Student's handbook Simmons College 1930-1931
Handbook for new Simmons College students for the 1930-1931 school year. Introductory material and calendar are followed by these chapters: On Arriving, History, Traditions, Student Government, Rules, Activities, Faculty Advisors, College Songs You Will Want to Know, Officers, The Last Word, and Where To Go for What You Want in Boston (advertisements).
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The Class of 1932
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The Class of 1932
A Word of Greeting
College life is a great and interesting adventure.
It has its problems and perplexities,
but they are all certain to be solved, and the
process of solving them is what makes the
experience most satisfying. To be associated
all at once with such a large congregation
of strange girls might be appalling, if it
were not that they are eager to know you and
are glad you have come. They are all potential
friends, and friendships are the
richest treasures of life. Their eager hands
are ready to help you in every possible way.
To. the Faculty and the other officers of the
College the new class is most welcome, and
their desire is to secure your welfare and to
assist in your progress. In their name, I
extend a most cordial greeting.
To the Class of 1934:
The Dean of your College should be one of the
first to wish you success at the beginning of this
new experience. There will be many things in
your first year of College which will surprise and
puzzle you, and even perhaps disappoint you;
but there will, let us hope, be even more things
that you will find delightful and interesting. I
wish to assure you of a welcome always in my
Office, and I am looking forward to knowing you
personally at the earliest opportunity. May
Simmons College be everything to you that you
JANE LOUISE MESICK,
As your sisters, we the class of 1932 extend to
you a hearty welcome to college with the hope
that your years at Simmons will afford you unlimited
happiness and success.
Coming to college is a great step ahead in every
girl's life and for that reason we want to be your
pals as well as your sisters by helping to make
that step as pleasant and as interesting as
We want you to know that your Junior Sisters
are anxious to do anything to help make your
years at Simmons the richest years of your life.
Very sincerely yours,
Chairman of Junior Welcome Committee.
The meetings of the Corporation are held on the
second Monday of October, January and April,
and on the Friday before Commencement Day.
Sept. 15-17 . . Entrance Examinations
Sept. 16, 17 . . Make-up Examinations
Sept. 17-20 . . . . Registration
Sept. 22 . . Opening of the College Year
Oct. 13 . . Columbus Day, a holiday
Oct. 29 . . Founder's Day Convocation
Nov. 11 . . Armistice Day, a holiday
Nov. 26 . . College closes at 12.12 p.m.
Dec. 1 . . . College opens at 8.45 a. m.
Dec. 19 . . . . End of the first term
Jan. 5 . . Opening of the second term
Feb. 22 . . Washington's Birthday, a holiday
Mar. 20 . . . End of the second term
Mar. 30. .. Opening of the third term
Apr. 20. . . . Patriots' Day, a holiday
May 30. . . .. Memorial Day, a holiday
June 12. . .. End of the third term
June 15. . . . . Commencement Day
June 15-20 College Entrance Board Examinations
July 6-Aug. 14 . . The Summer Session
To arrive at Simmons is not as hard as it
sounds. With your Freshman Handbook tucked
under your arm, and your Junior sister there at
the station to meet you, why worry?
Should an accident occur, it is best to be prepared.
Take out your Handbook and this will
give you all the necessary information. Take a
car for Park Street right there at the station. If
coming from the South Station get off at the
second stop: "Park Street Under", and come upstairs
to Park Street Station. If coming from the
North Station get off at the third stop at Park
Street Station. Here take either a "Cypress St.
Huntington" or "Chestnut Hill" car. There is a
sign in the center of the station which signifies
where the car will stop. It takes about thirty
minutes from Park Street to the dormitories, so
prepare to get your first impression of Boston.
You will catch a glimpse of Trinity Church, the
Copley-Plaza Hotel, the Boston Public Library,
and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
When the conductor calls "Cypress"-get off.
You will see four corners, but follow the one
without any car tracks, cross over a railroad
bridge, and one block more to the six old-fashioned
houses where all Freshmen spend their first
year at Simmons.
If you prefer to go to the college to register
first, take any "Huntington Avenue" car, but
get off at Ruggles Street and continue straight
ahead the way you are facing when you get off
the car. Simmons is just two blocks beyond a
big brick building with a green roof and in large
letters across the front is written SIMMONS
COLLEGE so no mistakes are necessary.
If you would feel safer in a taxi there are plenty
of available ones at any station at a reasonable
price. From South Station the fare is about
$1.50 and from North Station about $2.00.
Just remember these four things more:
1. Allow at least an hour to register.
2. Hold on to your identification card.
3. Be wise and get a locker key early from the
Bursar's office on the second floor as lockers are
4. Send your bed linen early as September
nights in Boston are apt to be chilly.
When you hear "trips" mentioned shortly after
you come to college, this is what it will mean:
the Orientation Committee has planned delightful
trips which will enable you to see places famed
in tale and poem, the House of Paul Revere; the
Old Concord Bridge and the Minute Man; the
House of Seven Gables made famous by Hawthorne;
Longfellow's Wayside Inn, now owned by
These trips offer you an opportunity to see the
interesting and beautiful things which are unique
to Boston. Because they seem so accessible,
visiting them is often postponed, and some students
have left college without having benefited
by these experiences which Simmons affords because
it is situated in Boston.
1'hese trips also afford you a social opportunity
for you will meet classmates and upper class men,
and social opportunities are rare after classes
When the lists are posted, sign for the one
which appeals most to you, and save Saturday
afternoon, September 20 for it. Make the acquaintance
of these places now, so that by the
time you leave college they will be old friends!
Simmons College was founded by John Simmons
who was born in Little Compton, R. 1., in
1796, and died at Newport, R. 1., in 1870. In
1812 he came to Boston and for a few years associated
with his brother in the business of making
and selling clothes. Later he established his own
shop, and in 1855 retired from business. Under
the provisions of his will, the funds for the establishment
of the college were not available until
1899, when the college was incorporated.
The first students were received in 1902. The
building and houses used as a dormitory and for
classrooms were on St. Botolph Street, while the
offices were at 30 Huntington Avenue. In 1903,
the offices, classrooms, and laboratories were
established in the building at 739 Boylston Street.
