This Week In History at R-MC

After searching through The Yellow Jacket archives in Randolph-Macon’s Special Collections, The Yellow Jacket shares what was newsworthy at this time of the year throughout the decades.

The Yellow Jacket, September 25, 1930

The administration is happily surprised that 246 students enroll for the 1930-1931 school year. With the country’s poor economic conditions and Virginia’s crop depression, this is a higher enrollment number than the college had expected. R-MC is busy preparing for its centennial celebration in October, but students and faculty are upset that President Hoover has canceled his plans to speak at the college during the celebration ceremony.

The Yellow Jacket, September 20, 1940

R-MC welcomes its second European refugee student. Eric Reiss, a refugee of Vienna, fled Austria for England in 1938, immediately following the German invasion. In 1939, when England went to war with Germany, Reiss and his family fled to the United States.

The Yellow Jacket, September 22, 1950

The Yellow Jackets prepare for their highly anticipated opening season football game against the University of Richmond on September 23. Students are welcomed back to campus with $7,200 worth of renovations in the Thomas Branch dormitory.

The Yellow Jacket, September 18, 1970

Senior student, Richard Clark, is appointed by President Nixon to the Presidential Commission for the Observance of the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations.

Female visitation hours are published. Females are allowed in the dormitories on Fridays from 3:00 PM-12:00 AM, Saturdays from 12:00 PM-12:00 AM, and Sundays from 1:00 PM-6:00 PM.

The annual concert program is announced and The Allman Brothers Band is set to play in the Crenshaw Gym on October 24. The band cost the school between $3,250 and $4,075 and tickets will be available to students for $20 each.

The Yellow Jacket, September 26, 1980

Ground is broken for the construction of the new Estes dining hall.Tuition increases $800, making the 1980-1981 tuition a total of $5,520.

The Yellow Jacket, September 1990

On September 28, a chicken runs wild for several hours in the Mary Branch South basement. It causes pandemonium amongst both residents and campus safety officers. 3 R-MC students are charged with misdemeanors for skinny dipping in Ashland Towne Square.

The Yellow Jacket, September 22, 2000

Ralph Nader speaks to R-MC students in the Brock Center on September 17.

Students worry that the new firewall on the R-MC internet will restrict their usage of Napster.

The Yellow Jacket, September 24, 2011

On September 18, Wiz Khalifa performs in the Alumni Gym. The concert is free for R-MC students and is co-sponsored by the Campus Events Committee and Kappa Alpha Order. The gym gets so full that hundreds of students are denied admission. On September 19, a portion of Ashland is closed down due to filming for a Lifetime Channel movie.

-Emily Hewitt ’16, Copy Editor

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