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Some of the men students live in rooms off campus which have been ap-
proved by the Dean of Students.

Religious Life 35


All women students, except those living at home, and all entering freshman
men take their meals in the College Dining Hall. During the second semester
fraternity pledges eat some of their meals in fraternity houses. The Dining
Hall is an air-conditioned one-story brick building, which can accommodate
750 people at one sitting. Breakfast and lunch are served cafeteria style;
dinners are served family style three times a week.


One of the principal objectives of Gettysburg College is to provide students
with an opportunity to grow in their understanding of their own religious
tradition, and that of others. The student's encounter with religious concepts
different from his own may be an unsettling experience. These ideas should
not destroy his faith, but provide him with an opportunity to think about
convictions and commitments he may previously have taken for granted.
The integration of the knowledge which reason provides and the knowledge
to which faith bears witness is a part of the work of the College years. The
goal is a maturity of both faith and reason and a style of life reflective of
this wholeness.

36 Religious Life

Opportunities for corporate worship are provided in the College Chapel
and in the churches of the local community. Services are held in Christ
Chapel each Sunday and at various times during the week, and are led by
the Chaplain, student and faculty assistants, and the Chapel Choir. The
Chapel, which seats 1,250, also houses the Chaplain's office and work and
discussion rooms. It is open for meditation and prayer until late evening.

Ministers and priests in the community also participate in serving the
students, and most of the denominations have student groups which meet
weekly for study and fellowship.

The Chapel Council Representatives of the classes and of denominational
groups meet weekly to counsel the Chaplain concerning corporate worship
and to administer a wide-ranging program expressive of religious concern.
The Council conducts the College /Town Tutorial Program for local junior and
senior high school pupils in academic difficulty, and sponsors the Knoxville
Exchange in cooperation with a predominantly Negro college in Tennessee.
Its Fall and Spring Lecture Series bring to the campus eminent speakers who
discuss matters of pressing concern, generally from the Christian perspective.
During both the fall and spring semesters the Council presents its Seminars
on Love and Marriage and on Basic Christian Theology.

The Council also operates a campus study-discussion area, The In, which
becomes a coffee house on Saturday evenings. It is responsible for the
"Deacons," a group of students who prepare and lead worship services; the
World University Service drive; Junto, a monthly journal of opinion; and
field trips to centers of creative religious activity. Such opportunities for
worship, study, service, and fellowship provide a context for growth toward
maturity in religious concern and experience.





Student Government 37


A vital part of any community is, of course, its government. The students of
Gettysburg College are proud of the provisions for self-government which
exist on the campus — a condition which reflects the faculty's and adminis-
tration's belief in democratic action and in the maturity of students. A liberal
arts education should help develop a person's critical sense, his ability to
reason and to think for himself, and his ability to make wise decisions. One
important application of this education is self-government, which gives the
student an opportunity to express opinions, to initiate action, and to practice
being a good citizen of a community. A liberal education must help produce
responsible citizens; self-government in a college community provides a
practice ground. Gettysburg students have responded positively to this
philosophy, and student government plays a vital and increasing role in the
life of the campus community.

It is important that each member of the college community accept his
responsibility. At Gettysburg students participate by exercising their right
to vote for class officers, Student Senate executive officers, Honor Com-
mission members, and other delegates; they voice opinions and submit
constructive criticisms in appropriate ways; they support and participate
in student affairs.

Student Senate

The Student Senate, the principal unit in student government at Gettys-
burg College, works in cooperation with the administration and faculty to
bring to the campus community a well-organized and democratic form of
student government. It represents the students in forming school policies
and works to promote cooperation among administration, faculty, and
students. Members of the Senate frequently attend meetings of the Faculty
Student Affairs Committee and work with that Committee and the College
administration in planning improvements in the area of student life.

The Senate conducts class elections, nominates candidates for outstanding
achievement awards, and plans and coordinates such campus activities as
Father's Day, Mother's Day, and Homecoming. Members of the Senate
represent the student body on several faculty committees.