The main college building was first used in 1904;
in 1909 the west wing of the college building was
completed; and the east wing which has been in
use since the fall of 1929. In 1905 South Hall
and the Refectory were completed on what is now
called Campus. This includes two large halls, the
Refectory, and several smaller houses for the
accommodation of the Juniors and Seniors. There
are six Sophomore dormitories situated in Brookline
about one mile from the college. The
Freshman dormitories, also in Brookline, are
conveniently situated near a car line, about two
miles from the main building.
At the opening of the college, instruction was
offered in the Schools of Household Economics,
Secretarial Studies, Social Service, Library
Science, and General Science. The Prince School
of Store Service was opened in 1915, the School of
Public Health Nursing in 1918, and the Lowthorpe
School of Landscape Architecture in 1928.
This, of course, is only the bare outline of the
story of our College. Its true history is in the
traditions which have grown up within it, and in
the ideals which those who have gone out from
Simmons have carried with them.
The New Wing
You are the second lucky class to occupy the
New Wing for four successive years. This addition
to Simmons has been used just one year.
In the basen1ent at the front there is a Bookstore
at which you will purchase your books and
supplies for the year. Above this much patron-
ized store is a students' lounge which is used
purely for social purposes. Here you may play
bridge and talk to your friends any time during
the day. Social gatherings are held here, and the
food for these is prepared in a special kitchen
just across the hall. Numerous smaller rooms
occupied by Editorial Staffs and all College Organizations
are also on this floor, and last but not
least there is a large study hall extending across
the entire back end.
On the second floor there are offices for many
of the Teaching Staff and for Administration.
The best is always last, and in this case the third
floor gives us the best by being occupied by a large
Lecture Room which is adequate for Assembly
and many College functions.
A College without traditions is inconceivable.
Although Simmons is very young, already we
have our share; dignified, beautiful ones such as
Convocation, and gay hilarious ones such as
Freshman Frolic. We want you to feel, 1934,
that you really know our traditions before you
even get here, and then we want, too, to have you
planning on these events and looking forward to
them, month by month; for anticipation you
know is half the joy.
Here then are the pleasures in store for you—
The very first thing you'll want to
attend is the Student Government Party, at
which you will have an opportunity to meet all
of the Who's Who among the Faculty and Student
Government Council. Then, too, you will
meet dozens and dozens of the less well-known
but no less important members of the student
body, and they will each write their name or
nickname upon the nice white bib around your
neck. Keep that bib, Freshman please, for if you
will learn the names and to whom they belong, it
will help you so much to gain friendships in all
One of the most beautiful traditions of the
College is step-singing, associated with the Fall
and Spring. Once a week, just at sunset, we
gather round the Seniors who hold the place of
honor on the steps of the Colonnade to sing college
songs. This weekly event will awake in you
perhaps the first bit of Simmons' love and college
Of course you all have been to a circus.
Last October at the Dormitory Government
Party everyone was requested to appear dressed
as something characteristic of a circus. Each year
this party takes a different form. We can't tell
you what kind of costume party it will be this
year, but never mind, for half the fun's in scraping
up a costume at the last minute. You'll have
another opportunity here to make new friendships
and strengthen those you made at Student
About the middle of the month you will see
posters everywhere concerning Mic Show and of
course you'll want to go, for it is not only played
by our own talent, but written and directed by
the girls as well.
On the last Wednesday of this month Convocation
exercises are held at Harvard church. At
this time, you will not only have an opportunity
to see our Faculty in all their impressive robes,
and the Senior Class in their new black gowns,
but you will also have the privilege of hearing
President Lefavour tell about the dream of
John Simnons to found a school for girls which
would aid them to take their place in the world,
independent, as well as cultured young women.
November means Freshman-Junior
Wedding. Your President, as the sweet-blushing
Bride will be led to the altar by the strong and
handsome Mr. Junior President, to be united
"until graduation do us part". And you will be
escorted by your own Junior, attired in a borrowed
Tux and a hastily manufactured mustache.
And Christmas Oh, yes, and Exams,
but please don't worry so about them that
you can't enjoy the Christmas parties. If you
have a pet "peeve" or joy, keep it secret or your
present from Woolworth's may embarrass you.
The most impressive and dignified of the parties
is the Old English Dinner, for members of
Student Government Council. Attired in Medieval
costumes, they gather round the festal board
as at a Christmas dinner in England long ago.
There are jesters, and carol-singers, and a flaming
boar's head. And then when the dinner is served
the dignity is somewhat forgotten in the difficult
feat of eating with a knife, for that is the only
piece of silver provided.
It is hard to come back after the
excitement of the Christmas holidays, but when
you are planning on the big formal dance of the
year, given at the Copley-Plaza by the Boston
Simmons Club, it doesn't seem so difficult. Then
January is the month in which the Jaffrey House
Party is held too. If you want to see a bit of real
New England winter, packed with sport of every
kind, you'll want to count on this.
Sophomore Luncheon is the crowning
event of your second year, but you may have
an opportunity to enjoy it Freshman year as well,
if you are chosen as waitress. You'll enjoy seeing
the Sophomores assume the dignity of College
rings, and when they sing to you, you'll feel more
than repaid for all the difficulty of serving.
Here we have Exams again, but somehow
they never seem so terrifying as the first
ones. You know that just ahead is Spring Vacation
so you scarcely mind them at all.
As soon as Mother Nature provides
warm enough evenings, step-singing begins again.
By now you will have learned the songs and will
enjoy this gathering more than ever.
Spring brings with it a crowded round
of activities Freshman May Day first. Don't
be discouraged because you must rise in the wee
small hours to hang May baskets on your Junior's
door, for a May morning at 6.00 a.m. is very
lovely. In the middle of the month the Sophomores
have their May fete in honor of the Seniors
where the President of the Senior class is crowned
Queen of the May and there are May dances,
serenades, and a strawberry shortcake breakfast.
The Freshmen and Sophomores each give picnics
during the month for their respective sister
class, and a rollicking good time is always reported
Track Day provides an opportunity for you to
show your skill in racing, archery, riding or any
other type of athletics and if you are not so inclined,
perhaps you may win the prize for your
Class, by writing the winning Track Day song,
or getting up the best class costume.
