Blast from the Past—August 26, 2020 Edition

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer 

This week in 1990, a new term was being used on-campus—Residence Halls. Both dorm and residence halls were being used interchangeably. Some believed the term dorm was outdated, something that their parents lived in while going to college, while students in 1990 were living in residence halls. The reason so? So many dorms had a variety of rules, from curfew to not having visitors of the opposite sex. However, residence halls do not have the same rules as dorms. Students also do not have “Dorm Mothers,” but rather Residence Coordinators (RC) or Resident Advisors (RA). However, it seems both terms have stuck around today. 

This week in 1995, the Gettysburgian created a handy guide to some places on campus and in town that all students should know. On-campus, this included things like Servo (the Dining Center), CUB (the College Union Building, which houses Bullet Hole, the Mailroom, the Bookstore, and an assortment of other departments), The Dive, Bullet Hole, the MAC (Money Access Machine—essentially the ATM outside of CUB today), Musselman Library, Stine Lake (it’s not really a lake, but a great area to sit out in the grass or an Adirondack chair), Kline Theater, and Schmucker Hall (home of the Schmucker Art Gallery and the Recital Hall). All these places on campus are still essential for students to know today. Off-campus, some of the stores and restaurants are still the same—from the Lincoln Diner (or LD’s), Subway, Walmart, Giant, and the Perkin’s. 

This week in 2000, the Class of 2004 had their first-year orientation to Gettysburg. There were about 700 students in the class of 2004, with 200 Orientation Leaders, Resident Advisors, and staff helping the four-day event. The slogan of the 2004 orientation was, “The Gettysburg College experience is priceless.” First, the students would unpack, get to know their orientation group, and then meet with their faculty advisor. The student would also go to different panels to learn more about living on campus and to discuss some social issues, like the responsibility of student social behavior. Participation is also a key aspect of orientation, which could help students have a smoother transition to living on campus and being a college student. Welcome Class of 2024 to campus!


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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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