Around Campus questioning about affirmative action bringing more men to campus in 2000 brought some interesting comments. Ayree Koh '04 said that "People should be able to choose where they go to school without an outside force compelling them." A male student, Chris Daubert had no opinion:"Honestly, it's not that important to me," he said .Melissa Laureau '03 said "It would be nice to have more men on campus. I would prefer that the school keep the standards up." Why standards would need to be "kept up" is unclear.
Singer, a male student, is reprimanded by his professor for trying to make "himself agreeable to the coeds" which is recorded in the 1892 April Dickinsonian. Professor Himes calls out Singer on his flirtatious actions asking him that when he is finished talking to the ladies, "the lecture will be continued...Please don't sit so close to them in the future."
An anonymous letter to the Editor in response to Dean Bylander's article on sexual assault and the reasons why victims do not come forward addresses Dickinson's judicial system. He/she says: "It fails to provide victims with security or closure, and more often than not, it allows the abuser to come away with little more than a slap on the wrist." They demand to know "what the college is hiding." This student feels that sexual violence was not being dealt with openly and more awareness was necessary on campus.
Dean Joyce Bylander in this week's copy of the Dickinsonian addresses the student body about acquaintance sexual assault. She urges that the student body "to create an envionment that simply is intolerant of acts of violence against women (women are the primary victims of this act) and work to stop them. We have to be able to make the connection between exploitation and degredation of women and the resulting propensity to see women as sexual objects," she says. The Women's Center actively works to make the Dickinson campus safer for women.
An article in the Dickinsonian announces that the local Alpha Delta Epsilon sorority voted to affiliate with the national sorority Gamma Phi Beta. The group was to be a colony as of February 9 and initiated as the Delta Rho chapter to the international sorority in May of 1980. The former President of ADE, Peggy Silberthau, said that the group was â€œlooking for more structure, support, and guidance from a strong organization which could also offer us advisors and active alumni supportâ€ and which they ultimately found in Gamma Phi Beta.
The November 1891 Dickinsonian declares in its pages about the prospective wedding of Zatae Longsdorff. She is to be married to a Dr. A Gale Straw on the fourteenth of November, 1891. Zatae's maids of honor were Lenora Whiting (Class of 1891) and Jessica Longsdorff (Class of 1891), her sister. The Dickinsonian "sends congratulations and well wishes after the happy couple."
The whereabouts of the graduated class of 1891 is documented by the October 1891 issue of the Dickinsonian. Three of the female students are among the other graduates mentioned. Elizabeth Low is mentioned as a teacher in the public schools in Berwick, Pennsylvania, Jessica Longsdorff is studying at the Woman's Medical College in Philadelphia and Lenora Whiting is staying at her home in Carlisle.
The 1891 July Dickinsonian further comments on Jessica Longsdorff's performance for the Senior Oratorical Contest. Her oration was written on "The Uncrowned," which is about paintings from the French Revolution. The Dickinsonian proclaims that hers was "one of the best orations of the evening."
The event of the Junior Oratorical Contest of 1891 was documented in the July issue of the Dickinsonian. Minnie Mack was the first speaker, who chose her subject to be "Woman's Work and Woman's Wages," which stirred much interest in those listening. She spoke on the "great injustice done to women, who...very often performing the same labor as men, yet received much less compensation." Minnie Mack then further comments on the changing times, how now women are more fitted for "mechanical or professional work" than the chief role of adorning a house.