Inspired by Track Day and perhaps by the
feeling of Spring in the air, the men of the Faculty
challenge the women instructors to a baseball
game during this month. After you have seen
your dignified History or Physics professor slide
desperately toward third base amid a tangle of
whirling skirts and cumbersome plumes you will
forget a little of your awe and even forgive him if
he doesn't give you the A you would have liked
Of course Junior Prom is one of the most important
events and helping your House Junior
dress, watching for her man, and hearing all
about it afterward, is nearly as much fun as
Then there is Simmons' Night at Pops, when
the Boston Symphony plays our own songs in a
way you can never forget; Freshman Frolic,
when you drop your recently acquired dignity
and turn back to lolly-pops and teddy-bears;
Senior Prom, dignified and lovely, and then the
final Student Government Party, at which all the
officers elected for the coming year are announced
and The Simmons Sweater is presented to the
finest all-round girl of the Senior Class, by the
The year ends with a whirl of events,
Exams again, and then good-bye. But good-bye
only until next September, for then you will be
back again with even greater enthusiasm and
determination to "do something for Simmons".
A new custom introduced by your sister class
is that of having Faculty Dinners the first Thursday
in every month. At this time various members
of the Faculty are invited to have dinner at
the dormitories. This affords each girl the opportunity
of becoming more personally acquainted
\vith her professors. For these occasions, the
dining rooms are lighted by candles and the soft
glow on the pretty dresses is very lovely. So
bring a not too fancy, sleeveless dress in which
you may dress to partake of these delightful
evenings, and help to establish a tradition for
future classes to observe.
Student Government means that each student
should have a sense of responsibility in regard to
her own conduct in matters concerned with
college life. It directly affects every member of
the student body. Everything that is done in
College is accomplished with the consent of
Student Government which is by far the largest
and most important organization at Simmons.
To sit on Student Council is the highest honor to
which a girl may aspire, for it means that she has
proved herself, in the eyes of her classmates,
capable of being one of the leaders.
Student Government consists of four departments,
the Dormitory Comn1ittee, the Student
Council, the Judicial Board, and the Conference
Committee. The Dormitory Committee, where
you are represented by your house chairman, has
charge of dormitory affairs, but it also suggests to
Student Council any new legislation that it thinks
desirable. It is represented on Student Council
by the Vice-President of Student Government,
who is also Chairman of Dormitory Committee.
Student Council regulates all student affairs,
organizes constructive policies and passes on all
suggestions of Dormitory Committee.
Judicial Board consists of the Chairman of
Judicial Board, four class presidents, two Student
Government representatives and the Presi-
dent and Vice-President of Student Government.
This Board acts on all cases whether academic or
dormitory, and passes its recommendations to
the Conference Committee or to the Faculty
Committee on Discipline.
Conference Committee is a board, membership
of which includes the Dean, three faculty members
and four representatives from the Student
Council. This Committee passes on all legislation
of Student Council and has the power of veto.
Opportunity for each individual to express
opinions, suggestions, and constructive policies
is provided in three ways; first, through the two
class representatives on Student Council; second,
the group meetings; and third, the recently
adopted open meetings. Everybody has the
chance to make known her ideas. Come and take
advantage of it—it takes only a few minutes.
Any progressive college must necessarily go
through periods of experimentation and adjustment.
At the present time, Simmons is endeavoring
to find some code under which we may live,
combining the greatest amount of work and
It is necessary in any large group to have rules
and regulations, but we have planned to rely
upon the good sense of the student, rather than
upon any strict laws. For the past few months
we have tried out this new code and we are hoping
that next year it will prove as successful as it has
been this year.
A great modern writer has said "The success
of democracy depends (1) upon the degree of
responsibility it is possible to arouse in every
man and woman; (2) on the opportunity they
are given to exercise that responsibility". The
Student Government Association of Simmons
College furnishes you all with an "opportunity
to exercise your responsibility" by establishing
and maintaining an Honor System. Almost since
the founding of Simmons the students have had
an Honor System in operation. Any such system
necessarily assumes in general that each student
will consider herself a responsible member of the
community, that she will subordinate personal
interest to the general good and that she will
direct her best effort toward maintaining a high
standard of Honor.
Following is the Honor System which the Simmons
students have adopted:
We, the students of Simmons College, desire to
uphold the honor of the college by refraining
from every form of dishonesty in our academic
work and in our college life, and to do all that is
in our power to create a spirit of honesty and
honor for its own sake.
We consider it dishonest to ask for, give or re-
ceive any help in examinations or quizzes, or use
in them any papers or books in any manner not
authorized by the instructors, or to present oral
or written work that is not entirely our own except
in such ways as may be approved by the
instructor, or, in any phase of college life to act
in a way that is recognized as dishonorable.
Although honor is always the same wherever
it appears, for the sake of convenience we divide
the college into two fields with special provisions
for the administration of the Honor System in
SIMMONS COLLEGE CODE
Until the middle of the second term, Freshmen
1. May go out during the week until 6.00
o'clock in the evening.
2. May stay out until 12.00 o'clock one evening
a month, and this is to be Friday or Saturday.
After the middle of the second term, Freshmen
1. May go out during the week until 6.00
o'clock in the evening until April 19, after which
date they may go out until 7.30 any night.
2. May go out until 10.30 o'clock one night,
and 12.00 o'clock the other night on Friday and
Sophomores are to live under the code for
Freshmen, as it reads for the last half of the year,
until the middle of the second term, after which
1. May stay out until 12.00 o'clock two evenings
of the week.
2. May stay out until 10.30 o'clock one evening
of the week.
3. May stay out until 7.30 o'clock the remainder
of the week.
Juniors may stay out until 12.00 o'clock four
evenings of the week.
Juniors may stay out until 7.30 o'clock the remainder
of the week.
Juniors, after second term, may have Senior
Juniors may take six 1.30 o'clock late permissions
Seniors may stay out until 12.00 o'clock any
evening of the week.
