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in Huber Hall do not pay extra for meals while in the Infirmary,
but those eating elsewhere receive free meals only for the first seven
days spent in the Infirmary in any one semester. Beyond seven days
the charge for meals is S2 a day.

The Health Service does not provide for treatment of chronic illnesses,
nor does it provide for refraction of eyes or dental care. Consultation with
an additional physician, operations, and hospitalization are at the student's

College Life

Living Facilities

Dormitories for Men. The housing of men is under the direction of the
Dean. Dormitory rooms in Old Dorm and McKnight Hall are provided
with single beds, mattresses, dressers, study tables, chairs, study lamps,
and window-shades. Students furnish pillows, linens, blankets, and other
accessories. Special pieces of furniture may be added if desired. Room rent
is $110 a year.

Furnished rooms in the Government Housing Units are S90 a year.
Unfurnished apartments for married students are $25 and $26 a month.

Each dormitory occupant is required to sign a room contract for each
college year and summer session.

For further information the applicant should write to the Dean.

Rooms in Private Homes. In addition to living quarters in the Dormitories
and Government Housing Units, there are rooms for many upperclassmen
in their respective fraternity houses. Many upperclassmen, moreover, find
it expedient to live in private homes throughout the community. In such
instances, rates and furnishings to be supplied by the student are deter-
mined by the interested parties.

Dormitories for Women. The housing of Gettysburg women is under the
direction of the Dean of Women. Women students, except local girls living
at home, are required to room under dormitory supervision. Rooms range
in price from $110 to $150 a year. Upon receiving notification of admission
to the College, the applicant should immediately make application to the
Dean of Women for a room assignment.

The rooms in Stevens Hall, Huber Hall, Hanson Hall and Aughin-
baugh Hall are designed for two, three, or four girls. Each dormitory room
is provided with a closet or wardrobe, dresser, chairs, single beds, mat-
tresses, three or four bookshelves, and a study table. Students provide
pillows, linens, blankets, study lamps, window draperies, and other
accessories. Pictures and other decorations may be suspended only from
the molding.

Board. The College maintains a dining room in Huber Hall, at which
all women students except those living at home are required to take their
meals. Each fraternity operates its own table. Men students and wives of
students may arrange to take their meals at Huber Hall,




Orientation Week. During the first week of the fall term new students
participate in a special program designed to help them become oriented
in their new environment. This program includes personal conferences
in connection with Registration, lectures concerning the purposes and
organization of the College as well as study techniques, social contacts with
members of the faculty, trips to nearby points of interest, and an extensive
battery of tests. These tests provide the College with valuable information
concerning the aptitudes, interests, and educational background of
each new student and assist the College in its efforts to provide for him a
personalized education.

Curriculum Advisement. After the Freshmen have tentatively selected
their first-year courses, the Registrar assigns them to Freshman Advisers,
who assist with formal registration and, after the Orientation Week tests
are finished, discuss and authorize course changes. Working under the
direction of the Dean, the Freshman Advisers issue grade reports to their
advisees and assist them in determining their major field of study.

At the end of the Freshman year, students elect a major field and
select their Sophomore courses with the assistance of the head of the
department in which they intend to major.

The Dormitory System. Under the guidance of carefully selected and
well-trained Student Proctors, the students solve their own dormitory
problems. The arrangement is in no sense a system of restraints, but rather
a system to put into operation the principles of cooperative living.

Student Counseling Service. A Guidance Committee under the chairmanship
of the head of the Department of Psychology supplements the functions
of the Faculty Advisers. The members of this committee, including the
Dean, Dean of Women, Registrar, and the Student Counselor, are
available to assist students with educational, vocational, social, and
personal problems. This work is carried on by means of personal inter-
views and standard psychological tests. The guidance service is provided
free to all students. They may seek it voluntarily or may be referred to it
by Advisers or other faculty members. Study clinics are held from time to
time as the need for them may arise.

