Through the Years: A Look Back on the Occasion of Founders’ Day 2015

March 10, 1891: Randolph-Macon Woman’s College is officially founded. 1902: The first mention of a “Tacky Party” is made in the Helianthus, referencing a party hosted by the first year class in honor of the sophomores. 1911: Gamma 13, the spirit group of the Odds, is founded. 1922: Eta, the spirit group of the Evens, is founded. November 1935: The very first Senior Dinner Dance is held only three years after administration gave students permission to host and attend parties. 1947-49: Student Government asks the student body to vote on whether or not they prefer to keep sororities on campus. Voting took place twice, and both times the overwhelming majority of students moved to keep sororities. 1955: The Skeller, originally spelled “Skellar”, is founded by four juniors and three sophomores after a popular local eatery on Rivermont suddenly closed. 1969: Students abolished the school dress code (requiring students to not wear pants to class, at meals, in Main Hall Lobby, or on front campus) by wearing slacks everywhere. Late 1970s: The “Tacky Party” resurfaces on campus and quickly becomes a popular tradition. Students dressed as outrageously as possible, wearing mismatched or hilariously outdated outfits. 1989: Sixty-five R-MWC students take a bus to Washington, D.C. to join alums at a N.O.W. (National Organization for Women) rally in support of Roe vs. Wade. The women of R-MWC carried a banner which read “RM♀C for FREEDOM OF CHOICE.” 1994: The power goes off during SDD weekend due to a huge snowstorm. Students slept in the date parlors due, Main Hall Lobby, and the Student Center, where three of them even pitched a tent. 2006: Students are shocked to learn that R-MWC may become co-ed, and in response contact alumnae, write hundreds of letters to Board members, and hold protests. 2012: Twenty singers from Randolph are invited to perform in Carnegie Hall on Easter Sunday. Professor Randall Speer conducted the concert, which featured Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore (Solemn Vespers).

This Founders’ Day we take a look back through the decades, and remember the people and events that made us who we are today. This project was coordinated and curated by Callan Frye ’17, and sponsored by the Dean of Students Office.

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