Seniors may take eight 1.30 o'clock late permissions
Students at Simmons must not smoke in the
vicinity of the College buildings, nor are they to
act in an unseemly manner which will affect the
good reputation of the college and of the other
Interpretation The smoking rule includes as the
vicinity of the college; a district of one-quarter
mile radius around any college building. Smoking
shall not be allowed at college dances and banquets
or in motor vehicles within the quarter of a
Dormitory Students at Simmons:
1. May not entertain men in the parlors of the
dormitories after 10.00 o'clock.
2. May not permit their callers to smoke in the
3. May not entertain guests in the dormitories
who do not, during their visit, live up to the rules
as prescribed for the Simmons Dormitory girls.
4. May not leave the dormitories after 6.00
(Freshmen and Sophomores until the middle of
the second term) and 7.30 (Sophomores after the
middle of the second term; Freshmen after April
19; Juniors and Seniors) without the company of
another person, nor without signing the exact destination
and time of return, in the matron's book.
5. May not indulge in such sports as horseback
riding, motoring and canoeing without
written permission from parents to the Dean.
6. May not be absent from the Dormitories
over night withou t having secured general permission
from their parents by communication
directed to the Dean; and for each occasion
specific permission from the Head Matron of
their respective Dormitories.
7. If a student is low scholastically, Dormitory
Committee reserves the right to suggest the withdrawal
of certain of her privileges.
Rule for Planning and Arranging College Functions:
In planning and arranging all college functions,
a date shall first be arranged with Chairman of
Activities who shall then take the matter up with
the Dean. All decisions of the Dean shall be reported
for final consideration to the Dormitory
Committee, if it is a dormitory affair, and to
Student Government Council if it is an all college
affair. A written petition for all meetings and
college functions shall be submitted to the Chairman
of Activities on forms furnished by Student
SIMMONS COLLEGE RULES
I. Quiet Rules:
1. From 7.30 to 9.30 on Sunday, Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings
and from 10.00 p.m. to 6.45 a.m. o'clock on all
evenings there is to be quiet throughout the
2. There shall be quiet throughout the house
from 9.30 to 12.00 a.m.; from 2.00 to 4.30 p.m.
in addition to from 7.30 to 9.30 during the week
3. Reasonable quiet is to be maintained
throughout the dormitories on Sunday.
4. There shall be quiet until 10.00 a.m. on
Saturday and Sunday mornings.
II. Light Rules for Freshmen and Sophomores:
1. All lights are to be out for the night every
night at 10.30 except Friday and Saturday, when
they are to be out at 12.00.
2. Lights burned after 10.30 on all nights but
Friday and Saturday are to be reported as excused
or unexcused to the Proctor of the floor
before 10.30 that night.
3. A girl may have t~hree unexcused light cuts
each term, a fourth being deenied sufficient to
bring her up before Dormitory Committee.
4. Every student is allowed a light for fortyfive
minutes after returning from the theatre, etc.
5. There are no light rules during examination
III. Misdemeanors for Freshmen and Sophomores:
After a girl has two misdemeanors she will be
warned by the Proctor or House Chairman; the
third brings her up before Dormitory Committee.
The following are misdemeanors:
1. Freshmen and Sophomores having lights on
after 10.30 unless reported either as an excused
or unexcused light cut.
2. Being spoken to twice in an evening for
disturbing the quiet from 7.30 to 9.30 or 10.00
p.m. to 6.45 a.m., and if the Proctor does not
keep the girls quiet during the evening the House
Chairman will speak to her and give her a misdemeanor.
3. Being spoken to once in an evening by the
4. Running water in tubs or showers after
5. Walking over a "busy" sign.
Students will be held responsible for all damaged
or missing articles, and for any unusual
defacement of room or furniture. Any accident
should be reported at once to the House Superintendent,
and bills for damage or loss will be
All wall decorations must be hung from the
moulding. Nails or thumb tacks and stickers,
etc., are not allowed.
The use of flat-irons in students' rooms is prohibited.
All electric appliances except curling irons are
prohibited. Each dormitory is provided with a
kitchenette and laundry.
The use of victrolas and radios (except with
ear phones) is prohibited in the dormitories.
An organization in which you will become very
interested during your Junior year is the Academy.
We want you all to know about it now
so that you can keep it in your mind and work for
it during your first two years here. Academy is the
Simmons Honor society and we are very proud of
it. Membership is based on one's record in
academic subjects, since the object of the society
is to foster an interest in those studies which are
not technical or professional. New members are
eligible when they have attained the required
grade, and the first initiation comes early in
Junior year, although one is still very welcome to
join even at the end of her Senior year.
During the school year, Academy aims to hold
several open meetings, to which the entire college
is invited, and at which outside speakers of interest
preside. Other meetings are closed and more
informal and you will grow to look forward to the
cosy chats around the open fireplace in North
Hall living room.
Perhaps you'd like to know just what are the
requirements for membership. Simmons grades
its students on a point basis, giving four points
for an A, three for a B, two for a C, and one for
a D. To be eligible for Academy one must have
an average of 3.05 in all her academic subjects.
Here's to you, '341 Start out with a bang, and
roll up the points, so that you'll have a good
crowd working together in Academy in your
Junior and Senior years.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY
The Christian Science Society of Simmons
College welcomes the members of the Class of
1934, and extends to all a cordial invitation to
attend its meetings which are held every Thursday
at 4.15 p.m. in Students' lounge.
Various informal social events and trips to
nearby places of interest to Scientists help to promote
friendship among the club members. We
hope that many of the Class of 1934 will realize
our aims and will join us in the coming year.
THE DEBATING SOCIETY
Do you believe that "movies" should be censored?
Do you believe that exams should be
abolished? Do you believe that the modern biography
(with its intimate details) is a step too far
in realism? Do you believe in sororities? You do?
You don't? What do you believe? Why?
Come to Simmons prepared to voice your opinions,
to form them, and to learn how to convince
others of them. Debating is an art and a very
pleasurable one. For you that have debated at
High school or Prep school, the Society offers an
opportunity to continue your interest, and for
those who have never debated, the Society offers
an opportunity to become interested in this
splendid "art" which has no equal as a mental
stimulus and wit sharpener. Membership to the
Debating Society is open to all entering students.