Veterans^ Testing Service. Gettysburg College is an official center for
Veterans' Testing Service of the United States Armed Forces Institute,
popularly known as USAFI. The College administers, scores, and certifies
the official forms of the General Education Development (GED) tests.
No charges are made for administering these tests to Gettysburg College



students. There is a charge of $3 for the GED series of five tests adminis-
tered to persons not registered in the College at the time of the testing.
All requests for GED tests should be addressed to the Registrar.

National Sophomore Testing Program

Along with many other colleges in the nation Gettysburg College
participates in the National Sophomore Testing Program. These ex-
aminations are given in March of each year and every student registered
in his fourth semester in college is required to take them. Through these
examinations the sophomores are rated with those of other institutions on
the national scale, and through the individual student's scores the Com-
mittees on Scholastic Standing and Guidance are provided with basic
criteria for the counseling of each student.


College Lecture Series. The Board of Trustees of the College annually
appropriates money to secure widely known scholars, travelers, and
lecturers to speak on topics of interest to the students and to the com-
munity. Admission to these lectures is free.

Bell Lectureship. A fund of $2,100 from the estate of the late Rev. Peter
G. Bell, ex-' 60, has been received by the College for the establishment of
a Lectureship on the Claims of the Gospel Ministry on College Men. The
main object of this foundation is "to keep before the students of the College
the demand for men for the Christian ministry and the conditions of the
age qualifying that demand."

Stuckenberg Lectureship. Mrs. Mary G. Stuckenberg has given a fund of
$1,000 for the establishment of a Lectureship in Sociology in honor of her
late husband, J. H. W. Stuckenberg, D.D., LL.D., by the terms of which
the College sponsors annually a lecture by a specialist in the field on some
phase of Sociology from the standpoint of Christian Ethics. The lecture
is given at such time as is convenient to the lecturer chosen for the year.


The Band is an organization, the instrumentation and training of which
arc directed toward creditable performance both in concert work and at
athletic contests.

The Gettysburg College Orchestra, recently organized, aims to build and
maintain a repertoire of standard and classical music. The Orchestra
provides music for student meetings and gives occasional concerts.


The Gettysburg College Choir is an organization of 50 young men and
women recruited from the student body. Auditions are held at the begin-
ning of each school year. Applicants are chosen on the basis of voice qual-
ity, trueness of ear, musical feeling, and general musical intelligence. The
Choir appears at special services held in Brua Chapel and makes an
eight-to-ten-day tour through the surrounding states in the spring of each

Service with all musical organizations sponsored by the College is
recognized by suitable insignia awarded at the end of a designated period
of service.

A Faculty director is provided for each of the musical organizations.
He is assisted by a staff of student officers.


The Owl and Nightingale Club aims not only to bring out the latent
dramatic talent of the students in acting, scene painting, and play writ-
ing, but also to provide the College and the community with good
entertainment. The dramatic workshop of the College, it produces from
four to six representative new plays throughout the year. Active member-
ship in the club is gained by performances in a certain number of plays, by
staff work, or by both.

In addition, short plays, presented from time to time, provide students
of the Dramatic Arts classes opportunities in direction and production.
All scenery is constructed by the students under Faculty supervision.

It is hoped that in the near future Brua Chapel, remodeled for dra-
matic purposes, will be available to the group for use as a "little theatre."

Religious Life

Church Attendance. Gettysburg College believes that regular church
attendance is an essential part of the life of any student, especially when
the student is away from the incentives and restraints of the home. Gettys-
burg College strongly emphasizes the importance of attending church
services at least once each Sunday. The churches of Gettysburg are eager
to welcome the students of the College to their services and also sponsor
special Sunday School classes for their student members.

Chapel Attendance. The College conducts for its students week-day
Chapel services under the direction of the Chaplain and the Student
Christian Association Cabinet. Local clergymen, the President of the
College, and selected members of the Faculty are the principal speakers.


