Today in Milligan History
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Good Day, Milligan!
Proverbs 30:15-16 – The leech has two daughters. “Give! Give!” they cry. There are three things that are never satisfied, four that never say, “Enough!”’: the grave, the barren womb, land, which is never satisfied with water, and fire, which never says, “Enough!”
This is Friday, January 30, 2015, and on this day in Milligan history . . .
1926 The Stampede carried the lyrics of the Alma Mater with this unsigned commentary:
“Students of Milligan, what does the Alma Mater mean to you? The asking of this question is justified by its import. Let us consider and determine just what part the Alma Mater actually plays in our lives here at school. If that part is not what it should be, let us rectify that grievous error at once. Students, shall we be frank? At practically every singing of the Alma Mater this year, some of us have laughed at some irreverent something, or were totally indifferent as to what the song was that was being sung. Candidly, how many of us think that the proper thing? Few, if any, we dare venture. All right, then; without being lavishly sentimental, why can’t we, when the Alma Mater is being sung, stand reverently with stiffened back, and with respectful mien, sing to the glory of old Milligan? When the Alma Mater is ringing through the air, isn’t there a tear in the corner of your eye? Isn’t there a slight lump in your throat and a tugging at your heart’s strings? If there isn’t you don’t belong. You are of another breed.” The Stampede, Vol. I, No. 7, January 30, 1926.
1935 The Milligan College Sextet appeared at the President’s Ball at the John Sevier Hotel in Johnson City, TN. Members of the group were Ruth Walker (1935), Garnet “Sunshine” Williams (1935), Beatrice Rice (1937), Professor of Music Margaretta Wright, Dorothy Bennett (1937), and Elaine Turner (1937). The Milligan Stampede, Vol. I, No. 8, Friday, February 1, 1935.
1966 It was cold and snowy. In addition to the ten inches of snow that fell, in Elizabethton the mercury shriveled to point 12 degrees below zero. The Doe River froze. Public schools shut down until the middle of February. Frank Merritt (1947), Later History of Carter County 1865-1980 (Carter County Homecoming ’86 Project; Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 1986), 170.
1970 The Stampede reported that a flu epidemic laid low 200 Milligan College students during mid-January, right at the end of the Fall semester (which used to run over Christmas and into the new year). Ministering to the ailing student body was campus nurse Karen Nickolson. The Stampede, “Nurse Nickolson assists campus as ‘flu’ strikes 200 students,” January 30, 1970.
1970 Under the leadership of Student Council President John Banks (1970), Milligan College was on the verge of adopting a new dress code for the cafeteria. Subject to administration approval, the new code would “allow women to wear slacks or school dress to all meals Monday through Saturday. Men would be allowed to wear “school dress or casual wear,” but not “plain white tee shirts, sweatpants, or other athletic attire.” “Sunday noon dress for women would consist of Sunday dresses and for men a coat and tie or a coat and turtleneck. No tennis shoes would be allowed.” The Stampede, January 30, 1970.
2008 The white lettering, “Gregory Center” went up on the façade of the new Elizabeth Leitner Gregory Center for the Humanities at 400 Blowers Boulevard.
2013 Vice President for Student Development/Sports Development Mark Fox (1980; Milligan since 1998) announced that beginning in January 2014 Milligan College would add men’s volleyball to its sports program. The plan was for the team to be coached by current women’s head coach Doneva Bays (Milligan since 2008) with assistance from Mckayla Barber. Campus e-mail from Mark Fox, January30,2013
Birthdays: In 1863 Joseph Jastrow, the first person to earn a doctorate in psychology in the United States, in Warsaw, Poland . . . in 1882 Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Hyde Park, NY . . . in 1912 Barbara Tuchman in New York, NY . . . in 1939 Eleanor Smeal in Erie County, OH . . . in 1941 Richard Cheney in Lincoln, NE . . . Today is the birthday of Milligan College Professor of History Tim Dillon (ΦΑΘ, 1975) in Canton, OH . . . who shares the day with Milligan senior nursing major Jared Charles Abel, born in Charlotte, NC.
Elsewhere . . .
In 1800 the United Sates government issued census figures. The young country’s population stood at 5,308,483. Of that number 1,002,037 were slaves of African ancestry, 18.9% of the population.
In 1815 a gift of 6500 volumes from Thomas Jefferson started the Library of Congress.
In 1818 John Keats composed “When I have fears that I may cease to be / Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain . . . .”
In 1889 W. B. Yeats met Maude Gonne.
In 1933 President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler Chancellor of Germany.
In 1946 the United States mint issued the Franklin Roosevelt dime.
In 1958 the House of Lords admitted women. So when will they start calling it the House of Ladies and Lords?
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