1955: Women prohibited from wearing shorts
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Women’s Student Government Standards Council proclaimed a new policy on the wearing of Bermuda shorts last night at the WSG Assembly by naming five specific places where they should not be worn.
According to Mary Ann Ellis, president of Standards Council, Bermuda shorts should not be worn:
1. In classrooms
2. In public vehicles and terminals of public
3. In administration and faculty offices
4. At university functions and extracurricular
meetings in university buildings
5. In downtown Syracuse
This new ruling will go into effect Monday after all house presidents have had a chance to explain the standard to their living centers, Miss Ellis declared.
‘Standards Council has been established to deal with standards, permissions and policy,’ Miss Ellis explained. ‘We have discussed the issue and feel that this policy is in keeping with the standards to be adhered to by Syracuse University coeds.’
Fine artists will also be affected by this policy. Should they need to wear old clothes to class, it is advised that they wear slacks, Miss Ellis said. The council’s action was prompted by requests from students as well as from the faculty and administration.
House presidents were asked to take this issue back to their dorms, bringing protests from the members to the floor of the Assembly next week.
The policy could be changed by a reconsideration of the ruling by Standards Council or the Assembly veto, which requires three-fourths vote of the members.
Enforcement of the standard will be left in the hands of the house president and the head resident. Coeds are expected to abide by the honor system in living up to this policy. Standards Council will consider cases where the house has been unable to enforce the policy.
A proposal was brought up to use voting machines in campus elections and moved into the internal structure panel for investigation.
The problem of nurses proctoring late hours and getting up early for work was moved into the student welfare panel. Also in student welfare panel was the investigation of facilitating serving in Winchell Hall.
An investigation of the student infirmary services was called for and referred to the student welfare panel.
Standards Council also announced that houses wishing to change the time of their house meeting from 10 p.m. Sunday must petition to the council giving their reasons.
Originally published October 20, 1955
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