1961

A unique breed of hamsters being raised at Bucknell under the direction of Dr. Hulda Magalhaes, Professor of Zoology, may someday provide medical science with important answers in its research to conquer cancer. The biology department is supplying the National Institute of Health in Washington, DC, with hamsters descended from a strain of hamsters with "spontaneous abnormalities," Missing kidneys or reproductive tissue, these hamsters are more susceptible to cancer-producing factors. Dr. Magalhaes is shown here with the first hamster cage which she constructed.

The Bucknellian, 1/60

1961

Marthann Lauver (Martie Samek) graduates early with a degree in Education. She is an active student who has been on the Dean's List, a member of the yearbook and newspaper staffs, Cap and Dagger, and the Women's Student Government. She is also selected as Junior Counselor and head resident for Sixth Street House. Mrs. Samek, in thinking about regulations for women recalls, 'We were not allowed to wear pants on dates. We were not allowed to wear pants in town.' On very very cold days, these rules were suspended. 'There were several other cardinal sins. One was chewing gum in town or on campus, and certainly, never, ever, smoking on the street.' Before graduating, Martie is called into the Registrar's Office and told she has not fulfilled the required number of chapel credits. She has enough academic credits to graduate early, but did not complete the 40 chapel credits necessary to get her degree. University officials meet and agree to allow her to receive her diploma as long as she promises to attend church and the pastor of her new congregation will vouch for her attendance. A self-described 'professional volunteer,' Mrs. Samek later serves on the Bucknell Parents Board and the Northern New Jersey Alumni Club. After becoming President of the Alumni Association in 1992, she will join the University's Board of Trustees a year later. Martie's husband, Edward, and her three daughters, Ann, Margaret, and Elizabeth are also graduates of Bucknell.

WRC Interview, 11/95

1961

"I'll never forget that trip if I live to be 100," Dr. Mildred Martin remarks about her 58-day bus ride from Paris to Bombay. "The fantastic safari, made by 60 people in three 20-year-old buses, was part of a five month trip around the world which the Professor of English began late in January and finished in July. In almost every country Miss Martin visited, she was met by foreign students she had learned to know at the Bucknell Summer Institute and their hospitality was unforgettable." Dr. Martin shares descriptions of her journey to 23 countries with the Bucknell Campus Club and other groups.

Union County Standard Journal, 7/14/60

1961

"Cooking food is prohibited in dormitory rooms."

L'Agenda 1961

1961

"Neither pianos nor musical instruments may be played in residence halls during strict quiet hours."

L'Agenda, 1961

  

Recollection

Linda Danowski recalls an anecdote about the expectations of what the secretary was supposed to do in the Political Science department in the early 1960s. ". . . When I went to work in political science it was when you made the coffee and you washed the dishes. Don't forget to make the coffee! So I made the coffee and cleaned the sink and I made the coffee and I cleaned the sink and finally I went down to see another secretary and I said, 'That sink is so dirty every day.' She said, 'Tomorrow when you're told to make the coffee you're busy. Say you're busy and go on.'" Linda thought, "I don't know if I should do that or not. I might lose my job." But the next day, she heard, "Linda, the dishes aren't done." She said, "Oh, I'm busy. I'm so busy." She was asked, "Will you do them by the end of the day" and she said, "I'll try." The next morning she recalled there were coffee grounds all over everything and on the floor. "Did you forget to make the coffee this morning?" She said,"No, I'm busy." Then "the dishes aren't done," and again, "I'm busy." "Do you know anything other than the words I'm busy?" "No, I'm busy." Linda remembers, "I was very nervous through all this. It got to the point where--'Linda isn't doing the dishes. Do you know Linda isn't doing the dishes?' 'Well, Linda's too busy to do the dishes.' That's what it came to. Linda became too busy to do the dishes, and after that as it gradually went over years and more years they were making their own coffee, cleaning the sink, making sure there weren't so many crumbs on the floor and then it got to the point we'd get into the 80s and if they asked me to do-- 'Or isn't that in your job description?' 'No way, not in my job description. I don't do it." Linda remarked, "I would never have said that in the 60s but I say it in the 80s and 90s."

WRC Interview, April, 1996

1963

"Women's dorms are closed sharply at 12:30."

L'Agenda, 1963

1963

Banquet Slated By Panhellenic A Panhellenic Banquet will be held on Saturday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the Women's Dining Hall. All sorority women along with sorority and university guests are invited. The theme of the banquet is centered around sorority flowers. Gerri Ziray, as Panhell Vice President, is in charge of the banquet. Each sorority has some part in the planning of the banquet. Alpha Sigma Alpha is responsible for publicity, Delta Delta Delta for the menu, Kappa Delta for the program, and Alpha Phi for the seating chart. Alpha Chi Omega and Pi Beta Phi are in charge of decorations, Kappa Kappa Gamma in charge of invitations, and Delta Zeta and Phi Mu in charge of the speaker. The guest speaker for the evening will be Miss Doris Seward, Dean of Women at the University of Kentucky and a sorority woman. The subject of her talk will be "preparing for wide and wise human service." This is the first year such a banquet will be held. Panhell hopes that in future years other inter-sorority activities will be included to compromise a Greek Weekend.

