2018 Spring LC Magazine

L Y C O M I N G S Y M B O L S L Y C O M I N G ’ S R I C H I C O N S F R O M T H E P A S T WHITE GLOVES Times have changed a lot since I arrived on campus in the fall of 1962. We were informed that women must wear stockings and dresses or skirts for dinner in the dining room. Even in heavy snow, we would wear them with boots. The men were required to wear a coat and tie at every dinner. I was told that the men often only ironed the portion of their shirts that showed outside the front of the blazer. At all semi-formal occasions, women were expected to wear white gloves, and, of course, the men were to wear coats and ties. This may be hard to believe, but during my freshman year, I learned that we were not allowed to do laundry on Sundays. I had always been told that “cleanliness is next to Godliness,” so shouldn’t we all have been doing our laundry on Sundays? That rule was changed the following year. Even harder to believe was something one of the physical education teachers told us. In the ’20s and ’30s, women at Lycoming were not allowed to wear patent leather shoes, as they might reflect the wearer’s delicate undergarments. Many of the girls in my dorm would iron the collars only of the oxford cloth shirts which we wore under our crewneck sweaters. Often, we would wear a circle pin at the collar, and now circle pins are considered a vintage item. One can only wonder what will be the campus trend fifty years from now! ◆ Bonnie Byers ’66 3 www.lycoming.edu