Five young women stand together as the outgoing student government president places a long necklace on the new president. On back: School Government Officers, 1952. L to R -- Al D'Amelio '53, Betty Richardson '52, Pat Shaw '53 (Pres.), Pippy Rooney '52 (outgoing Pres), Geney Bragg '53."
Photograph contributed to Northeastern University by Boston-Bouve College
M41 Box 80, Folder 1
College student government -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Physical education -- Study and teaching -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Women college students -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Bouve College of Health Sciences
Bragg, Imogene M.
Bouvé-Boston School government officers, 1952.
The first student government formed in 1919, the brainchild of a camp conversation. Students petitioned Marjorie Bouvé, and she agreed. The girls applied the same dedication and intensity to self-government as they did to their coursework and camp activities. Students administered the honor code, planned many of the school functions, promoted school community, and bridged the gap between classmates and the administration. To ensure continuity, the president and vice president of each senior class wrote a report covering both practical and abstract matters for the incoming officers.
The Monomettes, students who had completed their two years at camp, returned to advise younger students and act in a semi-administrative capacity alongside teachers. They served as mediators for campers and instructors, resolving concerns about uniforms, time for lights-out, and locations for smoking. Government officers also initiated a ritual of their own, the transfer of a long silver chain from the current to the rising president.