Blast From the Past: Sept. 2, 2020 Edition

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer


This week in 2005, the Honor Code was in the final stages of a major overhaul. Created in 1957, the administration decided it needed to be updated. For two years, the college did just that. The college surveyed the students and found that some felt it was just a moral responsibility and that the students should not sign every paper or exam with the pledge. Others felt it was one of the best things the college did and liked how it was implemented, as they felt trusted instead of the assumption that people are cheating. The Honor Commission had created a new Honor Code, which they and the faculty approved. They were just waiting on Student Senate to approve it, but the student senate had some changes they wanted to see before it was approved.  


This week in 1985, the first-year class was larger than normal, which caused somewhat of a housing problem for the college. The college had to increase the number of classes offered for the fall, from 540 to 575 courses. They had some scheduling problems for some of the first-years, but they worked with the students to get them the classes they needed. The more problematic part was finding enough housing for all the first-years. Some options like motels and expanding the number of triples and quads. The college ended up putting some first-years into the Health Center, study rooms in dorms, and the Plank House, which the college rented from Phi Sigma Kappa while the fraternity reorganized. The college also stated that they would decrease the number of students who were admitted for the next year.


This week in 1900, a new professor in modern languages began his first semester at Gettysburg. The department had a new chair, Professor Charles F. Woods. He was originally an Assistant Professor of Modern Language at Richmond College, where he traveled and studied in Germany and France. He then became an assistant professor at Swarthmore for a year. Then he began his time at Gettysburg in 1900.

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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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