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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 8, 1986 -'Page 5
S. Quad continues 'U' transition to coed housing

(Continued from Page 1)
few corridors which temporarily
housed women, were exclusively
male halls. University women
were routinely confined to the hill
dorms: Couzens, Alice Lloyd,
Mosher-Jordan, Stockwell, and
Markley.
During that period, tight
restrictions governed the lives of
female students. Not only were
they required to live in
University housing all four
undergraduate years, but strictly
enforced curfews kept them in the.
halls at night
VIOLATIONS, or "late
minutes", earned women even
-'earlier curfews. A woman who
' was five minutes late one night
' rhight be told by resident staff to be
in an hour earlier the next night,
said Edward Salowitz, director of
' research and development in the
' University's Housing Division.
"I earned 17 late minutes,"
,ecalled alumna Antieau, who,
on every weeknight of her
sophomore year, had to return to
Alice Lloyd by 10 p.m. "On
weekends, it was 12, and on
special nights like proms," she
' said, "we could stay out 'til 1."
Men, conversely, were not
.,bound by similar regulations.
R . SALOWITZ in a paper on the
history of the University's student
services, wrote that the double
standard was "represented
humorously as The University of
,Michigan for men and a
Seminary, most perjoratively, for
women."
Salowitz attributes this
protective policy to the dean of
women's office, specifically to
Dean Deborah Bacon. "She felt
that if you controlled women in a
remote location," Salowitz said,
"you would control the men."
Bacon also tried to control
dating, according to Salowitz.
"When a woman dated a man of a
different nationality or race, she

would tell the parents."
TOM HAYDEN,1961 editor in
chief of The Michigan Daily,
documented Bacon's actions, and
threatened to print his findings.
Prof. Charles Lehman, then-
chairman of the Student
Relations Committee of the
Faculty Senate, convinced
Hayden to turn his material over
to the committee instead.
Lehman's group filed a
preliminary report on several
problems related to the dean of
women's office in the spring of
1961. The report led to the
formation of the Special Study
Committee for the Office of
Student Affairs, which judged the
University's policy on
supervising students as overly
possessive and paternalistic.
THE STUDY committee then
suggested a new philosophy for
student affairs. The University
"must encourage (the student's)
growing independence, meet his
needs with trust in his utimate
reasonableness,, permit him
mistakes, and guide and counsel
him without coercion," the
group's report said.
Just before the report was
completed, Deborah Bacon
resigned.
University President Harlan
Hatcher endorsed the new
philosophy, and started to
implement the committee's ideas.
He dissolved the offices of the
Dean of Men and the Dean of
Women. Male and female
housing, which had formerly
been administrated separately by
the respective deans, was
assigned to a single director of
residence halls in 1963.
IN TILE FALL of 1963, the new
philosophy culminated in the
University's first coeducational
housing experiment. Half of
South Quad's 1,200 men moved to
Markley Hall, and 600 Markley
women took their places in the

Quad.
Later in the 1960s, other dorms
followed the successful example.
The University charted the
number of students requesting
coed arrangements and adapted
dorms accordingly.
THE FIRST mixed-corridor
experiment occurred in the 1969-
70 academic year, at the request of
30 students in Mosher-Jordan.
The Board of Regents required
written permission from parents,
which was obtained from all but
one student. This venture also
proved successful.
"We got a letter from one
father," remembered Trudy
Huebner, a regent from 1967 to
1975.
"His daughter (who was part of
the coed experiment) had had a
terrible gallbladder attack one
night, and he thought it was
wonderful that a couple of the guys
rushed her to the hospital, and
some others took care of her
books," she said. "He wrote that
they were all one big family."
"SOME PARENTS thought that
if we put men and women on the
same floor, there would be a lot of
sex," Huebner recalled. "And
there probably was some, as
always, but we also changed a lot
of attitudes."
Antieau agrees that some
preconceptions about coed living
are unfounded. "Some people
approach me with the idea that
having men and women in the
same hall is going to stir up a lot
of lust," she said.
"But I say to them, 'How is
seeing somebody with bed-hair in
the morning on the way to brush
their teeth going to stir up lust?"'
ANTIEAU BELIEVES this

integration will help students
form realistic ideas about
members of the opposite sex.
"This way, people really talk to
each other. It's a lot better than
living with Hollywood
stereotypes."
In previous years, resident
staff at South Quad noticed "a
certain amount of artificiality"
in relationships between men and
women, according to Antieau.
Some women felt uncomfortable
when walking down male halls
or entering lounges in all-male
houses.
"My staff said that a small
number of the men saw women as
meat-market objects, not as
people," Antieau said. "Some of
the women saw guys as

'catches.''
Antieau and her staff have
tried, in the last few years, to
change those ideas by
encouraging coed intramural
sports and placing opposite sex
Resident Advisors and. Resident
Directors in single sex halls and
houses.
WHEN THESE efforts
succeeded, the building director
went ahead with the plans for
integration.
This year, Bush and Hunt
Houses of South Quad have their
first male floors since the switch
of 1963. Kelsey, Taylor, and
Gomberg, traditionally all-male
houses, each have some all-
female halls. Frederick House
has had coed halls for transfer

students for several years.
The most drastic changes
came in Huber and Thronson, the
houses on the seventh and eighth
floors. Each had been single-sex,
but now house men and women in
alternate rooms on the same
corridor.
'm not"worried," said Dane
Spearing, an LSA junior and
Resident Advisor in Thronson.
"I mean, your roommate is still
the same sex."
Antieau is hopeful. "Studies
suggest, and I believe it, that the
closer the proximity of men and
women in residence halls, the
greater their understanding of
each other as human beings."

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