Blast from the Past—March 30, 2021 Edition

By Shannon Zeltmann, Staff Writer

This week in 1966, one Gettysburgian reporter explained how the sweatshirt was ruining the well-dressed aesthetic of the student body. The reporter was happy when he visited the college as a prospective student, in part because of how there seemed to be a “universal cleanliness and well-dressed” manner among the students. However, some students have rebelled against this tradition, and now many of them were wearing sweatshirts, torn jeans, and leather thong sandals. The student who wrote the article felt students should stop dressing this way, and dress more formally all the time, rather than just for special occasions.

This week in 1986, the college decided to create a general writing center for all students on campus. Previously, departments each had their own writing and tutoring programs, which was only available to students in those majors or taking courses in those fields. The English department decided to make a peer tutoring system, so students would feel more comfortable sharing their rough drafts and questions with their peers. Furthermore, they expanded it from just the English department to all students who had any sort of writing for their courses. The Peer Tutors were trained to aid students in their endeavors, and they were there to critique a paper rather than proofreading an entire paper for students. During Spring 1986, the Peer Tutors were available Monday through Thursdays and Saturdays.

This week in 1996, three Gettysburg mathematics students won an international undergraduate math competition—the Mathematical Contest in Modeling. They won one out of nine designations and one of two overall winners for specific problems. Their paper was published in the Journal of Undergraduate Math and its Applications. There were more than 400 teams, and over the course of a weekend, they had to solve a problem and present their solution to the judges as a paper. The problem that year was how to best judge a contest such as the math contest. They were ecstatic they did so well and believed it was in part to the great chemistry they had working together.

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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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