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Photo Needs

Filed under: Uncategorized April 12, 2012 @ 1:36 am


5 students
1 professor
assorted desk items

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Character Biography

Filed under: Uncategorized April 9, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

Here is my character for the recreation:
My name is Julia Richardson, and I am a graduating senior in Psychology. I have not yet
found a serious boyfriend, but I am looking. I hope to be a housewife, though I would not
mind being a grade-school teacher. I am 21 and my interests include singing in the choir,
working with the radio station, and painting.

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Picture Choices

Filed under: Uncategorized April 9, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

Here’s the two pictures I thought we could recreate:

Girls in Ball Hall in gowns

Professor with students

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Research Log 4

Filed under: Uncategorized February 20, 2012 @ 9:22 pm


Primarily, I have been sifting through my huge folder of printouts this week and categorizing them for use on the site. This also includes preparing to digitize some of the many illustrations and photos found in the Bullet and touching them up. I’ve also printed out a handful of advertisements, which can make the page look more authentic. They include a form for a mail-in dating service, an ad for the opening of the Park and Shop, and others.

The majors we have decided to focus on are English, Education, Chemistry, and Home Economics. The major I have the most information on right now is English, but I will go back and search for information on the other majors if my group is lacking in information about them. As for English, here are some of the things the Bullet talked about for the major in the 1960’s:

In 1963, sophomores required to take an English or American Literature class get more class options, including “Short Fiction, The Novel, Shakespeare, Tragedy, Comedy and Satire, and English Literature of the Romantic and Victorian Periods.” (Armistead, 1963)

In 1965, the department “modernizes” by adding classes on English language structure and changing literature classes to be more comprehensive. There was a requirement for students to present oral reports on twenty books over the course of the major, and this requirement is changed to only ten books. (Editors, 1965)

English Independent Study (ENGL 490) is added in 1968. The material in the course is up to the individual, but the department requires at least one paper to be written about the work during the semester. The course is open to anyone who has passed Freshman English 111 and has an overall 2.5 GPA in English. (Lillicrapp 1968)

On a general note, the faculty associated with the Honors program lowered the Honors average in 1965. “The grade point average of Honors Program applicants was reduced from 2.5 in their major to 2.25. The overall grade point average will remain at 2.0.” (Editors, “Faculty Lowers…” 1965)

Lillicrapp, Vicki. “Study English Independently!.” The Bullet, December 13, 1968.
Armistead, Susan. “New Courses.” The Bullet, May 4, 1963.
Bullet Editors, “Department Modernizes.” The Bullet, March 6, 1965.
Bullet Editors, “Faculty Lowers Honors Average.” The Bullet, March 20, 1965.

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What the 1960’s decided on

Filed under: Uncategorized February 13, 2012 @ 6:45 pm

Here is a list of the things we’ve decided on:

  • The site will be set up in a somewhat interactive manner, but still allow the visitor to progress through the material in a nonlinear fashion if desired. The interactive features will be things like “choosing” a major (which leads to information about that major in the 1960’s), extracurriculars, or a dorm building.
  • Choosing one option over another ultimately doesn’t influence anything else, we just want to include this for a more immersing experience.
  • Each of us will write different sections of the website using the information we’ve collected.
  • There will be a “Here’s what students say” section that will include quotes from the interviewees Samantha gets in touch with.
  • We are going to meet
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Research Log #2

Filed under: Uncategorized February 6, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

Unattributed photograph, from the February 17, 1969 issue of The Bullet

I have gotten through all of the 1968 and 1969 editions of The Bullet that were available on microfilm. I wanted to continue in these later issues to track the 4-1-4 issue, and I did find some answers. Unfortunately, all my questions about this change were not answered.

Here’s a refresher on what 4-1-4 means: This was a proposal set forth in the 1960’s to change the term schedule to three terms of four months and a one month “intersession” in the middle. This intersession could be used for independent study or further study in one’s concentration. The plan also included recommendations like making exams and class attendance optional.

In February of 1969, the SGA Curriculum Committee approved the proposal for the 4-1-4 plan. The plan then was to face the Faculty Curriculum Committee and then the whole faculty for a vote. Some highlights recommended in this plan were a Liberal Arts Seminar to be taken by freshmen (the precursor to FSEM classes here, maybe?), 3 hours a week of a required extracurricular activity of the student’s choice, and required foreign language. 120 credits were needed for graduation. As for Intersessions,”The credit for work done during intersession varies according to the project. One course usually will be accorded 4 credits. Intersessions need not be taken in residence.” (Tomalonis 1969)

Unfortunately, this is the last mention I saw of the plan for the rest of 1969. I am going to go to Special Collections after class tomorrow to ask advice on how to find more about this and to look at the card catalog for more info on classroom policies.

