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Title:Women's Rules in the University 1930's-1970
Author(s):Vinson, Tejonne
house mothers
Fall 2009
RHET 233
Abstract:I choose to do my research on the history of women’s rules within the university system. I tried to stick within the time line of the early 1930’s and beyond. As I was looking at the rules and regulations from different universities around the country I decided it was a great idea to do a compare and contrast to those from U of I. In doing so I found that majority of the colleges including our university had similar if not the same rules spread across this time period. I used the first part of my research discussing rules I found at other universities via scholarly journals and books. I then used our archives library to research rules and regulations from the university of Illinois and compared it to the rules that I found at other universities. I also found interviews from women students who attended the university during the 1930’s through the 40’s and gained insight to how they felt about the rules and regulations they had to deal with during those times. In doing this research I found a lot of interesting, strict, and peculiar rules. I also found ways that women went about to get around the rules and still do their own things. Overall I decided to do my research project on this to bring about awareness that this was something women in previous generations had to go through as college students. When my class took a visit to the archives earlier in the semester and we came across these rules I became very intrigued by them because it was something that I had no idea ever existed. I chose to do my paper on this topic because not only do I find it interesting but also I think other students should be made aware that there were rules in place once upon a time and they were just for women.
Issue Date:2009
Course / Semester:Under the title of “Writing and Language in the University,” this course centers on two interrelated topics: language, including variations in dialects and registers and the ideologies surrounding those variations; and academic writing, including its many genres and disciplinary differences. As we read, write, and talk about these topics, we explore how writing and language can vary and what makes us consider a way of speaking “standard” or a way of writing are more “correct” or “appropriate” in university contexts than others. We then move on to apply these concepts to our campus by exploring how writing and language are used at UIUC. Each student identifies a specific aspect of writing and/or language at UIUC to focus on for their in-depth research project. They might, for example, look at the range of writing genres used within their major; compare and contrast the academic writing expectations of different teachers, classes, or majors; explore the speech or writing experiences of a particular language or cultural group on campus; or examine current trends in student language use such as texting or slang. In their research, they pull from a wide range of scholarly sources including advanced academic articles and books as well as their own original ethnographic research (interviews, observations, surveys, and/or analyses of University texts). At the close of the course, they not only will have produced a polished final research project, but they will also have the option to share their research with the wider university community through presentation and/or online publication. As part of the EUI (Ethnography of the University Initiative), this class gives them the opportunity to create original scholarly research based on their firsthand experience with people, texts, and places on campus.
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-05-20

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  • Diversity on Campus/Equity and Access
    This collection examines ways in which the U.S. university and the American college experience are affected by diversity, and difference. In particular, these student projects examine experiences of diversity on campus, including important contemporary social, cultural, and political debates on equity and access to university resources.

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