Blasts from the Past: February 22, 2018

Buzz Jones (Photo provided)

Buzz Jones (Photo provided)

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1918, the basketball season was ending and spring sports were beginning to “show through the snow.” Baseball and track were just around the corner. They had short schedules for the 1918 year. There were only two track meets scheduled, while the baseball schedule had not been made yet. Of course, they encouraged, “every able-bodied man in school to get out and try for something!”

This week in 1952, a bit of Gettysburg College history was shared. Between the years 1839 and 1861, one could earn a medical degree from Gettysburg (Pennsylvania) College. The medical department was established by Dr. George McClellan, father of the Civil War General McClellan. In 1844, seven students graduated from the program. In 1843 and 1854, the faculty resigned over some friction arose, which led to the decline in the program. When the Civil War broke out, many students from both north and south withdrew from the school, resulting in Pennsylvania College Medical School to finally close.

This week in 1978, there was an unexpected food fight in Servo. Approximately 15 students took part in this food fight consisting of oranges and pieces of meat. At the time The Gettysburgian published this article, some of the culprits in this food fight were still at large, however many had been found. In total, they were fined five hundred dollars for damage from the fight, such as broken dishes and ruined clothes of students sitting nearby. While the caught students were being ushered away, one girl was overheard saying the 1978 food fight was “definitely better than last year’s!”

This week in 2002, Snowball was successful once again. There were a thousand students and staff at the event. The Gettysburgian reported that there was an array of attire, ranging from tuxedos and ball gowns to t-shirts and jeans. The Buzz Jones Big Band performed as well as a DJ. One student said that he expected to have an easy going night, but the band and DJ were so good, that he and his date spent the whole night dancing. All who went enjoyed the evening and the same can be said about this years Snowball!

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Author: Shannon Zeltmann

Shannon Zeltmann '21 is planning on double majoring in history and art history. She is also planning on being part of the Symphony Orchestra, the Civil War Club, and Nerd Nation. Shannon is an all-around nerd, who loves art and history too much and loves to read, draw, and play her cello on the side. She is excited to be a new member of The Gettysburgian team.

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