Today in Milligan History (3/6)

Today in Milligan History

an ongoing project of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Good Day, Milligan!

Proverbs 6:12-15 — Troublemakers and villains, who go about with corrupt mouths,who wink maliciously with their eyes, signal with their feet and motion with their fingers, who plot evil with deceit in their hearts — they always stir up conflict.  Therefore disaster will overtake them in an instant; they will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy.

This is Thursday, March 6, 2014, and on this day in Milligan history . . . 


1935    Times have changed – for the better – since March 6, 1935 when the Milligan College “M” Club presented “Oxtail College,” a “negro minstrel” show.  Students who were involved in the shows, which continued right up into the 1960s, have since apologized for the insensitivity.  The Stampede, March 6, 1935, p. 1.


1966    An article by Ray Stahl in the Johnson City Press-Chronicle about the German Club at Milligan College featured a photograph of club president (Burschenoberst) Dan Sipes (1968), vice-president (Programmverwalterin) Judy Washler (1967); secretary-treasurer (Schriftwartin-Schatzmeisterin) Rita Spurling (1967), and Prof. Donald Shaffer (Milligan 1963-2009).  Press-Chronicle, March 6, 1966; and minutes of the Club meeting on October 9, 1965, unsigned, undated.


1996    According to a headline in the Stampede, “Milligan’s Annexation by The City of Elizabethton [was] Final.”  The Stampede, March 6, 1996. Submitted by ΦΑΘ E. J. Swatsell.


1997    Stampede reporter Marc Mooney (1998) reported on the new CiCi’s Pizza phenomenon in Johnson City. The restaurant had opened on the previous Valentine’s Day on Roan Street. “This place is great,” said Nic Tule (2000). “I ate here twice last Friday.”  On that day, one observer counted 30 Milligan College students with loaded trays. The secret was the $2.99 buffet: all you could eat of pizza, pasta, salad, and bread sticks.  Josh Bowling wondered if he could get a refund from Milligan’s meal plan and eat at Ci-Ci’s every day. “It’s cheap,” said senior Jenny Patterson (1997). “What more can you ask for?”  The Stampede Newsletter, March 6, 1997.


2010    Milligan College athlete France Makabu took 34th place in All-American honors on the final day of the 2010 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships inside the MSHA/Athletic Center.  With a triple-jump of 39’ 5” Makabu took fourth place, setting a new Milligan College record and a personal best. Austin Ellis narrowly missed the All-American mark in the 5000m run as his time of 15:00.63 placed him eighth in the final.

2010    Competing in St. Charles, MO, Milligan College’s Aqua Buffs finished the final day of competition at the 2010 NAIA Swimming and Diving National Championships on the campus of Lidenwood University with four new team records, which brought their total of new team records set during the event to 17. On the men’s side, Aaron Pigford (2012), Evan Alfano (2012),  Chris Fry, and Eron Cavanaugh finished just outside of the top ten with an 11th place finish in the 400 yard free relay with a new team record time of 3:14.69. Individually, Alfano finished 17th in the 200 yard breast stroke with a time of 2:11.51, while Pigford recorded a time of 48.75 in the 100 yard free. Both were also new team marks. On the women’s side, Rachel Landry, Gretchen Grant, Anna Goss and Megan Lorencen broke a team record in the 400 yard free relay with a time of 4:00.37. Overall, the Milligan men nabbed a 12th place finish while the women ended the meet 17th overall.  Also, the 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athletes were announced, and Milligan had five honorees in Taylor Duran, Darcee Kubisiak, Samantha Digmann (2010), Goss and Landry. Digmann was also honored for being the lone senior of the Aqua Buffs.  Milligan College news release, March 7, 2010


2012    Workmen broke ground at the intersection of the sidewalks near Hardin Hall on the Sword Commons for the construction of a new fountain honoring Chancellor Don Jeanes (1968, ΦAΘ; President of Milligan College 1997-2011) and Clarinda Jeanes (1971). The cost of construction had been generously provided by a number of donors who gave to Milligan College with the express purpose of constructing the fountain in the Jeans’ honor. In an announcement about the beginning of construction, President Bill Greer commented. “This is certainly a fitting way to commemorate their service to the college and especially their emphasis upon campus expansion and beautification.”  Campus e-mail from President Bill Greer, March 6, 2012.

Birthdays: In 1475 artist Michelangelo Buonarroti in Caprese, Tuscany, Italy . . . in 1619 dramatist Hercule-Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac in Paris, France. . . in 1806 poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Durham, England . . . in 1926 economist Alan Greenspan in Washington Heights, New York, New York . . . and in 1995 Milligan College freshmen Lucas Maxwell Imboden and Nolan B. Tankersley.



In 1836 David Crockett, who hailed from nearby Limestone, TN, died at the Alamo.

In 1857 The United States Supreme Court delivered the Dred Scott Decision, ruling that slaves could not be citizens.

In 1899 Felix Hoffman patented “Aspirin.”

In 1930 Clarence Birdseye developed a method for quick freezing food.

In 1964, under the tutelage of Elijah Muhammad, Cassius Clay took a new name, Muhammad Ali.

In 1981 Walter Cronkite signed-off as anchorman of “The CBS Evening News.”


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