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Insight Into the Past Exhibit

College Life

College life looked a lot different for students one hundred years ago. Most prominently, they lived on a strict schedule dictated by the ringing of the bell in Anderson tower. Each of the activities listed on the bell schedule required attendance for all students (e.g. all students would eat, study, and sleep at the same times). As one might expect of an early twentieth century Christian college, the rules for men and women varied.  Expectations from both the Presbyterian church and societal norms largely influenced the conduct regulations placed on students. While you might see a student today attending class in their pajamas, students in 1923 were expected to wear their Sunday best. This meant a suit and tie for the men and modest dresses for the women. Can you imagine waking up for an eight AM class and having to put on heels and a girdle?