Feb. 27, 1909 (Saturday)
WESLEYAN TRUSTEES BOLDLY DECIDE TO END COEDUCATION AT THE SCHOOL, BUT THEY CAN'T FACE THE THORNY ISSUE OF HOLDING DANCES IN THE GYMNASIUM: Today's Globe indicates that Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., has decided that coeducation must be abandoned at the school. Thirty of the school's 50 trustees voted on the measure yesterday in New York City. The females who will enter in the fall of 1909 will be the last ones, if this decision remains in force.
It's not totally clear in the article, but it appears that the male students have pushed for this decision. Here's the relevant sentence:
The action was taken after a prolonged discussion, and is the result of the long-continued opposition of the male undergraduates of the institution.
The trustees were also to discuss another matter: "the question of dancing in the gymnasium." They weren't up to the task, so they tabled it. It's presented in the Globe as a "subject on which the undergraduates are anxious," but it doesn't say what the issue is and which side the undergraduates favor. Well, they DID make a decision about the dancing. They decided to refer the matter to a special committee.
The school will greet a new president in the fall, William Shankin.
Don't know what happened with the dancin-in-the-gym issue, but the plan to end oeducation did not last.
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