During the coming year, the Society plans to discuss
several subjects of particular interest to
Freshmen in adjustment of their relations with
each other, other classes, other colleges, and society
in general. "Discussion is good for the soul",
and you will find a great deal of it at college, ranging
all the way from the very informal "gabfests"
at the dorms to the discussions held at the meetings
of the Debating Society. In addition to the
bi-weekly informal discussions, several formal debates
are held during the year. At meetings which
take the form of frank discussions, your opinion
is welcomed. There are no laws or regulations to
limit the expression of your theories. The subjects
vary widely, and as they are chosen by the
members of the Society themselves, you may be
assured that they are of interest. The formal debate
offers the opportunity of experience in public
speaking and persuasion. The Society is fortunate
in having two of the most popular members
of the faculty as coaches and advisors. It is the
aim of the Society to provide a medium for self
expression of individual opinion and a source of
knowledge of debating. We can't tell you about.
it in terms glowing enough! You will surely want
to belong, and the Society takes this opportunity
to welcome ea h member of the class of '34 as a
member of the Debating Society. So jot a memoranda
of this down with the other things you
want to "get into" after you arrive. And just a
final word (a secret, by the way) the people who
"do things" at college belong to the Debating
Society, so plan to "be in the swim".
The Dramatic Association welcomes you, oh
Freshman! Be ye long or short, stout or skinny,
blonde, brunette or medium, there's a place for
you somewhere in its illustrious ranks. For we
need not only excruciatingly beautiful heroines,
breath-taking heroes and villains, but darling
young brothers, benevolent old aunts, cranky
grandmothers, ponderous old dowagers, creak-jointed
or graceful gentlemen of all kinds and
types. Don’t wait until Senior year to discover
your propensities 'behind the footlights. Begin as
a freshman to know the thrill of being a "mummer"
the much coveted and glorified position of
all who take an active part in the association also
the thrill of dramatics banquets in North
Hall Basement, in the wee small hours after a play.
And if you do not care for acting, perhaps you
have an affinity for overalls, a hammer or two,
precarious positions on ladders and much dirt.
If so, you will find a place waiting for you back
stage where you may build, tear down, paint, and
be happy. Then there is costuming and properties
to be attended to. So you see, dear freshmen,
dramatics offers a wealth of opportunities for you
to express yourselves and for you to even discover
innate abilities of which you were unaware.
ELLEN RICHARDS CLUB
If you are among the select few who have
elected the General Science course, you will look
forward to joining the Ellen Richards Club. For
two years you will hear little about it except
mysterious rumors. Unlike most other organizations,
this club does not invite freshmen to join
When you have reached the end of your
sophomore year, however, and have thereby
proved your mettle, you will be invited to the
birthday party which is held annually in honor
of Mrs. Richards. Soon after you come back,
Juniors, you will be warned to appear at an initiation
grim and horrible, surviving which you are
at last a member of the Club. Many times thereafter
at laboratory teas, technical picnics and the
like, you will give thanks for those wise ones
before us, who, sensing the real hard work of
being scientific, provided this means of relaxation
GIRL SCOUT CLUB
As you Freshmen-to-be turn the pages of this
little book, you may say "Oh I'd like to belong to
this", or "It would be nice to do that". We hope
that when you who are Scouts, or have been
Scouts see this page, you'll want to become a
member of Scout Club.
Our meetings come about every six weeks in
the form of supper meetings, which gives us an
opportunity to get better acquainted. Since we
haven't time for actual troop and badge work,
we try to do some form of Community service
work, and keep in touch with active Scouting by
means of speakers, who are leaders in Boston.
Besides these meetings we give a party to settlement
children, and have an occasional week-end
at Cedar Hill, the Girl Scout estate.
Our arm is to carry on the spirit of Scouting
through College. Do come and join us!
HOME ECONOMICS CLUB
Each student of the Home Economics School,
at the end of her Sophomore year, automatically
becomes a member of this organization. I
It is the professional club of the Department.
In bringing speakers to the monthly meetings,
and affiliating with the National Home Economics
Association, students are brought into
contact with the professional field.
Greetings to future "Home Ec'ers"! Perhaps
the Club will, at some future date, be of assistance
to you in choosing your career.
SIMMONS MENORAH SOCIETY
Welcome! Simmons Menorah extends a hearty
welcome to all Jewish girls at College to join in
its social and intellectual pursuits.
The Simmons Menorah Society is a member of
the Greater Boston Menorah Council which
sponsors meetings and social events held jointly
with the other colleges of Boston: M. 1. T., Radcliffe,
Harvard, Boston University, Emerson, and
Menorah gives you the opportunity to keep in
touch with Judaism, helps you to make friends at
your own College, and to meet Jewish students
from the other colleges in Boston.
A warm welcome is extended to all Freshmen.
We hope that 1934 will help make the coming
college year the best ever.
If you were to pile all your issues of the News
together for four years and have them bound, and
do the same with the Reviews, you would have
an excellent record of your college years, but it
would be very unwieldly. There is, therefore, the
Microcosm, meaning our "little world", a leather-bound
volume published each year by the members
of the Senior class with the help of the
This annual is largely a pictorial digest of your
activities, with special attention paid to the history-
making events of your class. You have in
the book also a picture of everyone of your
classmates, so that when you meet one fifty years
hence, you can look back and see that she was not
always wrinkled and gray.
In short, Microcosm is exactly what you make
it by your activities, contributions and support.
SIMMONS MUSICAL ASSOCIATION
If you sing, no previous training required, or
play an instrument, be sure to tryout for Glee
Club or Instrumental Club. The Glee Club,
especially, which is rapidly increasing both in
size and prestige, needs your support; and in it
you may take part in one of the College's most
delightful and cultural activities. The chief
events of the year are: a concert with some men's
college, a concert in Jordan Hall, one of Boston's
finest music halls, and Pops in Symphony Hall.
Welcome to Simmons ye 1934 musicians!
Lend us your musical talent!
Newman Club is a religious organization in
which all Catholic girls automatically become
members when they register at the college. It
is a branch of the National Federation of Newman
Clubs founded in honor of Cardinal Newman.
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of
every month, many of which are open to all the
members of the college. Most of these are social
meetings at which there is an outside speaker
and tea is served.
