Blasts from the Past: November 4, 2019

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1919, Gettysburg’s football team won against Dickinson during a very muddy match. It rained the entire game, so it made it hard for the players on both sides to play. Both teams fought just as hard to win the game, but ultimately Gettysburg came out victorious winning 7-0. In the first quarter, Gettysburg gained their points. Dickinson tried to even out the match, but a few of their players ended up slipping in the mud in the final quarter and players lost their grip on the football throughout, resulting in a win by the Bullets.

This week in 1929, nine of the fraternities on campus had their annual migratory dance. Everyone on campus was welcome to go. The dance would begin after the football game—hopefully following a victory by the Bullets. There would also be two dances for pledges of the fraternities only. Most of the fraternities had bands lined up and a few had chaperones already. The weekend before, they had the military dance, which about a hundred couples attended and took place in Plank gym.

This week in 1999, the college made a new voicemail system which students had mixed reactions to because of problems during installation of the voicemail system. For years, both students and parents wanted a voicemail system and they finally received one. The old phone system needed to be updated, so the college decided to update the phones before 2000. Students were not consulted about what they believed the voicemail system should be like, resulting in a not-ideal voicemail when installed. The college this week was taking care of changing the system to meet student needs.

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Author: Shannon Zeltmann

Shannon Zeltmann '21 is a double history and art history major with a public history minor. She plans on going to graduate school and then doing museum work as a curator or conservator. She is a member of the Classsics Club, the Gettysburg College Historical Society, and the Gettysburgian, and she works in Special Collections on campus doing conservation. Shannon is an all-around nerd, who loves art and history too much and loves to read and draw on the side.

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