Student Christian Association. THe Student Christian Association is a
fellowship of men and women undergraduates dedicated to the develop-
ment of Christian character. This organization, founded in 1867, functions
today through a wide variety of projects including monthly Association
meetings, daily devotions, forums, lectures, discussion and study groups,
publications, social service activities and conferences, and through the
maintenance of its home, Weidensall Hall. The S.C.A. welcomes into its
membership all students regardless of denominational affiliation. Its
administration is vested in a Cabinet composed of the officers and the
standing committee chairmen under the direction of the College Chaplain,
who is a member of the Faculty.

Campus Vespers. Vespers are held every Sunday evening throughout the
school year at 6:30 o'clock in the Auditorium of Weidensall Hall. They
are student worship services in which student speakers and choirs

Candlelight Service. A worship service composed of sacred music, devo-
tional reading, and silent meditation is conducted by and for the students
at 10:30 o'clock on Thursday evening of each week of the school year.

Responsibility for both of these Campus services is vested in the
S.C.A., which invites all students, whether members of the Association
or not, to attend.

Religion-in-Life Week

Each year near the beginning of the second semester a period of three
days is set aside during which time a number of outstanding Christian
leaders are brought to the campus to give lectures and conduct discussion
groups on some thought-provoking religious theme. This program is
known as "Religion-in-Life Week." The College considers this one of the
high points of the school year — vitally important to the spiritual strength-
ening of every Faculty and student member of the campus.


The Alumni Bulletin, a quarterly published by the Alumni Office, keeps
alumni informed on current College events and purposes.

The Gettysburg College Catalog is published in February of each year.

The Gettysburg College Summer Session Catalog is published in March of
each year.

The Getty sburgian, edited by a staff of students, is published weekly
during the College year and prints chiefly College and alumni news and


The G-Book, sponsored by the S.C.A. and issued at the opening of each
College year, gives valuable information and suggestions to incoming

The Mercury, a magazine published by the students of the College, is
advised by the English Department and seeks to encourage creative
writing by the students.

The Spectrum, an annual published by the Junior class, contains pic-
torial representations of the College with its various organizations and
surroundings, and information about students.

The Women's League Bulletin, published in December of each year, is a
summary of the work of the League for that year.

All the periodicals aim at improving communication between the
College and its graduates, former students, and friends. These enterprises
are cordially commended to the patronage of those interested in the
welfare of the institution.

Radio Workshop

A student radio station, WWGC, has its studio on the third floor of
Breidenbaugh Science Hall and broadcasts a variety of programs regu-
larly during the college year.


There are two debating clubs, one for men and one for women. Each
group engages in a number of debates each season with various colleges
throughout the United States.

Speakers^ Bureau

All students registered for Advanced Public Speaking are required,
and other students are invited, to become members of the Speakers'
Bureau. This bureau is a public service organization which provides
speakers for various clubs and meetings in Gettysburg and adjacent

The Student Chest

On petition from the Campus Senate, representing the student body,
the Board of Trustees adopted a system known as the Student Chest for
coordinating the finances of student organizations. This system eliminates
requests and campaigns for money by student groups and substitutes a stu-
dent fee of $5 per semester. This fee is payable to the College Treasurer at


the beginning of each semester and is distributed by the Treasurer of the
fund at the direction of the Student Chest Committee to the various
student organizations.

The Campus Senate

The Campus Senate, created several years ago to replace the Student
Council, consists of four members of the Faculty and one student repre-
sentative from each of the active groups on the campus.

The basic functions of the Senate are to represent the student body in
the formulation of school policies and to promote cooperation among the
Administration, Faculty, and Students.

Besides fostering this policy, the Senate assumes responsibility for the
Men's Tribunal, conducts each fall a Freshman campfire, conducts class
elections, nominates candidates for the Zimmerman prize, and con-
siders problems of the student body as a whole.