Newman Club is a very active organization,
running a formal dance early in the Fall, several
teas, and informal dances. Through its social
events members are given opportunities to meet
students of Wellesley and Tufts Colleges, Boston
University, and Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. In addition to dances and teas, it
has several communion breakfasts throughout
Press Board is a very important factor at
College. It is through this organization that all
the news of college activities gets into the Boston
daily papers. Each member of the Board represents
one paper which she makes sure gets all the
interesting pictures and items.
A little extra money always comes in handy to
everyone, and aside from the pleasure and honor
of making Press Board, its members are paid for
all photographs and articles. No outstanding
talent is necessary, but a willingness to work is
the most vital consideration. The experience is
most excellent, and then there's the thrill of
going down to the newspaper office and meeting
the various editors.
So—when Press Board try-outs are held in the
early Fall, do not hesitate to come out strong.
And—Here's to the best o'luck—1934!
The Review is an alumnae publication which
comes out every two months on the hall table,
absolutely free of charge.
You will look to the Review, as an acquaintance
bureau, where you may make friends with
the alumnae and learn what they are doing.
This is the magazine which will be yours not only
in college days, but in the years when you have
left Simmons as a graduate.
SIMMONS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
The Simmons 'Athletic Association, with its
various activities throughout the year, gives to
every student, commuter or dorm girl, an opportunity
for recreation and- fun. All the competitive
activities are interclass, but there are
many awards which are well worth earning.
This fall we will start off with hockey, and, as
we have a new field, we want new enthusiasm—yours.
Of course, the hockey season is closed
with a banquet an occasion which is much an-
ticipated. Other fall sports are riding and tennis.
During the winter months, the activities consist
of fencing, tap dancing, and basketball. The
basketball season, too, is concluded with a ban-
quet. In the spring there is tennis, riding, archery,
golf and life-saving. The last event of the
season is Track Day. All kinds of track events
take place, and it is then that the cups, blazers,
and other awards are given out. We hope some
of these activities will appeal to you.
THE SIMMONS NEWS
Some fine day in the early part of your career
at Simmons, you will find a crowd pushing its
way toward the hall table, and if you are lucky
enough to get to the front of that crowd, you will
discover that "News" is out. This paper appears
every Thursday and tells of the doings of all
clubs and student activities, of dormitory life,
and of the Faculty. It is of real interest to every
student and is in every sense a truly Simmons
organization. The best part of it all is that it is
absolutely free of charge and there are enough
copies for everyone.
The "News" wants to urge the Class of 1934
to help make the paper better by contributing to
it. There will be places for Freshmen on the
staff and you will be most welcome. Show what
you can do, both by trying out for "News" and
by contributing your pet themes to the literary
publication which will come out later in the
year. Experience that thrill which comes from
seeing an article of your very own in print!
THE UNITY CLUB
The Unity Club is one of the religious clubs of
the College. It was organized to bring all those of
a liberal faith together for mutual friendship and
exchange of ideas. The meetings are held once a
nlonth and are purely social with an occasional
speaker. The n1embers are welcome to bring
their friends to any of the meetings. Since we
are connected with the Young People's Religious
Union many of the girls attend the Town and
Gown Club Dances once a month and delegates
are sent to conferences at various times. Sometimes
the members go to church together, but
aside from that, Unity Club is really a chance to
become better acquainted with girls having interests
similar to yours. We certainly do cordially
invite you to join our Club and have a good
Y. W. C. A.
The purpose of the Y. W. C. A. at Simmons is
to enlarge one's friendships. Not only will it help
you to get acquainted with your own class the
very first Sunday you are at college, through the
freshman picnic at Hammond Pond, but all
through the year you will make many friends in
the other classes, through our activities. And
when one becomes tired of dorm life there are
wonderful house parties at Woburn, where one
can hike to Concord or wander around the
wooded hills, according to state of ambition. In
any case you will come back to an enormous dinner
followed by popcorn and college songs around
the fire. Nearer by, are the Student headquarters
in the new "Y" building where we have teas
every Friday afternoon, a group remaining frequently
to cook their supper and spend the
evening. We may also use the wonderful new
equipment in the building gym, pool, and bowling
alleys, the latter being particularly disastrous
to one's agility the following day, if one is not an
So far, we have talked only of enlarging your
student friendships. You will also have an opportunity
to meet many of the faculty at teas, and
more informally, at the Student-Faculty baseball
game. That is the time when the most sedate
professors come out in rare costumes and try to
lose their dignity most of them succeed, too.
Then we make friends with girls in different circumstances
from ourselves in the social service
work that we do in Boston, and in helping to support
the college, St. Christopher's, in India.
If you are interested in making friends and
being friendly we hope you will join the "Y" and
take part in our activities.
Academy President, HELEN CRAWLEY
Christian Science Club Reader, HELEN PICKETT
Debating Society President, RUTH GERSIN
Dramatics Association President, OLGA LAKE
Ellen Richards Club President, GRACE Du MOULIN
Girl Scouts President, MARGARET KNIGHT
Home Economics Club President, MARION CROWTHER
Menorah Club President, IDA SLATER
Microcosm Editor, ANNABELLE McNAB
Musical Association President, JANET ELLIS
Newman Club President, HELENA HOYE
Simmons Athletic Club President, EDITH STEVENS
Simmons News Editor, MARY CORCORAN
Unity Club President, FRANCES ATWOOD
Y. W. C. A. President, REBECCA EIKENBERRY
College Voucher EDITH STEVENS
College Cheer Leader MARION CROWTHER
To every student entering Simmons is assigned
the name of a member of the Faculty. She is to
act as your adviser while you are here at college.
Your Faculty Adviser is as anxious to know
and meet you as you are to meet her. Do, 1934,
take it upon yourselves to let her help you and
give you her sage advice. She is ready at any
time to offer you her friendship and understanding.
She wants to make more than a mere classroom
acquaintance, but it is up to you, 1934, if
this is made possible.
THE FIRST FEW DAYS
On your arrival at college there are two questions
which you will be bound to ask:
"Where are the dormitories?"
"Where is the campus?"
Every new student entering Simmons for her
first time makes these inquiries. But, if you will
realize the advantages of Simmons, you will find
it an ideal college.
The dormitories are scattered and are at quite
a distance from the main college building, but the
walk to Simmons is a pleasant one, and should
you prefer there are street cars very handy.
