Vic had its largest enrolment to date in 1923--150 students--the year I arrived. There were more people from small towns and rural areas than from the city. There was one person from Manitoba, three or four from Saskatchewan and one from British Columbia.
The entrance to Victoria College at the time was from Queens Park Crescent, with a walk way and circular driveway.
The Birge Carnegie Library, on the corner of Charles Street West and Queens Park Crescent, was a serious and sombre place.
Annesley Hall was the main residence. There were two houses used as residences, one where Emmanuel College now stands, called South Hall, and one at 113 Bloor Street, called Oak Lawn. All meals were in the main dining room at Annesley.
There were tennis courts beside Annesley Hall as well as on Charles Street, where the Isabel Bader Theatre now stands.
Faculty all wore gowns some of them tattered.
During initiation, the first year students were considered not only freshies but babies as well. We always had to carry a bottle and a bit of green. When we met a sophmore, we were supposed to take two steps backward. The impressive part of initiation in the women's residence, though, was the handing over of the lamp of learning. The sophomores came down the steps with the lamp while singing the lamp of learning song. The lamp was then handed to the president of the first year students.
As part of living in residence, we had to sign out in the evening--even if just going to the library--and sign back in before 10:30 p.m. We were allowed one day a week to be out until 12:30 a.m. and one night a year to be out as late as 1:30 a.m.
There was skating every Saturday night during the winter, with a live band on the two hockey pads on the athletic field. The girls hockey team practised before breakfast. If they were late for their meal, they had to stand in front of the dean at head table and wait for her to nod them to their seats.
Little Vic Rink, between 1911 and 1913
Cutting one's hair was the fashion. I had two long braids wrapped around my head. I wrote and asked my mother if I could get my hair cut. Her reply was that I would be better to keep my mind on studying.
Four of us shared a room on the top floor of Oak Lawn. One of the girls was very reticent. One night she went to bed early while the rest of us continued to talk. She started to talk in her sleep, so we started asking her questions, which she answered. We never mentioned anything about the evening as we were afraid she might have been pulling our leg.
We were warned not to walk across Queen's Park after dark.
The College gave a reception once a year and since no dancing was allowed students promenaded up the stairs to the second floor and down again. The men had cards and at the beginning of the reception they filled their cards with the names of the women they wanted to promenade with. To do this the men went across the floor to where the women were all standing and asked the women of their choice if they could write their names on the card. It was said that the men in residence would choice a women from residence for the last promenade. This way they wouldn’t have a long trip to take the women home.
Submitted by Beth Nicholson Vic 6T7 on behalf of Dorothy (Carver) Nicholson Vic 2T7.