The Student Senate is a representative body. The president, vice president,
secretary, and treasurer are selected through campus-wide elections. Other
voting members of the Senate are the presidents and two representatives
from each of the four classes, the chairman of the Honor Commission, the
chairman of the Student Union Board, the president of the Interfraternity

38 Student Government

Council, the president of the Panhellenic Council, and the president of the
Women's Student Government Council. Nonvoting members, who represent
various campus organizations, attend Senate meetings, act as links of com-
munication between their groups and the Senate, and take part in dis-
cussions. Although certain designated representatives are expected to attend
Senate meetings, all Student Senate meetings are open to any student who
wishes to attend, to present ideas, and to participate in discussions.

One of the important functions of the Student Senate is to allocate funds
from the Student Chest to student organizations on campus. The fee for this
fund is included in the comprehensive fee.

The Student Senate also has over-all responsibility for such other functions
of student government as the Honor Commission and the Student Conduct

The Honor Commission The Honor Commission, a board of nine students,
and faculty advisers, promotes and enforces the academic honor system at
Gettysburg College. The nine students, who must first meet certain qualifica-
tions, are elected by the student body. All reported honor code violations
are tried before this Commission. Any student convicted of a violation may
appeal his case to a faculty-administration Appeal Board.

The Student Conduct Board This committee handles disciplinary cases within
the student body, including all individual or group violations of College rules
and civil laws. The Board is composed of the president of Student Senate,
representatives from the Women's Student Government Council, Interfrater-
nity Council, and Panhellenic Council, and six other students, who have met
certain qualifications, elected by the Student Senate. Decisions of the Student
Conduct Board are reviewed by a faculty-administration Review Board,
whose action is final in all cases. The essential elements of "due process" are
included in the procedures of both Boards. Student Conduct Board members
also make recommendations to the College administration concerning
College rules and regulations.

Women's Student Government Council Every undergraduate woman is a mem-
ber of the Women's Student Government Association. Each spring the
women elect class representatives to the Women's Student Government
Council, the executive body of the association. This Council establishes and
aids in the implementation of the residence hall social regulations of the
women students. A variety of campus activities is sponsored by WSGC. Its
most important function, however, is that of a sounding board for student
concern in all areas. The president of each residence unit is a member of
WSGC and, along with her Council, serves as a means of direct communica-
tion between WSGC and dorm government.

Student Government 39

Interfraternity Council

The responsibility for governing the fraternity system of Gettysburg College
is assumed by the Interfraternity Council, an organization composed of one
representative and one alternate from each social fraternity. This Council
formulates and administers general policies by which all the fraternities on
campus abide. It also serves as a representative of the social fraternal groups
to the student body, the College, and the community. During the school
year it sponsors campus activities such as the IFC Ball and IFC Weekend.

Panhellenic Council

The responsibility for governing the sorority system at Gettysburg College
is assumed by the Panhellenic Council, on which each social sorority is
represented by an alumna and two student representatives. This Council
establishes and enforces the "rushing" regulations and functions as a govern-
ing body in all matters involving sororities and intersorority relations.

40 Cultural Activities


The members of a college community must constantly be aware that they
are living in an active, changing world, a world teeming with new ideas and
new discoveries. Also, they must not forget that this world is one which has
been shaped and influenced by the past. Through its lecture program, which
complements classroom study, the College brings to the campus each year
well-known scholars, travelers, and outstanding figures in public life. In this
way, the College extends the student's view beyond the classroom and the
confines of the College community.

In addition to the general lecture series sponsored by the College, the
following special lectures are given regularly:

The Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lectures An endowment provided by Clyde
E. (1913) and Sara A. Gerberich supports a series of lectures and other pro-
grams in the Department of History. The lectures are dedicated to the
memory of Dr. Robert Fortenbaugh (1913), who served the College for
thirty-three years as Chairman of the Department of History. Each year
since 1962 an authority on the Civil War period has lectured on some phase
of American life a century ago. These lectures, presented in November to
coincide with the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, are
open to the public.