You, 1934, will have in the Freshman houses a
group of Juniors, who will help you to become
assimilated with college life more easily. These
Juniors will help to initiate you into Simmons
'ways, and it is hoped that this strengthening of
family ties between sister classes will prove to
you what real friendship may mean.
Although Simmons is a city college, it is very
fortunate in possessing a small campus. This is
located around North and. South Halls making an
attractive background for many of our college
functions. The athletic field, too, although 10cated
at the back of the main college building is a
part of our campus.
The student who enters Simmons will have
certain other expenses besides the fee for board
and tuition. A brief summary of the expenses is
Every student is required to purchase her own
books and supplies necessary for class use. There
are special fees for laboratory work in Chemistry,
Physics, Biology, and Household Economics.
Since it is a requirement for Freshmen to take
gymnasium, you must provide yourself with a
gymnasium suit which you order, according to
directions sent you by the college. Those of you
who are interested in athletics will want to join
S. A. A. and indulge in what it has to offer.
There is a small fee for instruction in golf, and
tap dancing. Should you desire to become a
fencer you will want your own "foil".
The various associations of the college present
entertainments throughout the year. A small
admission fee is charged. You will want to add
to your list of activities the Simmons Glee Club
Concert at Jordan Hall, the Senior Play, and the
formal dances which take place during the
Simmons is a young but very large college.
There is no hall large enough to accommodate
all the students and faculty, so the College has
been divided into three groups which meet on
Monday, Wednesday, or Friday in the large
lecture hall in the New Wing.
Assembly corresponds to the chapel of other
colleges, and is compulsory. In the lecture room
of the new wing we assemble to hear a ten-minute
address by a member of the Faculty or
some guest of the College. These ten minutes
are a pleasant relaxation from study, as we come
to listen to something worth while.
There are two libraries, on the fourth floor,
known as A and B. Here you 'will find the necessary
reference books, or should you feel inclined
toward the lighter fiction, you will find all the
current magazines. Be sure to become acquainted
with the librarians very early in the year, for
they are only too glad to do what they can for you.
College Songs You Will Want to Know
THE COLLEGE HYMN
Hail, Alma Mater! We pledge our love to thee,
Bring thee our hearts and hands in full loyalty.
Praising thy counsel and trusting thy truth.
Lift we our song to thee: Oh guide thou our youth!
Lift we our song to thee: Oh bless now our youth!
Make us, thy children, generous and just.
Send us to labor when leave thee we must,
Ready for service and worthy of trust.
Hail, Alma Mater! Thy praises we sing.
One in allegiance our tributes we bring.
Fair shall thy name be, trusted to our care,
For thy dear sake our lives shall be more fair,
For thy dear sake our lives shall be more fair.
Make us, thy children, strong and pure and just.
Send us to labor when leave thee we must,
Ready for service and worthy of trust.
OUR ALMA MATER
I. Our Alma Mater, to us you give
Ideals which teach us how to live. Courage
to help us to see things through,
Power our life work to do.
Life will be richer for knowing you,
Brighter our land will be,
Service we've learned of you,
Service strong, fine and true,
Service, which brings liberty.
II. We may be needed to save our land,
You may have made ready brain and hand
Taught us to labor and never rest.
'Till we have done our best.
SIMMONS SUMMONS US ALL
If you'd study Greek or Latin, go to Radcliffe;
Go to Wellesley for collegiate atmosphere;
But if you want to learn to bake,
Sew a patch or mix a cake.
Come to Simmons, we have the course right here.
Simnons summons us all
To serve whatever befall.
Be we far away or near,
Ev'ry one of us will hear
When Simmons sends us her call.
If you'd be a debutante, then go to Vassar;
Go to Bryn Mawr if you'd be a P.H.D.;
But if you want vocational art.
Come to Simmons at the start,
Simmons summons to practicality.
When the starlit evening shadows,
And the springtime days draw near,
You can hear the classes singing
Near the steps they hold so dear.
o the songs that we remember
Are the songs that have been made
Just for us to sing together
At the vineclad colonnade.
When the riverway is changing
With sunset colors bright,
And the elm trees' leaves a-quiver
Peer down from lofty height,
You can hear the classes singing,
Near the steps they hold so dear,
The songs that shall re-echo
In our hearts from year to year.
STAND BY SIMMONS
Do you know a college that is in Boston town,
And can you spell the name?
Many a year she's lived and she has gained renown
Living longer, growing stronger, adding to her
And we all
Stand by Simmons and the blue and gold,
Give a loyalty that true hearts hold,
Stand by Simmons today.
Greece and Russia send her daughters across the
To study by her plan;
Here they flock from France and Norway, Italy,
Some from Asia, Polonaisia, and from far Japan.
And they all
Keep the lamp John Simmons lighted so long ago,
Still burning bright today,
Ours the task to tend it and to make it glow,
Failing never, and forever show in work and play
That we all
Pals, dear old pals
We'll always be.
Friendships we'll never sever
Faithful and true
We'll be to you.
Forever more we'll be
Just pals, good old pals.
Just pals, dear old pals,
We'll be ever more
And sing to our sister class
As pals have done before.
Marching, marching onward,
Banners raised on high,
See the girls of Simmons
As they're marching by.
Steadfast, staunch and loyal,
Finding in truth their might.
They are ready ever for the conflict,
Standing ever for the right.
So hail, all hail to Simmons
Cheer, for the Gold and the Blue!
For her daughters ever, ever, ever will beloyal,
Simmons, to you.
OFFICERS IN SIMMONS COLLEGE
President, CAROL WHITE
Vice-President, ELIZABETH RICKER
Treasurer, FLORENCE YOUNG
Chairman Judicial Board, CHARLOTTE BATCHELDER
1931-ELEANOR DAKIN, DORIS GILLIATT
1932 ALICE JUNKIN, ELEANOR WIGHT
1933 CAROL KLEIN, CATHERINE TIDD
Class Officers, 1931
President, DORIS STEVENS
Vice-President, MARJORIE BOLSTER
Secretary, POLLY SUTERMEISTER
Treasurer, MILDRED DUPONT
Class Officers, 1932
President, VIRGINIA GIFFORD
Vice-President, ELEANOR LAWRENCE
Secretary, ALICE WOLFE
Treasurer, GERTRUDE TYLER
Class Officers, 1933
President, ELIZABETH KERR
Vice-President, LUCILLE SHAW
Secretary, LOUISE BUSH
Treasurer, GRACE CAMPBELL
The Last Word
Prepare for a great change, it is a big step from
"prep" to Simmons, and it is for the better. Your
life will mean more to you after coming to Simmons,
we are sure.
