Jim Durham
News Bureau Director

Do you know what it means to be “campused?” Going on “counted” and “free” dates? Do you remember seeing freshmen students in orange and black beanies?

Student rules at Georgetown College have drastically adapted over, or even against, time. And, wouldn’t you know that Dr. Juilee Decker’s Curatorial Studies class has researched all this and is mounting an exhibition in the Cochenour Gallery entitled “By the Book: 150 Years of Rules, Regulations, and GC Student Life.” This goes up tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 1) and runs through Oct. 21. Just in time for Homecoming, Oct. 15-16!

In fact, everyone is invited to a Homecoming Reception on Friday, October 15 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Cochenour – that space on the first floor of the Ensor Learning Resource Center that leads to the Jacobs Gallery. A Fireside Chat with Religion professor Jack “Doc” Birdwhistell ’68 and a “few friends”, will contrast Georgetown student life past and present. This event will commence at 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For this project, Decker’s students combed the College’s archives for several weeks to research “By the Book”, an exhibition concept that was picked, as a legacy, from last year’s curatorial course. Dr. Decker is an Associate Professor of Art History and Chair of GC’s Art Department.

The plan this year was to explore the amusing, the shocking, and the old fashioned limitations that have been placed on Georgetown students. Artifacts and photographs collected from past publications – The Georgetonian, Belle of the Blue, G Books – and the Georgetown College Archives will be on display. In particular, the exhibit will focus on the Classes of 1960 and 1985 as they celebrate their reunions. Objects included in this exhibition will include Georgetown’s legendary beanies. Several examples of this mark of freshman status will be on display, with pictures to show that Georgetown College freshmen were wearing these beanies into the 1970’s.