Stuckenberg Lecture A bequest from Mary G. Stuckenberg in memory of her
husband, the Rev. J. H. W. Stuckenberg, enables the College to sponsor a
lecture on some phase of sociology from the standpoint of Christian ethics.

Bell Lecture A fund from the estate of the Rev. Peter G. Bell (1 860) was given
to 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 of the Christian
ministry and the conditions of the age qualifying that demand."

John B. Zinn Seminars These seminars have been established by the Chem-
istry Department in honor of John B. Zinn (1909), Professor of Chemistry,
Emeritus. Men of outstanding ability in the field of Chemistry are invited
to present seminars on topics of current interest to the students, faculty, and
invited guests.

Performing Arts

In a college community the performing arts have a significant place, for
they offer an unusual opportunity for thought, learning, and expression to

Above left: Bishop James A. Pike delivers an ad-
dress during the 7967 Religious Emphasis Week.
Above right: John Akar, playwright and actor,
speaks with a Gettysburg student and faculty member.
Center: The Lucas Hoving Dancers perform at Get-
tysburg in March, 1967. Opposite: Pete Seeger pre-
sents a program in the Student Union Building.

42 Cultural Activities

1966 Calendar of Cultural Events

January 7 Film Subscription Series. The Victors (American)

February 4 Film Subscription Series. Bridge on the River Kwai (British)

February 7-9 Chapel Council Spring Lectures. Robert Theobald, British Socio-

Economist, The Cybernetic Revolution
February 10-26 Art Exhibit. Works of Malcolm G.Jackson, Allentown, Pennsylvania

February 14 S & H Foundation Lecture. Edgar S. Furniss, Jr., Director, Mershon

Social Science Program, Ohio State University, France's Role in

Western Defense
February 15 Cultural Film. France: The Faces of Love

February 20 Concert. The Gettysburg College Choir

February 25 Film Subscription Series. Grapes of Wrath (American)

March 4 Concert. Program of sacred music by the Washington and Lee

University Glee Club
March 7 S & H Foundation Lecture. M. Andre Philip, Professor of Economics,

The Sorbonne, and former Finance Minister of France and Minister

of the National Economy, France and the Economic Integration of Europe
March 8 Cultural Film. Greece: The Inner World

March 10-12 Owl and Nightingale Players. The Lark

March 14 Cultural Film. Sweden: Fire and Ice

March 15-April 2 Art Exhibit. Mid-State Art Association of Central Pennsylvania
March 16 Pops Concert. The Gettysburg College Concert Band

March 18 Film Subscription Series. The Trial (American)

March 20 Concert. The Gettysburg College Chapel Choir and Concert Or-

chestra, Brahms German Requiem.

March 21 Community Concert Series. Leonard Rose, cellist

March 23 Awareness Week Lecture. Martin Williams, Saturday Review Jazz

Critic, A Listener's Introduction to Jazz

March 24 Awareness Week Lecture. The Rev. John G. Gensel, Minister to the

Jazz Community for the Lutheran Church in America, The Use of
Jazz in Church Work
March 24 Awareness Week Jazz Workshop. Billy Taylor, jazz pianist

March 24 Awareness Week Concert. The Billy Taylor Trio

March 25 Awareness Week Concert. The Coleman Hawkins Quartet

March 28 S & H Foundation Lecture. Henri Peyre, Sterling Professor of

French, Yale University, France's Image of Her Role in Western Culture

March 29 Cultural Film. Japan: The Frozen Moment

March 31 -April 2 Owl and Nightingale Players. The Boy Friend

April 14 Cultural Film. India: Haunting Passage

April 15 Drama. Frans Reynders, Mime

April 20 Concert. Indiana University Singers

April 29 Film Subscription Series. The Life of Emile £ola (French)

May 1-13 Art Exhibit and Lecture. One-man exhibition of recent paintings of
Jack Davis, Assistant Dean of Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Cultural Activities A2>

