Residence in the Halls, 1948

I found this today on the Dean of Students collection. It is nearly breathtaking in its clarity, simplicity, and respect for the students and their ability to behave as responsible members of the community.

Bonus: And we’re still putting clothes on trees. (Many thanks to an alert reader!)

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5 Responses to Residence in the Halls, 1948

  1. Steve Lukingbeal, Hanszen 76 says:

    Looks like the author was heavily influenced by Rousseau, Locke, and The Social Contract. However, in the 1970s we found it impossible to live without a fridge, TV, and stereo system in our rooms, and the obligation to make your bed by 10 am each day as tyrannical. There must have been some sort of revolution between 1948 and 1972 which changed those arbitrary rules.

    • Melissa Kean says:

      Modernized electrical system!

    • Galloway Hudson '60 says:

      We had stereo systems in our rooms in 1957-58, but I think (not sure) that refrigerators were still verboten. The only TV, for those who could afford to waste the time, was in the college lounge. I do not recall a bed-making requirement of any kind.

  2. vkbenson says:

    Refrigerators were still banned in 1958. However, one of my suite mates was diabetic and was allowed a small refrigerator for his insulin. Since the insulin took up a very small amount of space, I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what the remainder was used for. Of course, alcohol was still banned on campus.

  3. Barney L. McCoy, Hanszen 67 says:

    Masterson’s class was at 8:00 am. His TA locked the doors at 8:05 and then checked the role. I guarantee you that the only freshperson who made his/her bed before 10:00 am was my roommate John King. As for refrigerators, Houston actually had winter for a couple of months back in the 60s. You put your beer or soft drinks between the window and the screen.

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