The Bucknellian, 4/29/63

1963 

Coeds to Hold Moving-Up Day in Davis Gym Moving-up Day is one of the most memorable events held by the women students each year. Usually the ceremony is held in the Baptist Church; this year, however, due to the remodeling of the church, it will be held in the gym. A committee is being formed to organize the ceremony and decorate the gym so that nothing in the way of beauty will be lost in the move from the church. So far all the suggestions have been good. Perhaps the feeling that the gym is so large and cold could be greatly reduced by using only one-third of it, facing sideways, and lowering the ceiling in some way similar to the way it was done for the Military Ball. These are only a few suggestions that are being greatly considered; any that you might have would also be appreciated. After all this is the time when our seniors say good-bye, everyone else advances to the next class, and awards and next years counselors, head residents, and Mortar Board members are announced. We want the event to be as lovely and as memorable as it always has been. The ceremony will be held Wednesday evening, April 24.

The Bucknellian, 4/29/63

1964

Marian Anderson, contralto, performs in Davis Gym on February 28. In 1955, Miss Anderson made her Metropolitan Opera debut as the first African-American to sing there. In 1939, she became the center of a controversy when the Daughters of the American Revolution refused her permission to sing in Constitution Hall in Washington. The result was the historic outdoor concert at Lincoln Memorial where she sang to a crowd of 75,000.

The Bucknellian, 2/27/64; Her Heritage

1964

The Women Student Government Assn. and the Independent Assn. of Women Students sponsor a talk on February 25 by Miss Clara Flynn entitled, "The College Educated Negro Woman in America." A fifth grade teacher and director of a girls club in Harrisburg, Miss Flynn encouraged the development of understanding between the races and explained the desire for equal opportunity.

The Bucknellian, 3/5/64

1964 

Four fraternities-Phi Gamma Delta, Sigma Chi, Theta Chi, and Lambda Chi Alpha-have been placed on social probation. The punishments followed "visitations" after their parties by Charles A. Meyn, Dean of Men and his "lieutenants." At Phi Gamma the Dean found three women in one of the public rooms at 12:55 am. According to University policy they should have been off the premises by 12:15. Lambda Chi, Sigma Chi, and Theta Chi were punished because of the unsanitary conditions that prevailed. All four of the fraternities also violated the rule that the beer taps must be turned off by 12:30. The Dean of Men criticized the "lack of effort on the part of the elected officers (of the house), including the social chairmen, in exercising their repsonsibilities of maintaining appropriate standards."

Later that week, at ten o'clock Saturday the Bison began to fill with students with the intention of speaking out against the recent placement of four fraternities on social probation. The crowd of students decided to march in front of President Odger's house, after first stopping at the female residence halls to encourage participation. "A group of coeds ran from Hunt Hall to join the marchers. The girls in Larison were not allowed to leave the dorm." Over 500 students poured into the streets, chanting "Down with Meyn! Down with Meyn," gathering strength as they marched on. The house remained dark except for a light upstairs. The voice of Al Reister, a graduate assistant, was then heard. He attempted to convince the crowd that the action taken by the Dean of Men's office was to insure the future of the fraternity system at Bucknell. The crowd became restless. Suddenly a dummy representing Dean Meyn was hoisted. The small figure was set ablaze. Then the crowd slowly dispersed.

John C. Hayward, Dean of Student Affairs, issued the following statement: the recent disciplinary action taken by the University in connection with several fraternities came as a result of conditions and situations, which cannot be tolerated, on the Bucknell campus.

The Bucknellian, March 1964

1965 

Dot Saw It All: After thirty-two service-filled years, Dorothy Brzeskiewicz (pronounced Breskevich,) is retiring. In 1954, Dot began her long association with Bucknell as a cashier at the Old Bison. From 1962-64, she worked in the College Inn which was then located on the top of the hill near Trax, Kress, and Roberts Halls. Over time, she has served in many capacities, but in 1965 she discovered her true 'home' in the bookstore because it was "the liveliest place on campus." Dot has long been known as the woman who never forgets a name or a face. Described as a "quick-thinking, straight-talking worker of an era long past," one co-worker said, "She is very dedicated and very loyal; she believes when the boss says something you do it." Dot's years with the University have enabled her to witness and interact with several generations of students. With wry humor, she recalls that Bucknell has had its share of protestors, streakers, nude sunbathers, and non-conformists, yet she has also seen students who went on to become University administrators. When asked about the hardships, Dot admits that technology posed the greatest challenge. She was thankful that concerned students who had computer science backgrounds took the time to help train her. When asked to name the best thing about Bucknell, Dot answers without hesitation: "The students. They are 95 percent well-mannered and easy to deal with and only five percent obnoxious. . . The smartest ones are the oddest."

Bucknell World, July 6, 1987 Issue

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