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, October 1931

October 7- A new club called “The Northern Club” is formed on campus in order to “foster a cooperative spirit between boys of the northern United States and boys in the South.”

October 14- It is announced that students will receive a holiday on Monday, October 19 so that they may partake in the sesquicentennial celebrations in Yorktown.

October 28- 4 prominent R-MC football stars are suspended from the college for throwing water in the dormitories. This suspension comes just 3 days before R-MC’s big game against the University of Richmond.

The Yellow Jacket, October 1941

October 2- The Richmond Spiders defeat the Yellow Jackets 26-0 in front of a crowd of 5,000 people in Richmond.

October 17- Glenn Miller gives a “special welcome to the students at Randolph-Macon” during his Columbia Network Coast to Coast radio broadcast for Chesterfield cigarettes.

October 31- The R-MC football team prepares to go to Washington D.C. for a big game against American University.

The Yellow Jacket, October 1951

October 19- The H-SC Student Government and the R-MC Student Government decide to start holding annual meetings.

October 19- The fraternities receive $10 per house for decorations during Homecoming week. The fraternity house with the best decorations will receive a trophy at halftime.

The Yellow Jacket, October 1961

October 13- The newly constructed dormitory on campus is formally named Garland Hall.

October 20- It is announced that R-MC president, Dr. J. Earl Moreland, will leave November 11 for New Delhi, India to represent the Methodist Church at the Assembly of the World Council of Churches.

The Yellow Jacket, October 1971

October 15- R-MC welcomes 55 female students during the college’s first year as a co-ed school. In order to accommodate the female students, Mary Branch is selected as the new all-women’s dormitory.

October 27- A “food riot” begins in the college cafeteria due to student grievances about the quality of the school food. During this riot, food is thrown, dishes are broken, and tables are overturned. Nonetheless, it is reported that the quality of the food does not noticeably change after the incident, and that the administration simply dismisses the riot by stating it was a result of “one or two students getting exuberant.”

The Yellow Jacket, October 1981

October 8- The Yellow Jacket reports on students’ various pets around campus. The list includes a 5’9” boa constrictor that lives in a male student’s room in Moreland, and a tarantula that lives in a female student’s room in Conrad. There are also finches, hamsters, gerbils, and parakeets living in various dormitories across campus. The college’s only policy concerning pets is that they must be caged.

October 22- It is announced that all non-freshmen, non-fraternity men must pay $25 a semester to the Interfraternity Council in order to attend fraternity parties. The idea of this rule is to keep “sponges” out of the fraternities. Any upperclassman male who does not pay this fee may not attend a fraternity party.

The Yellow Jacket, October 1991

October 4- The Ashland Police Department begins a new program where they patrol the R-MC campus on their bicycles while wearing regular clothing.

Due to their lack of uniforms, the Ashland Police are able to make 29 alcohol-related student arrests during the month of September.

The Yellow Jacket, October 2001

October 12- Sheetz opens on Route 1.

October 12- Students complain about the lack of parking spots on campus and how parking stickers cost $25 per vehicle.

October 12- Student organizations, fraternities, sororities, and the SGA continue to raise money for the American Red Cross September 11th Fund through a schoolwide red, white, and blue paper chain link fundraiser.

-Emily Hewitt ’16, Copy Editor

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