A petition has been circulating in the women’s dormitories since Friday
urging Women’s Board to reconsider its decision not to abolish senior
women’s hours. Emalee Godsey, who wrote the petition, reported that there
has been “great response” to it.
“The petition was sent out,” Miss Godsey stated, “because
of the close seven-to-five vote in the Board meeting Feb. 9, and because of the
overwhelming support of the poll for the abolition of senior women’s
The proposal was rejected, according to Mrs. Joseph Reichard, acting dean of
women, chiefly because of considerations for the girls’ safety.
Eliminating hours would, in Mrs. Reichard’s opinion, change the
relationship of the College to the students and their parents.
The petition argues that senior women are treated as adults in the classroom
but are not allowed to run their own lives outside of it. It also suggests that
a workable “mechanicalistic” way of insuring the safety of the girls
was not thoroughly investigated.
“The petition raises several legalistic considerations,”
commented College senior Leslie Mammen, president of the women’s board.
The vote was taken not on the mechanics, she added, but on the ideology of
eliminating women’s hours.
“However, those arguing against abolishing senior women’s hours
did so from material reasons. This is ducking the issue,” she affirmed.
The question of women’s hours was not dismissed with the vote on the
proposal. Mrs. Reichard stated then that there would be further consideration of
making the hours more flexible for senior women.
“Several of us on Women’s Board find making hours more flexible
senseless,” Miss Mammen continued. “If this were done (in effect)
there would not be any rule at all.”