Some of the most-talked about people on campus are the men who attend it. Many admire these boys from afar but know little about them. I asked third year technical theater majors Michael Nolan and Dylan Bean, third year theater arts in acting major John Lampe, first year technical theater consecratory students Eddie Andrews and Curtis Vogts and third year dance major Alex Clayton, about their time here thus far at Stephens.
The men each have different reasons for choosing Stephens.
Bean choose Stephens for “scholarship money and a top-notch school” but thought of an article in the 80’s where Dean Anthony said he came for “The Babes!”
Though Lampe said he came for the “Structure of the theater and in no way ’cause of the women.”
Michael Nolan said these men get more opportunities for parts as opposed to going to another school.
What do these men think its like going to an all girls’ school? John Lampe thought of a man at Okoboji who was asked if going to Stephens was like having 1000 girlfriends. He said, “No it’s more like having 1000 wives or sisters.” Andrews has learned that everyone knows you because you are a man on campus. These men also have to deal with the women’s mood swings and tons of estrogen.
What do Stephens’s women need to know about the men?
Nolan says that the men are just as “busy as the females”. Lampe wishes the girls could have a gender role reversal to see what the men really do each day. The men at Stephens have been here just as long as the women. This is not a new idea. Alex says “we are regular people just like them. We are in no way different or sexually perverse or misogynists.”
The men who have to take traditional major feel the difference of being the odd man out. Lampe understand the differences “LBA makes you feel like you have to be involved even if you really don’t need to be.” Many men worked before coming here. Vogts says “teachers do expect more but it is equal.” Clayton thinks “it depends on the subject. If the class has a significant feminist viewpoint, sometimes we feel uncomfortable or restricted in speech.” Michael Nolan feels in classes “its interesting because some teachers take refuge in you or feel like you have to say the male perspective, which the men say, is not much different than the females.”
All the men hope to go to New York after they graduate. Lampe said that he had not been apart from these men for more than two weeks in three years, so it’s no surprise that they go to New York together.