Blasts from the Past: May 6, 2020

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 2000, students experienced online pre-registering for their classes for the first time. Normally, students would manually fill out multicolored packets to register for courses, but the Registrar’s Office transitioned to an online database. In real time, students could know exactly which classes they were registered for. The registration day for the next academic year normally began on January 17th, with a long line outside of the Registrar’s Office. There would be six computers set up for students to register from. There were still a few bugs—mainly if grades would be viewed on PeopleSoft or CNAV—but overall, it made the process a lot smoother. The Registrar’s Office received many phone calls about how to use the new system, rather than paperwork as they had in the past. Twenty years later, students are still using PeopleSoft to register for classes.

This week in 1995, the upperclass residence halls planned an end of the year party in mid-April. The students of the upperclass quad—Huber, Musselman, and Patrick—were excited for the party. They planned two main activities: live music by the campus band and a tie-dye t-shirt station. They hoped a lot of students would come to the event for a nice day outside.

This week in 1965, the annual ROCT Military Ball took place. Tickets for it were $3.50 a couple and all students were invited to go. They planned to have an orchestra play, and various ROTC committees organized the theme and decorations, which was “Mediterranean Cruise, which included a variety of motifs of the Mediterranean Sea. The highlight of the ball was the crowning of the new Military Ball queen, crowned by the prior year’s queen.

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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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