goes way back
letter from Isadore Richlin ("Letters," June/01) called my attention
to the question of the beginning of Orientation Week. Mr. Richlin
notes that he experienced it in 1932. Orientation Week and indeed
the white booklet detailing the schedule of the week go back to
at least 1922 or 1923. Someplace in my papers, I have a copy of
the booklet from that year. It differs only in the programmatic
details, not the format or appearance, from the booklet that I
edited annually as Dean of Freshmen in the 1960s and that was
still in use when I left the University in 1975.
the College of the late 1940s and early 1950s when great emphasis
was placed on "early entrance," "first-year student" referred
to a student who entered after only two years of secondary school,
"second-year student" referred to one entering after three years
of secondary school, and "third-year student" referred to a secondary
school graduate. Classes entering in 1951 and 1952 consisted of
about 40 percent early entrants, but class size was rapidly declining.
In 1953-54 the baccalaureate degree was relocated to the four-year,
post-secondary pattern; the "Hutchins A.B." was eliminated; and
early entrance was de-emphasized. In the years immediately following,
in the lingo of the epigoni, "first-year student" was employed
to avoid the use of "freshman."
title was created in the mid-1960s as part of an effort to recreate
"classes" both to improve the sense of community within the College
and to suit the convenience of the fundraisers. When I resigned,
then Dean of Students in the College Lorna Straus abolished the
title in recognition of common Chicago usage and the fact that
"classes" were emerging without the standard names.
Vice Jr., AM'54