Blasts from the Past: August 24, 2017
By Benjamin Pontz, News Editor
This week in 1946, Gettysburg College announced that its enrollment had reached a record high of 1000 students including a freshman class of 300 students. Of those 300 students, 75% were military veterans, while the remaining 25% came directly from high school, a new ratio to ensure that some students would be admitted from high school. Many students were also resuming their studies after military service in World War II; in fact, the class size of 1000 students was more than double the enrollment of the previous fall. The Gettysburgian also noted, “… twelve girls will be in the freshman class next fall and these coeds will commute daily from their homes.”
During the first week of classes in 1985, The Gettysburgian reported that the freshman class size of 575 students created problems for the college that required the addition of four additional course sections. A greater issue, however, was housing: the college ultimately built eight-student suites in the basements of three freshman residence halls, placed students in the freshman hall study rooms, the Health Center, and Plank House, which formerly housed the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.
This week in 1992, the newly-established Center for Public Service introduced the first annual Gettysburg Is Volunteering — more commonly known as GIV — day as an effort to connect students to ongoing opportunities for community service. Activities included recording English language tapes to be used to teach migrant workers, participating in a square dance with nursing home residents, and creating a skit for school children on avoiding sexual overtures. The tradition continues to this day.
This week in 2007, the opening issue of The Gettysburgian published a special feature on “Eating Out in Gettysburg” that identified The Pub & Restaurant as the best restaurant when parents are paying (followed by the Dobbin House, a close second) and Ernie’s Texas Lunch as the overall best choice for college students. The feature also rated the best Mediterranean, Mexican, pizza, and diner named after the 16th President of the United States. It’s no surprise which establishment won the last one …