According to its entry in the Microcosm, in 1955 the women of Pi Beta Phi encouraged all members to participate in campus activities and to maintain high scholarship.Â They held a number of social events including a formal in honor of the seniors, a pledge formal, and a pledge tea.Â In 1955, the officers of Pi Beta Phi were Susan J. Marquardt, president; Suzanne S. Ruggles, vice-president; Susan D. Epley, secretary; and Alma M. Balla, treasurer.
"Sui Generis" is a social club open to all female students that chose not to participate in Greek life. Much like the "Independent Women", Sui Generis required membership at the begining of the second semester.
In 1955, the women of Zeta Tau Alpha were active members of the Dickinson community.Â They held a song festival to raise funds for a cerebral palsy organization and invited all members of the greek community to participate.Â Their social calendar included Sunday morning breakfasts, teas for faculty and fraternity representatives, and the Pledge and Winter Formals.Â A picture in the Microcosm also documents the women of Zeta Tau Alpha supporting athletics on campus.Â The officers of the organization in 1955 were Wilma V. Hatter, president; Barbara L. Burket, vice-president; Barbara J.
"Inside Information" is the first guidebook published by the Dean of
Women office. This guidebook provides rules and regulations for
dormitory life, guidelines for social life, proper dress and manners,
suggestions for academic success, information on sororities, and
independents. "Inside Information" was sent to freshmen students prior
to the start of the academic year.
In 1955, the Microcosm documented a number of activities of the women of Phi Mu.Â The organization held three rummage sales and two carwashes to benefit their Toy Cart at the Carlisle Hospital and the Carlisle Children's Home.Â Phi Mu also held a Mary Sachs fashion show to benefit the Philadelphia Arthritic Society.Â The officers of the Beta Delta chapter in 1955 were Louise E. Howard, president; Edith F. Cooke, vice-president; Edith H. Bean, secretary; and Ruth M. Costenbader, treasurer.Â
"Your room" is a section included in "Inside Information" a guidebook for freshman women. This section provides suggestions to freshmen students on the aesthetics of their dorm room, stating "a real transformation occurs in a dormitory room after its residents move in. The room acquires a distinctive atmosphere, almost a personality." Encouraging students to "bring friends pictures and a few special momentos." Also included is information to female students on laundry facilities.
The Class of 1894 in the 1894 Microcosm wrote about their history. This included a paragraph on the women who attend Dickinson College. It states, "Our especial pride is in the loveliness of our ladies, not only of '94, but of Carlisle as well." The paragraph also discussed the appeal of female classmates that if "the young men of our Class do not fall in love with them, they will be a dishonor to their sex and to the grand old College which they represent."
"To Whom It May Concern" is a poem written in the 1892 Microcosm about co-ed romance. The poem talks about a male student who has reformed all his devious ways for his "darling Archibald," a Sophomore. The poem concludes that the girl he is in love with is a co-ed, and that their romance is unknown to their parents. Â
The 1892 Microcosm was the first yearbook to show class pictures of the 1893 students, which included female classmates. The women shown are Eurania Ruth Mapes, Laura Spenser, and Mary Ann Humrich. It also documents that Laura Spenser was the class Vice-President.
The 1946-1947 Microcosm presented Dickinson's Campus Queens for the academic year. Milton Caniff chose the Campus Queens and signed his photograph, included in the feature, "for the 1947 Microcosm with my very best wishes." Campus beauties included: Mary Elizabeth Derr, Ann Elizabeth Thompson, Sarah Jean Frew, Virginia Rickenbach, and Mary Jean Reynolds.
The 1946-1947 Microcosm bids farewell to Dean Josephine B. Meredith, who served the college as dean of women for 25 years. The Microcosm cites her "philosophy and indefatigable sense of humor, together with her wisdom about youth and its trials" as what made her well-suited to giving female students advice. In this Microcosm, Dean Helen B.
The 1945 Microcosm presented Dickinson's "Varga Girls" in its features section. A photograph of Varga himself, signed "Best Wishes to Microcosm," indicates that the artist selected Dickinson's "Varga Girls." These women included: Ann Gates, Barbara Mulford, Dorothy Nagle, Alma Anderson, and Marion Clowes.
The 1945 Microcosm lists the editor-in-chief of the Dickinsonian as Nancy Person. Similar to 1944, the staff was dominated by female students in 1945 as the World War II continued to place strains on human resources at the college. Marjorie M. Arnold was the Business Manager for 1945.
The 1943 Microcosm added pictures of co-eds in the "Features" section. These women, selected by the Officers of the 32nd College Training Detachment of the Army Air Forces, included: Elizabeth Black, Charlotte Stopford, Barbara Mulford, Lucille Sweet, and Jean Carson.
The features of the 1944 Microcosm presents Dickinson's "Pin-up Girls": students selected the ten "most attractive" females from Dickinson and sent their photographs to a judge in order to determine the top five. For 1944, the top five women selected were: Edith Ann Lingle, Barbara Mulford, Wilma Barkalow, Lucille Sweet, and Ann Gates.
According to the Microcosm, Helen Kretschmar, Elinor Derr, and Catherine Stern were awarded blazers for being the three junior women with the highest score in competitions hosted by the Women's Athletic Association Council. Competitions included badminton, ping-pong, interclass volleyball, interfraternity basketball, interclass basketball, bowling, softball, and tennis. The women's sports program also offered non-competitive hockey, equestrianism, badminton, and swimming, among other sports.
The Microcosm's page on the Debate Squad referenced the effect of World War II on the size of the team. As a result of the lack of male "veterans," three women tried out for the team during the first semester and were the first women "in recent history" to represent Dickinson in forensic contests. According to the Microcosm, President Corson approved their participation in the debate squad and hoped that more women would become involved every year.
In the 1944 Microcosm, the Dickinsonian is staffed mostly by female students with Kathleen Briner as the editor-in-chief. The 1943 Microcosm reveals that the Dickinsonian had mostly male students on its staff as well as a male editor-in-chief. In 1944, the description for the Dickinsonian cites the difficulties the staff faced due to wartime shortages and their efforts to send copies of the newspaper to Dickinson's servicemen.
In a letter to the incoming freshmen women of 1955, Dean of Women Victoria K. Hann, extends her greetings, congratulations, and offers her support to the incoming female students. This welcoming letter is the first page in "Inside Information," an informational guidebook published by the Dean of Women's office. Dean Hann outlines the contents of the guidebook, writing "this booklet is sent to you in the hope that some of your questions can be answered before you get here." Inside Information was sent to the homes of incoming freshman female students prior to their arrival.
Included in "Inside Information," a guidebook published by the Dean of Women's Office, are a list of dating suggestions for women. According to the guidebook, the way a young woman "regards adults will give her date an idea of the kind of person she is." Suggestions include, using "your best dating manners from the very begining. Start each date on the right note by being prompt, neat and clean.