Remembering the co-ed experiment

By on March 1, 2021

first_imgSuzanna Bobadilla had always been a little curious about the trappings of her Pforzheimer House residence. Her sophomore year in Comstock Hall, she noticed small latches on each door frame that would prop a door open by a few inches. And then there were the floor-length, three-pane mirrors, like those at a department store, located at the end of the hall on every floor.As it turned out, the architectural oddities had a common thread: They were included with women in mind. In the early years of the House’s existence, its residents — female Radcliffe students — were asked to keep their doors ajar when entertaining gentlemen guests, and could use the mirrors to check themselves on their way out the door.“There’s this weird history of Pfoho that’s very gendered, that hadn’t been formally documented or written down,” Bobadilla said. So she and her classmate, Matt Chuchul, co-chair of Pfoho’s House committee, decided to do just that.A group of Radcliffe students  socialize in a common room in Moors Hall circa 1950. Photo by Ronald E. Stroud, courtesy of Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe InstituteTheir resulting search through University archives and the hidden corners of Pfoho turned up important pieces of House history — and shed light on the controversial turning point 40 years ago when Pforzheimer and the all-male Winthrop House undertook Harvard’s first “great co-educational experiment.” By swapping 50 men and 50 women for the 1969-70 school year, the Houses marked the beginning of a revolutionary (for Harvard) change in campus life.Bobadilla and Chuchul, both junior history and literature concentrators, spent three weeks in the Schlesinger Archives reading over aging files and looking at old photographs. With the help of the Harvard College Women’s Center, where Bobadilla is an intern, and officials at Pforzheimer House, they organized “The Residential Revolution: The History of Gender and Pfoho Student Life,” an exhibit and celebration of House history held in Holmes Hall on Feb. 15.The evening event included artifacts, photographs, and personal testimonies from several Pfoho alumni, who mingled with current students and staff. Perhaps the highlight of the event was the collection of documents on display, which outlined House procedures from the all-women era.“Men are not to be in the halls upstairs unescorted by a Moors girl,” one warned sternly, referring to one of the House dormitories. “They should neither linger in the halls, nor on the phone, nor talking, nor in the smokers.”Much of the North House (as Pfoho was then called) arcana came not from Harvard archives, but from a stroke of good luck. Chuchul stumbled across an old filing cabinet in one of Pfoho’s musty basement boiler rooms; when he and Bobadilla opened it, they found decades’ worth of House records. They plan to donate the trove to the Schlesinger Library and hang some photographs from the era in Pfoho common rooms.“It’s really a forgotten history,” Chuchul said. “We wanted to get people talking with one another and thinking about it again.”That history still remains alive and well among the women of North House, some of whom attended the celebration. Meryl Stowbridge ’71, who lived in Moors Hall before integration, recalled being “on bells,” a mandatory chore that required taking phone calls at the front desk and taking messages for any girls who were out.While the customs from her North House days seem quaint now, the sense of community it engendered among Cliffies was real, she said. “Any time a minority gets its rights and integrates, there’s always a little bit of regret at losing that solidarity.”The move toward co-ed living seemed long overdue by the time Winthrop and North Houses (along with Adams and Lowell and Radcliffe’s East and South Houses) agreed to swap residents, alumnae said. But the social particulars still had to be negotiated.“We were something like 50 women to 300 men,” said Helen Snively ’71, who moved from North to Winthrop during her junior year. “We were kind of curiosities. … Winthrop was all these jocks, and I didn’t know what to say about baseball.” But by the end of that year, she said, “I’d finally found a place to belong — my social home.”Harvard’s 375th anniversary has proven to be an opportune time to reflect on the history of the female experience on campus. The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is putting together a retrospective lecture on women’s history at Harvard for April. The Office of Faculty Development & Diversity, in its 2011 annual report, produced the first comprehensive timeline of female faculty appointments at Harvard, identifying the first five tenured women at each School.“It’s important to highlight people who are not just white males who have done amazing things here at Harvard,” said Gina Helfrich, director of the Women’s Center, who helped to organize the Pfoho exhibit. “Looking at how much the diversity of the undergraduate population has changed from the early years, and even from the mid-20th century, is a great way to highlight the progress we’ve made.”Of course, the great co-educational experiment — and the resulting increase in Harvard’s female student ranks — affected Harvard men, too.“It allowed men and women to hang out and become friends, not to just be dating objects for one another,” Bobadilla said. Without Pfoho student life to bring them together over late-night study sessions or dining hall breakfasts, Bobadilla and Chuchul might not have become such close friends. And Pfoho might never have recovered its lost bit of House history.“That’s true,” Chuchul said with a laugh.last_img read more

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Par excellence

By on October 20, 2020

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A complete betting guide to college football’s New Year’s Six bowl games in 2019-20

