Magill’s 100 Rules: Social Relations

This is part 3 in a 9 part series on Magill’s rules.

Swarthmore College has a long and deep history. Daily, we are reminded of this in small ways: by the names and dates on memorial plaques; the wear and architecture of buildings; the stature and grandeur of trees, and so much more. At The Daily Gazette, we aim to be a forum for relevant news and discourse. No less important though, is our role (and the role of all campus publications) in preserving institutional memory. In that spirit, we present to you the part 3 in the series “Magill’s 100 Rules,” courtesy of the sesquicentennial website.

Social Relations
  1. The parlor is open for students at stated times, and no other rooms shall be regularly open to both sexes for social purposes.
  2. Students of the two sexes, except brothers and sisters, shall not walk on the grounds of the College, nor in the neighborhood, nor to or from the railroad station or the skating grounds. They shall not coast upon the same sled.
  3. No clubs for playing tennis, croquet, or other games shall consist of both sexes. Clubs shall not invite students of the other sex, nor shall clubs of different sexes exchange games except by permission of the Faculty.
  4. Sets for playing any game which are the property of the College may be used by parties consisting of both sexes. Permission to use them will be given by the Matron in the order of application. These sets must always be used in the localities designated by the Faculty; and persons using them must bring them into the house and leave them in their proper places.
  5. No societies for literary or social purposes shall consist of both sexes. Classes may meet occasionally to elect officers and to transact other class business; but not during study periods of the day or evening, except by permission of the President.


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Edward Magill

As a young man, Edward Hicks Magill joined Swarthmore's faculty when it opened in 1869 and continued to hold teaching positions while president, including professor of mental and moral philosophy.

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