“Spaces and Places” explores buildings of GC’s past, present and futureBy TORI BACHMAN-JOHNSON
As construction workers place the nal touches on the Rucker Village housing project of 2011, the Georgetown College community has the chance to take a peek into the history of the College’s buildings and structures dating back to the 1800s.
This Friday, Sept. 23 marks the opening of “From the Ground Up: Georgetown College’s Spaces and Places.” The exhibit, created by the nine students of Dr. Juilee Decker’s curatorial class, will feature information about and items from past, present and future structures on GC’s campus, including the old and new Chapel, Student Center, Hinton Field, Pawling Hall, Rucker Hall and Rucker Village.
Visitors to the opening reception, scheduled for 12-2 p.m. on Friday in the LRC’s Cochenour Gallery, have much to look forward to, including a 1 p.m. Fireside chat featuring the curatorial class students in character as Georgetown Collegerelated gures from the past. Terrell Taylor, for instance, will step into the shoes of Isaachar Pawling, donor for Pawling Hall. Opening reception attendees will also have the chance to win a prize if they answer a number of questions about the GC spaces and places featured in the exhibit.
The class brings together students from several different majors, especially history and art, in a quest to prepare the exhibit named for them, as tradition dictates, by the previous year’s curatorial studies class. Past exhibits have centered on the home economics major, rules and regulations, and art and theatre traditions. Each exhibit poses its own unique challenges.
For the current curatorial class, those challenges include completing the exhibit under several time constraints. The class exhibits always open during Homecoming week, which arrived early this year, nearly cutting in half the class’s preparation time. Just a few days before their opening reception, curatorial class students were searching in storage and archives for the nal pieces to add to their exhibit, including red velvet seats that used to sit in the Chapel and composite pictures from the turn of the century.
But overriding the frustration of such challenges is the excitement of discovering “artifacts” and information about GC’s spaces and places that connect campus buildings and structures to people and memories of the past. Searching through scrapbooks, issues of The Georgetonian, copies of The Belle of the Blue, and college brochures and catalogs, students pieced together the human side of GC structures.
Senior Portia Watson was especially interested in the discovery of a student-written text concerning Professor Rucker, for whom Rucker Hall was named. Rucker was an advocate of coeducation, arguing that female and male students should be able to take the same classes at the college. The author of the text (which was written around the 1890s) thanked Rucker for convincing the Georgetown College community of the time that women were capable of intellectual thought on the same level as men.
With the nearing completion of Rucker Village, named for the longdestroyed Rucker Hall, the exhibit is especially timely. Soon-to-be residents of Rucker Village can learn “The Rucker Hall Song” from circa 1962, while the English, History and Religion majors of Pawling Hall might be interested to note that their favorite building on campus was once set on re during a student protest. Ultimately, in the midst of Homecoming festivities, the curatorial class’s “Spaces and Places” exhibit lends insight into the campus structures that GC students call home.
Songfest goes to infinity and beyond!
By CAITLIN KNOX
“I found the perfect pants!” Rachel Floyd, a sohopmore in Phi Mu, made a trip to Goodwill on Monday and claims she has found the perfect pair of pants for her Songfest ensemble. She saw plenty of other Georgetown students at Goodwill on the same mission: nding just the right outt for the upcoming show.
Yes, it is that time of the year already! Songfest is this Friday, Sept. 23. The performance will be held at John L. Hill Chapel, and tickets are $5. It will begin at 7:30pm. And don’t forget about the Songfest Dress Rehearsal at 7 p.m. Thursday. It’s free of charge for students; just bring your G-Card. Most students prefer the Thursday show over the real thing because it is not judged. Performers are bound to miss lines and almost everyone adds something that you won’t see in the Friday performance.
Songfest is a long-time tradition here at Georgetown College and can get pretty competitive. All of our sororities, fraternities, independents and freshmen will be represented in their own skit featuring the college and this year’s theme “Out of this World.”
Last year, Knight Hall had nerds, jocks and someone in a banana suit. Can the Knight Hall ladies turn up the heat even more this year? According to freshman Micah Crawford, Anderson Hall has fteen men that have already been asked to tone it down. “They told us we were too intense, people just couldn’t handle Anderson.”
Sorority women are preparing for the big night by nailing down choreography and polishing their scripts. Last year featured elaborate makeup, hair and costumes to t the “Welcome to the Jungle” theme. In general most sororities have at least 90 percent of their members up on stage, and are known for being very dedicated to getting a good score.
The fraternities are getting prepared as well. The Phi Kappa Tau’s have everyone in the fraternity helping out in some way, from building props, working backstage and performing the skit. The KA’s are ready too. Kaliff Brown is a sophomore KA member, and this is his rst time performing in Songfest. Speaking for the fraternity as a whole, he said “We always focus on humor and try to win. But it is ultimately on the judges… the student vote is what we are always after.”
The independents are trying something that has never been done before. They are combining the independent men and women to be judged as a whole. This means the Songfest skit will include residents of Flowers, Pierce, Collier, Allen, East and commuters. Everyone is excited about this, including Max Tsang, an Accounting major. “The dances and stuff are kind of fun.” He was not forced into this. “I want to do it. I was wanting to do backstage stuff, but it ended up being front stage, and I am ne with it.” Although they have a limited number of guys, the girls appreciate being able to include men’s roles in the skit. They hope this will be a new Georgetown tradition.
Citizens of Georgetown as well as our college staff have already bought tickets and are looking forward to Friday’s performance. Miss Jo, one of our beloved cafeteria ladies, says she attends Songfest every year. “I already got my tickets. I’ve got real good seats up front,” she told me as she handed me a plate. “I love Songfest.” Last year two freshmen from Anderson Hall made up a song about her legendary omelets, and Bill Ngha serenaded her. She said she will never forget it, and will be watching all of us proudly on Friday night.
So who will top the “The Kiss?” For people who did not witness Collier’s performance last year, there was a kiss planted on Mason Head by Jonathan Yelton the night of the dress rehearsal. The audience erupted in laughs, applause and gasps. It is the act that sticks out in everyone’s mind when they remember Songfest. What will happen this year? You don’t want to miss it.