By on August 14, 2020

first_imgCollege football’s 2019-20 bowl season will start in the Bahamas on Dec. 20 with Buffalo taking on Charlotte in the Bahamas Bowl, but the games everyone is most excited for are the New Year’s Six bowls. The pairings for these games were determined during the College Football Playoff selection show, and there are betting lines available now.Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider Peach Bowl: LSU (-13) vs. Oklahoma, O/U 75.5The Tigers are massive favorites over the Sooners in the Peach Bowl on Saturday, December 28. LSU is having its best season in over 60 years, and Joe Burrow is set to become the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner since Billy Cannon won the award in 1959. Burrow is a -30000 favorite to win the award this Saturday, making him the loftiest favorite we have seen since Troy Smith won the 2006 Heisman Trophy. LSU was initially -10 by the opening college football betting odds, but an influx of money on the Tigers led to this line taking off. Oklahoma has not looked sharp since its loss to Kansas State in Manhattan, beating Iowa State by a point, Baylor by three points, and TCU by four points before finally winning comfortably in Bedlam. The Sooners needed to outlast Baylor in overtime in the Big 12 Championship Game to get here too, and they would not have been chosen by the Selection Committee if Utah beat Oregon in the Pac 12 Championship Game on Friday night.Fiesta Bowl: Clemson (-2) vs. Ohio State, O/U 63.5Dabo Swinney might think that the defending national champions are being disrespected, but the oddsmakers believe in Clemson. The Tigers are the No. 3 seed, but they are slight favorites over No. 2 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, December 28. Clemson has pasted each team it has played over the last two months. All the Tigers’ wins have come by at least 31 points, and they hammered Virginia 62-17 in the ACC Championship Game last week. Meanwhile, Ohio State had a tough time getting past Wisconsin, needing to rally from a 21-7 halftime deficit to keep its undefeated season alive. MORE: Picks for all 40 bowl games in 2019-20Cotton Bowl: Penn State (-7) vs. Memphis, O/U 60.5Special teams could play a major role in the Cotton Bowl, as Penn State and Memphis have two of the best special teams’ units in the country. Memphis has returned 10 kickoffs for touchdowns since the start of 2018, and the Tigers have the third best special teams in the country by SP+. Penn State is one of the nation’s best at preventing returns, allowing just 262 total return yards all season, and the Nittany Lions are conceding a scant 1.8 yards per punt return. The Nittany Lions will be using a new offensive coordinator for this game though as Ricky Rahne has become the new head coach at Old Dominion. Rahne had been the OC in Happy Valley since Joe Moorhead left to take the Mississippi State head coaching job two years, and that could create some hiccups on an offense that could be without star receiver K.J. Hamler too if he declares early for the NFL Draft.Orange Bowl: Florida (-13.5) vs. Virginia, O/U 55Virginia is making its first trip to the Orange Bowl after its best season in over 20 years. However, the Wahoos are one of the biggest underdogs of bowl season. Bryce Perkins did it all in leading the Cavaliers to their first ACC Coastal title in program history, but the oddsmakers believe that Florida’s defense will shut him down and hamstring this offense.Perkins was responsible for over 78 percent of UVA’s offense this season. The Gators have one of the best defenses in the country, though, ranking seventh in SP+. That could lead to a long day for Virginia as SP+ rates the Cavaliers as the 45th best team in the country, behind 6-6 teams like Michigan State and Tulane. MORE: Ranking all 40 bowl games of 2019-20 seasonRose Bowl: Wisconsin (-2.5) vs. Oregon, O/U 51If this year’s Rose Bowl is anything like the 2012 Rose Bowl between Oregon and Wisconsin, we’re all in for a treat. In that year’s edition of “The Granddaddy of Them All”, Oregon and Wisconsin combined for 1,129 yards and set a then-Rose Bowl record with 83 combined points. This year’s version is likely to see considerably less scoring according to the betting lines though.  Both Oregon and Wisconsin like to run the ball and trust their defenses to make big plays. The Ducks ran all over what had been the best run defense in the country last week in the Pac 12 Championship Game, and the Badgers have been one of the best running teams for the last two decades. That will put the onus on both teams to stop the run in Pasadena. Sugar Bowl: Georgia (-7.5) vs. Baylor, O/U 42.5UGA is hoping that Baylor decides not to bring either of its live bear mascots to the Sugar Bowl after nearly being impaled by Bevo last year.  That ominous event foreshadowed what was to come as Texas stunned Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, beating the Bulldogs 28-21 as a two-touchdown underdog.Baylor isn’t nearly as much of an underdog, as Matt Rhule has the Bears playing the best defense in the Big 12. That nearly led to Baylor beating Oklahoma twice, but the Bears fell short both times and have to settle for an NY6 game rather than a spot in the College football Playoff.last_img read more

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GPF remembers 64 fallen heroes

By on January 12, 2020

first_imgSixty-four fallen heroes of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) were on Sunday morning honoured and remembered for their contributions as the Force observed its annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in the compound of the Police Officers’ Mess Hall, Eve Leary.The event saw the Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, Commissioner of Police, Leslie James along with his Deputy Commanders and other high-ranking officials of the Force with widows, children, relatives and friends of the fallen heroes laying wreaths at the feet of the Monument to Fallen Heroes.As a mark of respect, a 21-gun salute was executed and the Police Military Band sounded the Last Post and the Reveille following which a moment of silence was observed.In his remarks, Commissioner James pointed to the dangers faced by ranks of the Police Force on a daily basis and thanked the ranks who charge their obligation.“Fleeing is not an option for police officers in the line of duty since they are mandated to serve and protect the citizens of the country. Ranks are duty-bound to confront violators of the laws and this confrontation in which triggers the fight or flight response…During some of these attacks, some ranks are killed in the line of duty making them our heroes…I thank all ranks for making that sacrifice daily and pray that the great almighty continues to allow us to move our great country forward” James briefly stated.Chairman of the Guyana Police Force Fallen Heroes Foundation, Rev Raphael Massiah in his remarks thanked the serving members of the Force for their monthly contribution to the Fallen Heroes Fund.This Fund contributes to the children of the deceased for their education and welfare. He said he will honour this charge and his obligations to the families of the fallen heroes.During the ceremony, words of comfort were offered to the relatives and friends of the ranks killed in the line of duty by the Police Force Chaplain, Pastor Patrick Doolichand.Also attending the ceremony were Heads of the Disciplined Services, Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Paul Slowe DSM, Former Police Commissioner, Floyd McDonald and other retired senior officers of the Guyana Police Force.last_img read more

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