The 1906 College Experience

1 02 2013
Photo of Ruth Carrel with caption "Kedsies Angels (?)". Not clear if this refers to Robert or Frank Kedzie.

Photo of Ruth Carrel with caption “Kedsies Angels (?)”

After leafing through a scrapbook belonging to Miss Ruth Carrel, I began to ponder how different the life of an MAC student in 1906

M.A.C. Dorm Regulations, circa 1906

M.A.C. Dorm Regulations, circa 1906

was in comparison to an MSU student of today. While a lot might have changed in the world in the over one hundred years between her graduation and ours, surprisingly the college experience is still somewhat similar.
For instance, the dormitory regulations haven’t had much of a makeover since the turn of the 20th century. No nails or tacks were to be put in the walls, your floor had to be kept clear, no moving your dorm room furniture into the hallways or outside of your room, no throwing water or objects out of your dorm window to an unfortunate passerby, quiet hours existed, and any damage that happened to your room you would have to pay for at the end of the year. Sounds mighty familiar doesn’t it? While the curfews and room inspections at 7am have fallen away, the majority or rules have been retained.

Scrapbook page of team photos, newspaper clippings, & schedule, 1905-1906

Scrapbook page of team photos, newspaper clippings, & schedule, 1905-1906

Football was immensely popular, as it still is today. Students came together to celebrate their team as is evident by the Football banquet that was held each year to celebrate the players accomplishments that season. “Charming Co-eds, witty toasts, excellent viands, appropriate decorations,” were all apart of the party that year. Miss Carrel herself enjoyed a “season ticket” for the 1905 season that cost her $1.50.

Of course with all of its similarities, marked differences exist as well. For instance, what was your grade this past semester in Hygiene

Dance cards from Feronian Society & Colombian Literary Society events, 1904-1907

Dance cards from Feronian Society & Colombian Literary Society events, 1904-1907

or Domestic Art? Been to any term dances and added any new fellas names to your dance card? Perhaps you visited Wilson’s Sugar Bowl in Lansing and had one of their ” Very Popular Tutti Fruti” Sundaes? There are some experiences that Miss Carrel had that we will never be able to take part in, due to the fact that we live in a different age. It was a different time and life was different, but we have to ask ourselves, how different was it really?

Written by Sarah B., intern

Source: Ruth E. Carrel papers, UA 10.3.16 (Scrapbook #44)

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