The arrival of co-eds on campus meant that the dynamic between students changed, even when they were not studying or in class. This case looks at student life after the arrival of co-eds in 1948. The tradition of the green beanie was reintroduced upon the arrival of female students. Freshman were required to wear their green beanies until Saint Patrick’s day, unless the freshman won against the sophomore class on Frosh. –Soph. Night. Later it was renamed Campus Day days.
Here is a green beanie, like the ones that freshman would have had to wear until Saint Patrick’s day. This one was given to a freshman in 1959, who would graduate with the class of 1963.
The tradition of the green beanie carried on for many years after it was reintroduced in 1948.
This Zagettes scrapbook shows the various activities associated with this day-long event in October.
Left to Right: Susan M. Backer (Princess), Roberta C. “Bobbie” Turnbull (Queen), Barbara R. Beaver (Princess).
Every year, during the homecoming celebration, ladies would compete for the title of Homecoming Queen. In this particular year, Robert “Bobbie” Turnbull is given the title.
The admittance of female students to Gonzaga allowed male students to more easily find dates to the dances held at Gonzaga.
AWS helped to put on events, such as an annual fashion show.
A picture of the first married couple to graduate together from Gonzaga. One document cites a reason for admitting female students was in the hopes that the young men would be able to meet nice, Catholic women.
“Co-Eds’ Corner” in the Bulletin became a popular place for discussion of coeducation at Gonzaga. This particular edition focuses on the first co-ed marriages at Gonzaga.