Another article that interested me was called “Room for Scholars?” in February of 1969. This article was an opinion piece in which the author criticized her peers’ lack of intellectualism. “Among social happenings, grade grubbing, and campus activities, the student who learns for learning’s sake, who has a mind like a hungry man, is too often considered abnormal.” (Antley 1969) The author refers to a study that was conducted in the psychology department on the habits of psychology students. The study found that “half of the students did not complete the material assigned last semester; although…their reading load was no heavier than for the regular sections.” (Antley 1969) Sounds familiar!  She closes the article by saying that if there was more of a spirit of learning in the college, “national newsmen [wouldn’t] refer to us as ‘Martha Washington College.'” I guess that actually happened, which is kind of funny. I think this article paints a fuller picture of the classroom experience because it brings to light the perception of students in this decade. At least for this one writer, her peers seemed to be uninterested in pursuing learning for the sake of learning. This could be an important nuance for piecing together the classroom in the 1960’s.

My next course of action is to go to Special Collections to figure out what happened to the 4-1-4 proposal and to select articles for the remainder of the decade. I also plan to skim as much as I can of the rest of the 1960’s Bullet, as I think it gives a definite sense of what student life was like in those years. I found a lot of interesting information, but most of it was not directly associated with the classroom. I really enjoy looking through the Bullet, even though I tend to get sucked in for hours and end up with Microfilm machine-induced motion sickness.

From the Feburary 24, 1969 issue of The Bullet. Citation below.


Antley, Tracy. “Room for scholars?.” The Bullet, February 17, 1969.

Tomalonis, First. “Committee approves 4-1-4.” The Bullet, February 24, 1969.

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Research Log 1

Filed under: Uncategorized January 27, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

Looking at the entire Bullet archives for the 1960’s is a big task! To start, I just looked at several issues at random to see the types of articles I would get, the general setup of the paper in the 1960’s, and some of the subject matter that would come up. I was not able to figure out the exact amount of papers in the 1960’s, but I would assume (with 15-week semesters and one paper a week) there are about 30 a school year, and about 300 for the decade. Obviously, I cannot look through all of these in this short of a time, so I will be using the physical card catalog available in Special Collections to look up articles based on subject once my group and I talk about what subjects we want to focus on. Though the amount of material is immense, I would still love to just browse as much as I can and find extra articles.

I began looking at 1968, simply because that was on the reel the library worker helped me load into the machine. I found some articles directly about degree requirements and academic structure. Specifically, there were several articles referencing changing the university to a “4-1-4” structure, in which each semester is 4 months, with a 1-month “intersession” in the middle. During the intersession, students could pursue independent projects within her own study area. There was also discussion of making class attendance completely optional and allowing students the option to schedule their own tests and exams. I want to find out what happened to this proposal (though, since this was towards the end of the 60’s, it might travel into the 70’s) or if any of the proposed ideas were implemented. I think this will definitely help us understand the academic structure better at MWC at this time and highlight the areas in which students were frustrated with the structure.

Also going on in November 1968 was a proposed rifle range and a mock presidential election, in which Nixon was favored. Some articles reference the “C-Shop”, which I have heard of but know nothing about. I would like to explore that further as well.

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Introduction Post!

Filed under: Uncategorized January 20, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

Hello! My name is Sara and I’m a senior WGST major.

I originally come from the suburbs of Richmond, VA, but I am currently living in a tiny apartment downtown. I have three rats named Annie, Talulah, and Tina.

I love music, and my favorite band is currently Talking Heads. (Tina got her name from the bassist of the band because I ran out of other names and I’m absolutely obsessed right now.)

I am currently working on my WGST capstone, which is focused on gender and sexuality in video art. Last semester I worked on short-form videos, and this semester I am expanding into a more series-based approach. It sounds fun and fancy, but it really is a lot of work!

Here’s a picture of Talulah and Tina hanging out in a pant leg. (No, I can’t really tell them apart, but I know it’s them because Annie lives separately from them right now because they’re new.)

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Filed under: Uncategorized January 20, 2012 @ 12:11 am

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