In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, undergraduates are urged not to embarrass women on campus, Clio defeats Whig in a debate over companionate marriage, and more.
November 20, 1891—A letter to the editor of the Princetonian urges Princeton students not to embarrass the women with applause and cheering when their peers from Evelyn College appear on campus in the future, condemning their conduct toward them earlier in the week.
November 22, 1988—While making her rounds of the campus to enroll in courses, Wendy Bower ’89 is disappointed to find that two out of the three courses she wanted are full.
November 23, 1928—In an intersectional debate over companionate marriage, Clio’s team wins with their argument in favor of changing current laws about marriage to allow legal access to birth control, divorce by mutual consent, and abolishment of alimony. As the Prince summarizes their position, “By holding the wantonness of married life in leash, the country would be spared a race of degenerates.” Whig’s team disagrees, calling companionate marriage “‘free love’ in an evil guise…”
November 24, 1834—Edmund Lang (Class of 1837) writes to his father about his daily schedule:
- Daybreak—a horn and bell (the “rouser”) sound to wake students in Nassau Hall; they have 15 minutes to get dressed for prayers and an hour of recitation followed by a 15 minute break, then breakfast
- 9:00AM—students must return to their rooms to study
- 12:00PM—students visit the post office, read letters, and play ball
- 2:00PM—students return to their rooms to study
- 3:30PM—recitations, then evening prayers
- 6:00PM—tea (dinner), after which students visit one another’s rooms
- 8:00PM—students return to their rooms to study
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