Blast from the Past—February 9, 2021 Edition

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1991, the library shortened the loan period for students to thirty days. This new loan period was an attempt to allow more students to use the books. The library also added that students could request a book that they needed. This way they can request a book that has already been checked out of the library and when a book is returned, the student can pick up the requested book right away. Any student needing a book for more than thirty days could renew the book if no one else had requested the book. Students had mixed reactions to the system, either complaining the loan period was too short for major projects, or it allowed them to get books that may be only used by one student during the semester.

This week in 2001, the college was in the middle of the first semester with a new meal plan program, called Block Meals, which had mixed results from students. Instead of having a traditional meal plan, where students could have a set number of meals per week, the block meal plan allowed students to have a specific number of meals that could be used throughout the semester. These blocks were based off generally how many meals a student may use in a week, whether it was 20-meals or 14-meals a week, but the college believed this allowed students to have more flexibility with their meal plans. However, some students felt the plans were too expensive, causing some discussion about the pricing of the new meal plans.

This week in 2006, a performer, Todd Conner, came to Gettysburg to give a one-man adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphosis. Conner told the Roman myths on a dark stage while holding a lit incense, giving an ambiance to the performance. He used very few props, to tell the stories of various Roman gods and goddesses. Conner had a career in performance for over twenty years at that point, and his performance at Gettysburg was a success.

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These articles and more from the Gettysburgian (1897-2010 issues) can be found on the Gettysburgian digital archives, provided by the Special Collections & College Archives: http://digital.olivesoftware.com/Olive/APA/Gettysburg/default.aspx#panel=home

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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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