This essay by Dean Meredith outlined the problems faced when women attended fraternity dances. She argued that such dances were chaperoned however, before and after the dance was not. Often women would to travel to such events and it was impossible to watch them all the time. Thus, improper behavior occured between men and women.
In a particularly gruesome experience documented in the STOP THE VIOLENCE publication, a student recounts a night at an SAE party in which violence towards women was the partyâ€™s theme.Â She recountsÂ misogynistic posters and that the brothers tried to deny that this mentality towards women was the theme of the festivities.
Included in the STOP THE VIOLENCE publication, is Dickinson Collegeâ€™s definition of hazing as it appears in the student handbook.Â It appears that â€œthe breaking of these rules has become so routine on this campus that most people do not even realize it is against the law.â€Â On the same page, personal accounts of violent acts, some quite horrific, are included.Â The names of all involved are withheld for safety reasons.Â
A group of unidentified Dickinson students organized themselves and produced a pamphlet in hopes of bringing about awareness and stopping violence on campus.Â â€œIts right here; RIGHT HERE ON THIS CAMPUS,â€ reads the headline on the first page, and is followed by the mission of the article/pamphlet.Â Their demands include the investigation and end to all fraternity and sorority related hazing and ritualized violence and the investigation and prosecution of any act of hazing or ritualized violence by the college.Â â€œHazing has become painfully obvious,â€ and â€œdetrimental to the social and intelle
Kathryn Egan, the Women's Center columnist for the Dickinsonian, discusses stereotypes experienced at college in the September 2004 issue of the Dickinsonian. She discusses the stereotypes of sororities, fraternities, those in favor of women's issues, those who attend a private liberal arts college, men and women. Kathryn expresses her disgust with how people stereotype all of these groups, stating that we all individuals, but because of that we have a tendency by others to be grouped.
Dean Ernest A. Vuilleumier reminds the Dickinson College Fraternities about the regulations against unchaperoned female visitors. According to the rule's creation in 1936, it is stated that, "women visitors shall be admitted to fraternity houses without chaperonage approved by the dean of the college." Suitable chaperones that are available without further formalities are mothers of fraternity members, mothers of guests, or faculty member's wives. Only in certain cases where other chaperones are contemplated then it is necessary to secure special authorization from the Dean of the College.
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.
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.
Under the Fraternity Social Functions section under the 1957 student handbook, female students were allowed to attend evening dinners at fraternity houses under the following regulations:
- one chaperone must be present
- female students were not allowed to arrive prior than 5:45pm and stay past 7:15pm
- the dinner must have been registered with the Dean of Women by the Wednesday before the event
- the president and officers were responsible for "conduct" as well as "maintaining the established hours of arrival and departure"