The Inter -Fraternity Council

The Inter- Fraternity Council, composed of representatives from each
of the national fraternities on the campus, acts as the coordinating agency
in fraternity affairs and activities. This group sponsors the inter-fraternity
dances, supervises intramural sports, establishes rules for rushing, and
conducts a general program designed to promote harmonious relations
among the fraternities.

The Pan-Hellenic Council

The Pan-Hellenic Council is composed of a Senior and Junior member
from each of the four national sororities. The Council, functioning as a
governing body, regulates inter-sorority relations and strives to foster
harmony between sorority and independent women.

Fraternities, Sororities, and Societies

National Social Fraternities and Sororities

College fraternities and sororities are dedicated to the high ideals of
friendship and service. Through their activities in behalf of the individual,
the group, the college, and the community, they play a vital role in
campus life.



At Gettysburg there is mutual cooperation among the College, the
fraternities, the sororities and the student body. The College realizes that
these societies, functioning properly, aid it in achieving its objectives.

On the campus at Gettysburg are 11 fraternities — 10 national and one
local — and four national sororities.

Alpha Tau Omega
Alpha Xi Delta
Chi Omega
Delta Gamma
Kappa Delta Rho
Lambda Chi Alpha
Phi Delta Theta

Phi Gamma Delta

Phi Kappa Psi


Phi Sigma Kappa

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Sigma Chi

Tau Kappa Epsilon

Local Fraternity
Phi Kappa Rho

National Honorary Fraternities and Sororities

Alpha Kappa Alpha: a society for students of Philosophy.

Beta Beta Beta: a fraternity for students of Biology.

Delta Phi Alpha: a German language society.

Eta Sigma Phi: an undergraduate fraternity for students of the Classics.

Kappa Delta Epsilon: a professional Education sorority.

Kappa Phi Kappa: a professional undergraduate Education fraternity.

Phi Alpha Theta: a fraternity for majors in History.

Phi Beta Kappa: a society for students of distinguished academic achieve-

Phi Sigma Iota: a society for students of the Romance Languages.

Pi Delta Epsilon: a journalistic society.

Pi Lambda Sigma: a fraternity for majors in Political Science and Eco-

Psi Chi: a society for students of Psychology.

Scabbard and Blade: a military society.

Sigma Pi Sigma: a society for students of distinction in Physics.

Tau Kappa Alpha: a society for students excelling in forensics.

Local Professional and Honorary Clubs

Gettysburg Honor Society: a society recognizing excellence in scholarship

and achievement in extracurricular activities.
Le Cercle Francais: a club offering an opportunity to acquire fluency in

speaking French.


Pen and Sword: a society honoring Juniors and Seniors of outstanding

achievement in activities or athletics.
Pre-Ministerial Association: an organization for students preparing for

the ministry.
Sceptical Chymists: an organization of students in Chemistry.
Tertulia Espanola: a club encouraging fluency in speaking Spanish.

Other Organizations

Gavel Club: a club designed to increase the effectiveness of the fraternities
through efficient leadership.

Independent Men: an organization composed of students who are not
members of fraternities.

International Club: a club dedicated to the promotion of world peace.

Modern Book Club: a club fostering the study and critical appraisal of con-
temporary literature.

Women's Athletic Association: an organization sponsoring individual,
group, intramural, and intercollegiate sports for women students.


Intercollegiate Athletics

In order to conduct through a democratic, cooperative, and under-
standing agency a comprehensive athletic program for the students of
Gettysburg College, the Board of Trustees of the College has authorized
an Athletic Council to organize, promote, and administer the entire
intercollegiate and intramural athletic programs.

The College maintains membership in the National Collegiate Athletic
Association, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference, and the Middle
Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Conference.

The program of intercollegiate activities for men includes football,
cross-country, basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, wrestling, track,
and swimming.

