Archive for Tuesday, March 12, 2013

100 years ago: KU students banned from ‘subscription dances’

March 12, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 12, 1913:

  • "The subscription dance which has been annoying the faculty of the University of Kansas for some time was dealt a blow yesterday afternoon from which it may be unable to recover. Perhaps it will be fatal. Yesterday afternoon at a meeting of the University council it was voted that in the future University students must not attend these subscription parties unless permission has been granted by the council of the school. Their action came as rather a surprise although it was suspected that the faculty members had designs upon the subscription party and were about to strike....... This is one of the most drastic steps taken by the University faculty for some time. It is far reaching and will affect a large number of the University students. One or more of these subscription dances have been held practically every Friday and Saturday night this winter and they have almost all been very well attended by University girls and boys.... Recently there has been considerable complaint heard regarding the risque nature of some of the dances at these parties. This complaint has reached the ears of the faculty and the action of yesterday followed."
  • "The Social Service League this morning was given the care of two small children and is in need of a couple of beds for them. The little folks are now at the Social Service Hall where they will be taken care of until permanent homes can be found for them. Anyone having a child's bed that is not needed call either Rev. E. E. Stauffer or Mrs. S. T. Gillispie. The two children are two and four years old. They were given to the Social Service League this morning by Judge Lindley of the Juvenile Court. The little tots are said to have been deserted by their parents."


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