1966 to 1970
Dorothy Wilson, Associate Professor of Music, returns from a year's leave spent in Kobe, Japan. During the school year, Dorothy taught and directed all phases of music at the Canadian Academy in Kobe, grades one through twelve. Her year leave also included extensive travel throughout Australia, southeast Asia, New Zealand, India, and southern Europe.
Johnsons Invites President Watts
President Charles H. Watts II, and Forest D. Brown, former executive secretary of the Christian Association at the University, and their wives, represented Bucknell at a White House reception honoring Ne Win, head of the state of Burma last Thursday evening.
The invitation to attend the Washington affair was extended by President and Mrs. Johnson.
Bucknell's friendship with Burma goes back to the University's earliest days and Maung Shawloo, the first Burmese physician trained in America, was Bucknell's first foreign student. The Burma-Bucknell Weekend originated in 1948 as a meeting with Bucknell's Burmese friends, became an annual affair on the campus.
The Bucknellian, 9/22/661967
Popular Singer Tours
S-FC, IFC Co-sponsor
Dionne Warwick Concert
Dionne Warwick, famed popular singer, will appear at Davis Gym tomorrow at 8:45.
"Don't Make Me Over" was Miss Warwick first hit and it immediately brought her public acclaim. Other recordings such as Who Had a Heart on By followed.>
In August, 1964, Miss Warwick made a four-month tour of Europe making personal appearances in all major countries outside the Iron Curtain. The trip concluded at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.
The concert is so-sponsored by the Student-Faculty Congress and Intrafraternity Council.
The Bucknellian, 9/21/671967
Sally Lifland Butterfield '71, came to Bucknell in 1967 and she remembers:
The most amazing thing that I think back on to my freshman year here was the duck walk. Now I don't think that was officially in any way sanctioned by the university. But it happened every year. They knew it happened. They let it happen. This occurred--oh, I don't know, maybe the second or third weekend that we were at Bucknell. And what happened was, I think it was a Saturday morning, the upper class women came rushing in to the freshman dorm carrying rolled up newspapers. They were shouting, "Okay, everybody out. Let's go!" and herding us into the open area between the dorms. And if you didn't move fast enough then they started hitting you with these rolled up newspapers. When we got downstairs then they made us get into a duck walk formation. You bent over and put one hand in front of you to grab the hand of the woman in front of you and the other hand you put between your legs and behind you to grab the hand of the person behind you. And in that position we had to walk all the way up the hill past all the fraternity houses at the top of the hill . . . and I think past some of the ones at the bottom of the hill. And the fraternity brothers threw old stale beer, rotten vegetables, eggs, garbage all over us. And we were not allowed to break our formation. If we started to try to walk away or to break our hand grip then the upperclass women would hit us with the newspapers.
Now when I think back on that, it's just hard for me to believe that we submitted to that kind of treatment. We just accepted it as our lot as freshmen women at Bucknell. It was incredibly degrading. It's hard to imagine it existed. We were complicit in it at the time . . . in that we could have refused, and we didn't.
Generally the atmosphere was relatively old-fashioned. Social life very much revolved around dates and fraternity parties and guys inviting girls to things as opposed to a young woman calling up a guy to invite him to do something.
WRC Interview, 6/961967
Zoya Jenks is hired as an adjunct lecturer in the music department. She recalled great inequities in pay and benefits, especially with regard to women lecturers. When Zoya first worked here, single women, in particular, were paid a lower rate than married men were. Of course the University was very secretive about the pay so women didn't really know; and married women were paid less because their husbands were working, therefore it was thought by the University that they wouldn't need to make as much money as the men. There were other inequities in terms of health care benefits too. There were only male doctors in student health services until the mid 70s. Zoya also remembers it wasn't until the early 70s that the daycare issue was addressed and Sunflower Daycare Center was eventually built.
Zoya recalls, "I have been on the Bucknell payroll since 1967 in some capacity or another and it was not until 1981 that I became full-time staff in the library; it was then that my benefits changed." One of Zoya's contributions during her long career at Bucknell was a manuscript on the history of women in science and technology at Bucknell. She did this as part of a graduate program for a Master's degree.
Zoya is an accomplished cellist active in the Bucknell Symphony Orchestra, the Chapel Choir and the Opera Company, and also performs on National Public Radio.
All in all, Zoya believes great advances have been made during recent decades and encourages female students not to limit themselves for any reason.
WRC Interview, July 19961968
Miranda McGinnis, a Bucknell graduate from the class of 1968, recalls one of the experiences, which she fondly remembers - joining Phi Mu Sorority. In Phi Mu, she held the position of Rush Chair and later President. As Rush Chair, she helped to implement structural changes within the rush system. "A major change that they made was that they set up a rotation system for the first two nights of rush so girls would rotate around talking to many more women than just one small group." As a result Phi Mu Sorority retained large and more diverse pledge class.>
Phi Mu was not looked upon as one of the top sororities because it was not comprised of cheerleaders. It was a diverse group composed of people in theater, student government, and engineers. It was comprised of many independent thinkers who often boasted to other sororities about their high grade point averages. She recalls that, "If a young woman or man really wanted to be involved in the social scene on campus, that person must be involved in a Greek organization." Approximately 60% of women were in sororities at that time.
WRC Interview, June, 19961968
Bucknell cheerleaders include: Sal Pisapia, Snoozy White, Frank Wheaton, Joe Barraclaugh, Criag Eby,
After long consideration, the University granted special housing for African-American students. Of the 41 African-American full-time students, thirteen Black male students chose to live in Edwards House and ten women received priority pick and chose to live in Seventh St. House.
When asked to provide comments on how well the first semester went, one student, who lived in Edwards House stated: "this place offers a more relaxed social atmosphere so that we can do what we want without being made to feel abnormal. Definitely the atmosphere is much looser." >
Mosaic, 3/951970In September, a group of concerned University education and assistance to students regarding sexuality and contraceptives. The group has information on "birth control methods, venereal disease, legal counseling, and problem pregnancies." The Student Information Service Committee will later help establish a pregnancy clinic open to college students two nights a week in Lewisburg. The operation, which will always have a registered nurse on duty, is set up under Dr. Jack Fairweather, an accredited obstetrician and gynecologist.
The Bucknellian, 9/25 &10/9/701970
Veda Ward, '72, is elected Homecoming Queen in October. She is the only African-American to be chosen for this role. A Religion and Spanish major, Veda also is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and has served as a member of the Dorm Council. She will later receive a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and become a professor of Leisure Studies and Recreation at California State University at Northridge.1970The women's student government, Associated Women Students, redefines its role in a statement to the school newspaper. In the past, AWS has been the sole governing body, but with the advent of a "no-hours" policy eliminating curfews for women the adoption of a new judicial procedure students and emphasis on co-educational experience organization foresees shift in from governing to programming. >
The Bucknellian, 10/9/1970 1970
Maureen Murphy, is hired as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Religion. Maureen was formerly an elementary schoool teacher and a nun in the Benedictine order before attending graduate school at Catholic University. She will later be instrumental in developing the women's studies program and an affirmative action plan for Bucknell. She also will serve as an advisor for the Mortar Board Society and the women's student group, Amicae. In addition, Maureen becomes a founding mother of the Women's Resource Center Advisory and serves as an important member of the WRC Advisory Board.