May 1

May 5-7

May 6

May 8

May 12

June 5

June 5

September 15

September 22

September 25

September 30

October 2

October 5

October 9

October 10

October 10

October 1 1

October 18

October 20

October 27-29

October 30

November 1-23

November 6

November 13

November 16

November 19

November 20

November 20

December 2

December 5-8

December 10-1 1

December 12

Concert. The Gettysburg College Concert Band

Owl and Nightingale Players. The Importance of Being Earnest

Recital. Fred Coulter, pianist, composer, and lecturer

Concert. The Gettysburg College Concert Orchestra

Spring Honors Day Convocation. N. Neiman Craley, Jr., United
States Congressman, Pennsylvania

Baccalaureate. Chaplain John W. Vannorsdall

Commencement. Sanford S. Atwood, President, Emory University

Opening Convocation. President C. A. Hanson

Danforth Lecture. John Akar, playwright and actor, director of the
Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service, and head of the Sierra Leone
Museum, America Through an African's Eyes

Performing Arts Film Series. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre and
To Hear Your Banjo Play

Concert. Pete Seeger, folk musician

Performing Arts Film Series. Horse Feathers and The Blues

Lecture. Valery Tarsis, Russian critic and writer

Performing Arts Film Series. Alan in a Cocked Hat

Drama. The White Devil

Chapel Council Lecture. The Right Reverend William Crittenden,

Episcopal Bishop of Erie, Pennsylvania, A Christian Perspective on War

and Peace with Particular Reference to Viet Nam.

Chapel Council Lecture. Thompson Bradley, Assistant Professor of
Russian Literature-Language, Swarthmore College, Barriers to Peace

Community Concert Series. New York Pro Musica

Fall Honors Convocation. James A. Perrott, Supreme Bench of

Baltimore City, Law and Liberty

Owl and Nightingale Players. Look Homeward Angel

Performing Arts Film Series. M and Pow Wow

Art Exhibit. Collection of contemporary prints, Roten Gallery,

Baltimore, Maryland

Performing Arts Film Series. Two Daughters

Performing Arts Film Series. Under the Black Mask, Dance Contest in

Esira, and The Day Manolete Was Killed

Pops Concert. The Gettysburg College Band

Fortenbaugh Memorial Lecture. Roy F. Nichols, Professor Emeritus

of American History, University of Pennsylvania, It is for Us the


Performing Arts Film Series. To Die in Madrid and Guernica

Concert. The Gettysburg College Chamber Orchestra

Bell Lecture. Paul Van Buren, Theologian, Temple University

Owl and Nightingale Players. One-Acts

Christmas Concert. College Choir, Chapel Choir, Brass Ensemble

Lecture. Donald F. Hornig, Special Assistant to President Johnson

for Science and Technology

44 Cultural Activities

occur at one and the same time. By sponsoring student organizations and
departmental programs, the College encourages students to participate in
the various disciplines of the performing arts. The College also brings to
campus each year performances in dance, drama, vocal and instrumental
music by professional groups and individuals. The program of performing
arts gives an opportunity for those students with special talent to develop
that talent and to share it with others. It also provides an opportunity for
those who enjoy dance, drama, and music to see and hear quality perfor-
mances by students and by artists who have received national and inter-
national recognition.

The Gettysburg College Choir The Gettysburg College Choir has received inter-
national recognition. This choir of approximately sixty men and women
appears at special services and gives concerts on campus. Each year it makes
a ten-day tour, presenting concerts in churches and schools. Auditions
for the College Choir are held at the beginning of each school year at which
time members are selected for voice quality, trueness of ear, musical feeling,
and general musical intelligence.

Chapel Choir The Chapel Choir performs at chapel services and at special
services and concerts during the year. The members of this choir are also
selected on the basis of ability and willingness to meet the rehearsal and ser-
vice requirements.