Singing classes never come to grief.
Don't borrow the room-mate's clothes until
you have known her at least two weeks. She may
not trust you at first.
Don't feel that you have an "inferiority complex".
You are no worse nor better than anyone
See and know Boston. It is mighty interesting
and fascinating. Ask "the sister" about "The
Blue Ship", "The Brick Oven", and the Art Museum.
They are good Simmons stand byes.
Don't feel when you come that you are the
most lonely person in the world. We love you,
and you're not the only lonely one, so try to smile
and it will make it easier for others as well as for
Make friends. There is no place like College to
find a true pal and loyal friends. Try it and see.
Don't forget to study in the big excitement,
and be sure behind closed doors. College is no
snap. You'll find it out soon enough, but it's
nice to be warned by one who really knows.
Crack a smile now and then. Frowns won't get
Get into college activities. Prove your ability.
Be an all-round girl. No one loves a "grind".
Don't be ashamed of studying. Knowledge is
our primary aim; let your good times be subordinate
Be sure to bring a white dress. There are many
times when you'll need it.
Make yourself familiar with the advertisements
at the back of this book. They will be useful
to you during the next four years.
Cherish the ideals and standards of Simmons.
It is your College now.
Take your part in the life at College, so that
when the Class of 1934 says farewell, you can feel
that Simmons is a little better -and finer for your
having spent four years here.
KEEP THIS HANDBOOK
You will be held responsible throughout the year
for all rules and information printed here.
Where to go for what you want in Boston
CF HOVEY COMPANY
SUMMER, CHAUNCY AND AVON STREETS
THE MISSES' GRAY SHOPS
Headquarters for College Clothes
MILLINERY COATS WRAPS
SPORT APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES
Phone ANN BARR, HANcock 9600
she will select anything you need
and send it to you
REPAIRS RESET INSTALLED
AXLES AND CHASSIS STRAIGHTENED
GEORGE LAWRENCE, INC.
13 LANSDOWNE ST.
that makes a specialty of
outfitting college girls with
the right fashions at moderate prices.
R. H. Stearns Co.
The Craftsman Studio
91 NEWBURY STREET
Tel. KENmore 4810 BOSTON
REAGAN KIPP CO.
162 Tremont Street
Hamilton, Longines & Gruen Watches
We specialize in Repair Work
BEATTIE & McGUIRE SILKS
Chiffons ~ Georgettes ~ Laces
Linens ~ Hosiery ~ Blankets
RETAILED AT WHOLESALE PRICES
29 TEMPLE PLACE BOSTON MASS.
A. STOWELL & CO., Inc.
24 Winter Street BOSTON
Jewelers for over 100 years
Jewelry and Gifts for all occasions
ALICE B. MERRILL FLORIST
ASPInwall 8600, 8601
267 Harvard Street BROOKLINE
Oldest member F.T.D. in Brookline
HOUGHTON GORNEY FLOWER SHOP
We specialize in artistic arrangement of
flowers at moderate prices
Discount to Simmons' Students
TREMONT ST. (at Park St. Church)
Telephone HAYmarket 2311-2312
Photographers of Class 1930
AT 136 B0YLSTON STR.EET
PILGRIM ROAD PHARMACY
253 Brookline Avenue
SANDWICHES DRUGS CHEMICALS
"Stand out from the Crowd"
-yet keep within hailing
distance of college budgets
E. T. SLATTERY & CO.
154 Tremont Street
WILLIAM F. WAlDNER
138 Cypress St., cor. Boylston St., Brookline
Tel. REGent 2917
387 Washington St.
Phone Orders Delivered
Marvin’s Quality Shoes
"Those Totally Different Shoes"
596 Washington St. Boston, Mass.
Washington-Essex Bldg. Tel. Devonshire 7050
MRS. MALCOLMSON MISS BRIGGS
TEL. KENmore 4042
ROOSEVELT BEAUTY SALON
Tel. REGent 2917
Roosevelt Apartment Bldg.
395 Huntington Ave., Boston, Mass.
Eugene Permanent Waving, American, Marcel,
Water and Finger Waving. Shampooing,
Haircutting, Manicuring, Facials
10 Per Cent Discount for Simmons Girls
Tel. BEAcon 4643
High Grade Work Reasonable Prices
195 Harvard St. Brookline
SALLY JEAN SHOPPE
140 Cypress St.
Engraving, for Social Purposes
CORRECT IN EVERY DETAIL
100 Name Cards and new plate $3.00
100 Wedding Announcements 16.85
100 Wedding Invitations 19.85
Dance Programs 8 cents and up
W. H. BRETT COMPANY
Engravers since 1869
30 Bromfield Street
Tel. REGent 7781
11 Harvard St. Brookline
HANAN & SON
21 Temple Place
F. E. PALMER, FLORIST
220 Washington St., Brookline
Bouquets, Corsages, Pretty Gift Baskets
Telegraph flowers home from here
JONES, PETERSON & NEWHALL
Distinctive Feminine Footwear
HOSIERY BUCKLES AND HAND BAGS
49-51 Temple Place Boston, Mass.
10 Per Cent Discount to Simmons Girls
EXPERT SHOE REPAIRING
284 Washington St.
PERKINS & SADLER
Successors to G. H. PIKE
Watch, Clock, and Jewelry Repairing
Silverware Repaired and Refinished
60 Harvard St., Brookline, Mass.
Tel. ASPinwall 4116
Everything in Music
KAMMLER MUSIC COMPANY
I VICTOR RECORDS
Atwater Kent Radio
Portable Phonograph and Sheet Music
Phonograph and Radio Repairing
229 Washington St. Brookline
W. D. PAINE
256 Washington Street, Brookline
Everything in school supplies from
pencils to typewriters
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