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Campus Pioneers: The FIrst 25 Years of Women at Gonzaga, 1948 - 1973: Case 7

Case 7: Student Life

Case 7: Student Life

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.

Green Beanie, 1959.

Green Beanie, 1959.

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.

Green Beanie Handout, 1966.

Green Beanie Handout, 1966.

The tradition of the green beanie carried on for many years after it was reintroduced in 1948.

“Campus Days”, Zagettes Scrapbook, 1955-1956.

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This Zagettes scrapbook shows the various activities associated with this day-long event in October.

“Homecoming,” 1951-1952.

“Homecoming,” 1951-1952.

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.

“Mardi Gras Dance,” 1958.

“Mardi Gras Dance,” 1958.

The admittance of female students to Gonzaga allowed male students to more easily find dates to the dances held at Gonzaga.

Fashion Show, 1968

Fashion Show, 1968

AWS helped to put on events, such as an annual fashion show.

First Husband and Wife to Graduate from Gonzaga, 1950, Bob and Betty Gallagher.

First Husband and Wife to Graduate from Gonzaga, 1950, Bob and Betty Gallagher.

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,” Bulletin, January 11, 1949.

“Co-Eds’ Corner,” Bulletin, January 11, 1949.

“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.

Winter Ball, 1949-1950

Winter Ball, 1949-1950