October 14, 2010 Volume CXXVIII Issue 5

KIDNAPPED!

Rucker bust goes missing again, courtesy of Georgetown College Art Department
By HILLARY JONES
Supporter of Deliquency
Source: Juilee Decker

The tradition of kidnapping of the Rucker bust spans at least a 50 year time frame. The bust went missing in 1960, above, and has been “stolen” again this year. Note the empty 2010 pedestal, below.

Homecoming is a time for traditions at Georgetown College. For Dr. Juilee Decker’s Curatorial Studies class, some less well-known traditions have been the focus of their efforts this semester.

Since 2005, the students in Curatorial Studies have presented art exhibitions based on a specific topic.

This year, the class is turning its attention to the history of rules and regulations at Georgetown College in an exhibit titled “By the Book: 150 Years of Rules, Regulations & GC Student Life.”

According to Dr. Decker, “This proved quite challenging because the topic for the exhibition is not entirely focused or well-documented, such as an historic structure or event, nor is the focus on a specific population, such as alums from a certain dorm or major or club. Students in this class were charged with the task of weaving disparate threads of narratives into a coherent, factual and insightful visual document, that is, an exhibition focusing on the rules of the college and how students might have abided by them…or not.”

Each student in the class focused on a different area of research for their project: sophomore Celisa Bowen studied early history and responded to student surveys, senior David Gardner came up with alumni questions and worked on installation, junior Bess McHone coordinated the women’s regulations section and interpreted women’s rules, senior Jacob Pankey coordinated the men’s regulations section (notably less extensive than women’s regulations) and assisted with planning a fireside chat and senior Weezie Payton helped with obtaining materials for the exhibit.

The exhibition is currently open in the Cochenour Gallery in the LRC to coincide with Homecoming activities at Georgetown, and there will be a reception tomorrow, Oct. 15 from 12-2 p.m. The exhibit features early college catalogs, which had no specific guidelines concerning student behavior, as well as the earliest rule books, which begin to outline detailed regulations for student behavior on campus. A good portion of these rules were focused on the behavior of the female students.

Feel free to sit and peruse the copies of old yearbooks and G-books (as the rule books were called) in the Gallery. You may find some rules that seem strange, such as “No musical instrument may be played in residence rooms. Pianos are to be used for pleasure only; never for practice,” or that students were penalized if their rooms were not “in order” by 9:30 a.m. each day.

Another feature of the exhibit pays homage to the class of 1960, who will be having their 50-year reunion this year, and also to the tradition of stealing the bust of J.J. Rucker, whose name is still found at the entrance to South Campus where a women’s dorm used to stand bearing his name. The bust was “borrowed” for the exhibit from its present-day home in the Colbert Room in Cralle Student Center.

Other highlights include responses from alumni to a survey about rules and regulations at Georgetown College and evidence of past rules or violations of them. There will also be a Fireside Chat with Jack “Doc” Birdwhistell, Georgetown Alumus and professor in the Religion Department, at 1 p.m. during tomorrow’s reception.

The exhibit presents a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of the Georgetown of the past and can link current and former Georgetown students. As Jacob Pankey says, “It’s for everyone who’s ever broken a rule…”

And while surely none of you have ever done so, this exhibit will still certainly be worth a visit.

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