.

Date: 1949
Male humor towards co-eds

The men of the class of 1898 humorously lament in their class history about the lack of co-eds. The Microcosm states that the men were worried greatly because "'98 had no co-eds. The mere thought was at first unbearable." The male students continue on their lament of co-eds that "what would a class do without any of the dear ones to keep order in class meetings, fill the undesirable offices, soften the hearts of the Profs. by those bewitching smiles of which only Dickinson co-eds are capable or guilty (which ?), and the various other trifles which only the girls can do."

Date: 1895