In anticipation of JMU’s 2015 Homecoming, Special Collections highlights the Class of 1980! We hope to see many of you returning to the ‘Burg this weekend.
by Kaitlin Scott, Special Collections Intern
JMU’s class of 1980 experienced many of the same things that students do today. Students are still up till midnight or later trying to finish their papers, drinking coffee constantly to stay awake and running into classrooms with completed paper in hand 5 minutes before class starts. How students actually wrote those papers has drastically changed.
It looks like Wite-out (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wite-Out) might be useful at this moment.
Biking continues to be a popular mode of transportation at JMU. In 1980, students were feeling the after effects of the gas shortage and ever-rising gas prices. The limited number of parking spaces and health benefits haven’t changed in the past 35 years.
Dukes still pack the football stadium and Convocation Center to support our athletics! We will never forget we beat Virginia Tech in 2010, just like the class of 1980 will always remember defeating VCU in basketball and celebrating with their new mascot, Duke III.
Students today still love D-Hall and all it offers! For the Class of 1980 it was spaghetti while the Dukes of today love grilled-cheese Thursday. The class of 2019 will be the last class to eat in the building as we know it today. Gibbons will be replaced with an updated facility, with work beginning Summer 2016.