Dickinsonian

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The "Almost Perfect" Co-eds

An article from October 25, 1928, reprinted in The Dickinsonian's celebration of the college's 90th anniversary, claims that two freshman co-eds were found "almost perfect." Otherwise, physical examinations revealed that the rest of the freshmen women had more than two defects. These defects included being overweight or underweight, having round shoulders or falt feet, "showing" head forward, or having lateral curvature of the spine.

Date: October 5, 1962
Coeds Need Telephones

Another reprinted article from November 12, 1936 in The Dickinsonian's celebration of the college's 90th anniversary discussed the need co-eds had for telephones. The author, rhetorically asking if his readers have ever tried to call a co-ed, says that anyone who has succeeded in doing so has "the makings of a genius or magician."

Date: October 5, 1962
Blue Laws for Metzgerites

The Dickinsonian observed Dickinson's 90th Birthday by reprinting old pictures and articles, trying to capture the history of Dickinson as it related to the students of the '60s.

Date: October 5, 1962
Women's Dormitory

An article in The Dickinsonian explained that construction on the new women's dormitory was ahead of schedule and was expected to be ready for the next year's class. Ground-breaking for the new dormitory took place on February 8, 1962, and the administration chalked up the early completion to good summer weather and the work of the construction company. The residence hall would have 125 rooms, suites for two house mothers, an air-conditioned recreation room, and a dining hall for 250 people. A federal loan and college funds would pay for the project.

Date: September 20, 1962
Mrs. Meredith Retires

According to an article in The Dickinsonian, Josephine B. Meredith will retire from Dickinson's faculty after serving the college for 29 years. The former dean had graduated from Dickinson in 1901, received a masters in English, and married Arthur Meredith. She became the dean of women of the college in 1919 and served as an English professor as well. Meredith's interests included knitting, chatting with friends, and studying John Wesley. She also travelled to England, Canada, and the European continent.

Date: June 5, 1948
Subcommittee on Women Investigate Sexual Prejudice

The Commission on the Status of Women at the College formed four subcommittees to help investigate more deeply into several areas including recruitment and employment practices, attitude research, program and services, and community relations.
Professor Barbara McDonald, Commission chairwoman at the time, stressed the importance of the involvement of diverse individuals and any help offerred to the Commission will be appreciated.

Date: February 16, 1973
Alma Mater Goes Coed

The last verse of the Alma Mater which used to include the lines "Men may come and men may go,...ever to thy sons a pride," was removed in February of 1973. Being that the college has been co-educational since Zatae Longsdorff entered the class of 1887 as a sophmore, the third verse of the Alma Mater exluded a large part of the College community. First and second verses of Alma Mater were sung at College ceremonies since the change has taken place by President Howard L. Rubendall.

Date: February 1, 1973
Field Trip to Aid Women with Career Opportunities

On November 10th, 1972, junior and senior women of the College had an opportunity to expand their knowledge of career opportunities for women by sponsering a trip to Washington Opportunities for Women (W.O.W.). Originally focusing on the jobs for women of low economic status, the W.O.W. bureau, a branch of the Department of Labor, extended its function to include career counseling for women of all ages and backgrounds.
Ms. Pam McFarland was the organizer of the trip, and 40 female students attended.

Date: November 3, 1972
Page from "I was a Co-ed"

In her memoir recounting her time at Dickinson, Elizabeth Low remembers the the role the Dickinsonian played in the lives of female students. Though female students were prohibited from writing for the Dickinsonian, much information regarding female students was included in the college newspaper.

Date: 1951
Nude Women in the Drinkinsonian

The last page of the 1962 Drinkinsonian features two, small sketches of nude women. There is no evidence of references to these sketches in the articles themselves.

Date: April 5, 1962