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Radcliffe (Kentucky, United States) (search for this): chapter 21
Student life at Radcliffe. Sarah Yerxa. When we pause, for a moment, as now, to consider life at Radcliffe, we cannot but ask ourselves how it differs from life at other colleges whose purpose is the same, to give young women opportunity to fRadcliffe, we cannot but ask ourselves how it differs from life at other colleges whose purpose is the same, to give young women opportunity to fit themselves for larger and richer spheres of usefulness than they otherwise could fill adequately. To me, Radcliffe life seems to have had as its essential quality, freedom. This freedom is given in both work and play. The wealth of material nts through four years of college life are best able to judge. Since, at the present time, we have no dormitories at Radcliffe, the distinctively college life of the Radcliffe students centres around old Fay House, rich for many with associations of ourselves. And the topic we were discussing was, --whether or no crinolines would be worn the coming season! At Radcliffe, though many are sceptical in regard to our social life, even now, we are-able to do everything together save eating an
Dean Briggs (search for this): chapter 21
the English Club, the History Club, the Glee Club, the Music Club, the Classical Club, the Graduate Club, have their meetings. Had my readers been with me on some Tuesday afternoon last winter they might have found the English Club, whose members care especially for the study of English and have been able to do successful work, gathered in the drawing-room for a pleasant hour. They might have heard one of the members reading a paper on Du Maurier. One spring day they might have found Dean Briggs reading to an eager company from the works of John Donne. Best of all, had they had the good fortune, on a day now gone, to be the guests of the English Club, they might have seen Oliver Wendell Holmes reading Dorothy Q. On Wednesdays our president or our dean, and oft-times some of the associates of Radcliffe, are at home, and groups of students are made most welcome with friendly greeting and home-like fire. On every other Friday comes the Idler, a club which all students are mos
least in the hearts of its faithful members, is the Philosophy Club. The Philosophy Club, varying from the custom of other clubs, meets at the homes of its members and friends, and spends much time in discussing all things knowable and unknowable. Usually discussion is begun by one member addressing the club. We have had, however, the good fortune of addresses from Professor Royce, Dr. Santayana and Mr. Parker. Open meetings, too, the Philosophy Club has held at Fay House. One season Professor Ladd spoke to us and Miss Thompson has given the club and its friends a paper on Fichte. That the Philosophy Club may have a long and prosperous life, that the members may soon solve the problem of the universe, is the wish of all who know its real helpfulness as well as its charm. Besides all these discussions, the out-doors of Cambridge lies, an open book before the students, longing perhaps for fresh air and the presence of a congenial companion. At half past 4 comes a time for wander
he guest appears a crowd of youths and maidens. Tables are spread, music sounds. But all this reveals not at all the scene of many a Friday afternoon when the Idler Club meets and the little stage of the auditorium, with its walls of soft green and pillars of cream white, becomes the stage for a play. And only with vivid imagination, brought into most active service, can our guests picture to themselves the auditorium when Professor Norton, Professor Goodwin, Mrs. Laura Ormiston Chant, Major Brewer of the Salvation Army, or Miss Helena Dudley, of Denison House, the Boston college settlement, have stood before the Radcliffe students and spoken on some subject which interested all. Though Fay House at an Idler tea has proved a pleasant place to many, did I wish to made Fay House dear to a friend. I should lead her blindfold over the wide stairways to the library above, late on some sunny afternoon. I should draw one of the great chairs close to a certain window that looks out to
Charles Eliot Norton (search for this): chapter 21
ne the pleasures which have been in that auditorium. Before the guest appears a crowd of youths and maidens. Tables are spread, music sounds. But all this reveals not at all the scene of many a Friday afternoon when the Idler Club meets and the little stage of the auditorium, with its walls of soft green and pillars of cream white, becomes the stage for a play. And only with vivid imagination, brought into most active service, can our guests picture to themselves the auditorium when Professor Norton, Professor Goodwin, Mrs. Laura Ormiston Chant, Major Brewer of the Salvation Army, or Miss Helena Dudley, of Denison House, the Boston college settlement, have stood before the Radcliffe students and spoken on some subject which interested all. Though Fay House at an Idler tea has proved a pleasant place to many, did I wish to made Fay House dear to a friend. I should lead her blindfold over the wide stairways to the library above, late on some sunny afternoon. I should draw one o