The program of activities for women includes field hockey and


The intramural program is designed to afford opportunities for all
students not on varsity squads to enjoy the benefits of participation in
sports. Competitive teams are organized from the fraternities, sororities,
and independent groups. Team awards are made for team activ-
ities; individual awards for success in individual sports. Intramural


activities are conducted under the supervision of an Intramural Council,
consisting of the Director of Intramurals, who is a member of the Physical
Education Department; the Director of Athletics; the varsity coaches; the
sports editor of the campus newspaper; the president of the Interfraternity
Council; the president of the Campus Senate; one independent representa-
tive; and two student representatives from the Athletic Council.

The Intramural Program for Men has an extensive program of activities
which includes touch football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, foul-
shooting, tennis, softball, golf, table-tennis, swimming, and horseshoes.

The Intramural Program for Women is conducted by the Director of
Women's Physical Education, with the assistance of the Women's Athletic
Association, and aims to maintain interest in sports and to promote good
sportsmanship. The Women's Athletic Association, organized under an
Executive Committee and a "sports" board comprised of student man-
agers for each sport, includes as members all women students.

Activities are organized on the basis of sororities and independents and
include the following: field hockey, basketball, volleyball, softball, bowl-
ing, archery, and tennis.


Honors^ Prizes^ and Scholarships i


The following honors are awarded at the close of each academic year:

Valedictorian and Salutatorian. The Senior who has the highest scholastic
average for the last three years (including the Comprehensive Examina-
tion when required) shall be named Valedictorian, and the second highest
shall be named Salutatorian. Only those Seniors are eligible who have
been in residence during their entire course.

Final Honors. A student who passes the Comprehensive Examination
"with distinction" and whose average rating for four years is 2.90 or above
on the Quality Point scale will receive his degree summa cum laude; if the
rating is 2.60 or above, magna cum laude; if the rating is 2.30 or above,
cum laude. Only those Seniors are eligible who have been in residence
during their entire course.

Departmental Final Honors. A student who has been recommended by a
department, and who has taken a major in the department with an
average of not less than 2.75 on the Quality Point scale, will be awarded
Departmental Final Honors in that department, provided he has passed the
Comprehensive Examination "with distinction" and has submitted a
thesis (or equivalent) satisfactory to the department.

Class Honors for Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years.
Highest Class Honors for the year will be awarded to those students who
have maintained the grade of A in all their studies throughout the year.
Class Honors for the year will be awarded to those who have maintained
the grade of A in at least half of the work of the year and do not have a
grade below B in any of their studies for the year.

Advanced credits granted to veterans for work in United States Armed
Service Schools shall be counted as residence credits in the award of all

These awards are published in the Commencement Programs and the
Catalog issues of the Bulletin.




The following prizes are offered annually for outstanding scholarship
and achievement:

Baum Mathematical Prize: The interest on $500 to the Sophomore
showing the greatest proficiency in mathematics.

Chi Omega Social Science Award: The sum of $25 to the Junior or Senior
girl excelling in social sciences.

Class of 1916 Prize: The sum of $25 to the Sophomore who has made
the greatest contribution to the College.

■ Delta Gamma Alumnae Association Award: The sum of $25 to the Junior
' girl who has made the greatest contribution to the College.

Delta Phi Alpha Prize: An illustrated book on German culture to the
outstanding member for the year of Delta Phi Alpha.

Edwin and Leander M. Zimmerman Senior Prize: The interest on $1,000 to
the Senior whose character, citizenship, and scholarship have contributed
most to the upbuilding of the College.

Graeff English Prize: The interest on $500 to the Senior who writes the
best essay on the subject assigned.

Hassler Latin Prize: The interest on $500 to the best Latin student in
the Junior class.

John Alfred Hamme Award: The sum of $50 to the Junior who has
demonstrated in the highest degree the qualities of loyalty, kindness,
courtesy, true democracy, and leadership.

Military Memorial Prize: The interest on $500 to the student attaining
the highest standing in Advanced Military Science courses.

I Muhlenberg Freshman Prize: The interest on $500 to the Freshman in a

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