Bands Auditions for College bands are held each September, acceptance
being based upon instrumental achievement in tone, technique, and musi-
cianship. The Concert Band performs at College convocations and in the
Christmas program, presents concerts, and makes an annual concert tour in
Pennsylvania and adjacent states. The Marching Band performs at football
games, rallies and parades, and hosts an annual High School Band Day.

Orchestra The Gettysburg College Orchestra performs concerts throughout
the academic year. Membership is open to all students who have the neces-
sary proficiency. Auditions are held at the beginning of each school year.

The Owl and Nightingale Players Established in 1914, the Owl and Nightin-
gale each year offers four major productions under the Director of Drama.
The program is a varied one, with works drawn from classical, contemporary,
avant garde, and musical theatre presented annually. In addition to the
major productions, the Players also offer a Laboratory Theatre which pro-
duces a dozen one-act plays each year, many of which are frankly experi-
mental and some of which are the work of campus playwrights. In both
major and laboratory productions students are afforded the opportunity of
gaining experience in all areas of theatre, from acting and directing to scene

Student Communication Media 45

design, lighting, costuming, and publicity. Casts for all productions are
chosen by open tryouts, and newcomers are almost always to be found along-
side veteran performers.

Modern Dance Group Included in the performing arts program is the Modern
Dance Group which, through workshops and performances, encourages
students to participate in dance and to see modern dance performed.


Every community needs means of keeping its members in contact with each
other and with the rest of the world. On the Gettysburg campus students
receive world and campus news, information, and opinions through the
campus newspapers and radio station; they read ideas and opinions of their
contemporaries in the College literary magazine and scholarly journal; they
receive a record of their yearly activities through the College yearbook.
These media not only inform the members of the community, but they also
offer them an opportunity to express their ideas effectively and to learn the
practical aspects of working with newspapers, radio stations, magazines, and

46 Student Organizations and Activities

The Gettysburgian The College newspaper is staffed by students, who are
responsible for editing, feature writing, news writing, layout, personnel
management, subscription management, and circulation. This newspaper
is published weekly and carries news, feature articles, and editorials con-
cerning the faculty, student body, and campus activities.

The Mercury The campus literary magazine is published three times a year.
The poems, short stories, essays, and illustrations published in The Mercury
are contributed mostly by students, although faculty members also make
contributions. The editorial staff of students encourages creative writing
within the campus community.

The Gettysburg Review A biannual scholarly journal fashioned after the
academic quarterly reviews, The Gettysburg Review is the major concern of
the Academic Publishing Board, a group of students interested in publishing
student academic work of outstanding merit for the benefit of the College
community. The activities of this Board are sponsored by the Student

The Spectrum The College yearbook records many phases of College life.
The yearbook, like the other publications, is staffed entirely by students.
The Spectrum offers opportunities for students interested in feature and sports
writing, editing, layout, photography, typing, and advertising. A copy is
distributed to students in the spring each year.

WWGC The College radio station is the voice of the campus. Student
managed and staffed, it broadcasts a variety of programs throughout each
week from its fully equipped studios in the Student Union Building. WWGC
is organized like a professional radio station and offers positions for an-
nouncers, disc jockeys, newscasters, engineers, music librarians, and typists,
as well as jobs in production, continuity, and advertising.


Honorary Organizations

A college community is primarily a community of scholars who pursue
the goals of a liberal education and develop proficiency in a particular field
of interest. In such a community, all scholars are honored but especially
those who have achieved high academic performance. An honorary society,
as the term implies, honors scholars, and membership in it also carries
honor. These societies, some national and some local, have been established
to recognize individual scholastic achievement and to motivate students

to achieve academic excellence. Although honorary organizations differ in
their specific requirements for membership, most of them require academic
competence in general plus academic excellence in one particular field.

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa, established on the Gettysburg College campus on
January 11, 1923, is the highest academic honorary fraternity. Normally
not over ten per cent of the senior class may be elected to membership each
year. Candidates for Phi Beta Kappa must be candidates for the Bachelor of
Arts degree. These candidates must show promise of both intellectual and

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