Agnes Irwin (search for this): chapter 21
h memories of most serious and most joyous hours. To men and women of Cambridge our old Fay House is well known. Many a time, bound, perhaps, on social pleasure, accepting the invitation of an Annex maid to an Idler tea, they have entered the wide doorway, walked through the broad hall to the drawing-room, where hangs the portrait of Mrs. Agassiz, our president, and where, I am glad to say, during the past winter, Radcliffe students have been able to find, many hours during the day, Miss Agnes Irwin, our dean. From the drawing-room these guests have doubtless gone through our little conversation room with its magazines and papers, its well worn copies of Life; and from here, where groups of girls may usually be found discussing any topic under the sun, from the latest fashion to the automaton theory, our friends probably passed on to the auditorium. Yet who at an Idler tea can imagine the pleasures which have been in that auditorium. Before the guest appears a crowd of youths
Helena Dudley (search for this): chapter 21
dens. Tables are spread, music sounds. But all this reveals not at all the scene of many a Friday afternoon when the Idler Club meets and the little stage of the auditorium, with its walls of soft green and pillars of cream white, becomes the stage for a play. And only with vivid imagination, brought into most active service, can our guests picture to themselves the auditorium when Professor Norton, Professor Goodwin, Mrs. Laura Ormiston Chant, Major Brewer of the Salvation Army, or Miss Helena Dudley, of Denison House, the Boston college settlement, have stood before the Radcliffe students and spoken on some subject which interested all. Though Fay House at an Idler tea has proved a pleasant place to many, did I wish to made Fay House dear to a friend. I should lead her blindfold over the wide stairways to the library above, late on some sunny afternoon. I should draw one of the great chairs close to a certain window that looks out towards the common. The hour chosen should
Oliver Wendell Holmes (search for this): chapter 21
ey might have found the English Club, whose members care especially for the study of English and have been able to do successful work, gathered in the drawing-room for a pleasant hour. They might have heard one of the members reading a paper on Du Maurier. One spring day they might have found Dean Briggs reading to an eager company from the works of John Donne. Best of all, had they had the good fortune, on a day now gone, to be the guests of the English Club, they might have seen Oliver Wendell Holmes reading Dorothy Q. On Wednesdays our president or our dean, and oft-times some of the associates of Radcliffe, are at home, and groups of students are made most welcome with friendly greeting and home-like fire. On every other Friday comes the Idler, a club which all students are most cordially invited to join. The Idler,--as its well-known name announces, is purely social in its purpose, yet to the Idler, I am sure, Radcliffe owes a certain characteristic of unity which the l
er spheres of usefulness than they otherwise could fill adequately. To me, Radcliffe life seems to have had as its essential quality, freedom. This freedom is githem the qualities that are desirable, those who have watched the progress of Radcliffe students through four years of college life are best able to judge. Since, Agassiz, our president, and where, I am glad to say, during the past winter, Radcliffe students have been able to find, many hours during the day, Miss Agnes Irwin,e lover of restful quiet, I might wish to show her, at once, the contrasts of Radcliffe life, contrasts such as those of a certain February day of ‘93. On that day Wednesdays our president or our dean, and oft-times some of the associates of Radcliffe, are at home, and groups of students are made most welcome with friendly greename announces, is purely social in its purpose, yet to the Idler, I am sure, Radcliffe owes a certain characteristic of unity which the large rival societies of som
Sarah Yerxa (search for this): chapter 21
Student life at Radcliffe. Sarah Yerxa. When we pause, for a moment, as now, to consider life at Radcliffe, we cannot but ask ourselves how it differs from life at other colleges whose purpose is the same, to give young women opportunity to fit themselves for larger and richer spheres of usefulness than they otherwise could fill adequately. To me, Radcliffe life seems to have had as its essential quality, freedom. This freedom is given in both work and play. The wealth of material presented in the Radcliffe catalogue is spread before her and the student may choose what she will. In recreation all that Cambridge and Boston offer is at her disposal, inasmuch as, after her choice of a home approved by college authorities, the absence of the dormitory system leaves the student free to plan her days as she pleases. Whether young women may be given such freedom, whether such freedom develops within them the qualities that are desirable, those who have watched the progress of Ra
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