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1 Georgia Tech Affiliated Extracurricular Activities in the 20 th Century (aka: What Tech students did other than schoolwork) Time Period: 1980 – 1999

2 Major Happenings in Drinking age change 1984 Drinking age change 1990 Elimination of Little Sisters 1990 Elimination of Little Sisters 1991 Elimination of Kegs 1991 Elimination of Kegs Football National Champs Football National Champs 1996 Olympics 1996 Olympics 1997 BuzzCard 1997 BuzzCard

3 Fraternities, Parties, and Alcohol Georgia Tech has had a history of a study hard then play hard attitude, which shows through in our sports as well as our social lives. Georgia Tech has had a history of a study hard then play hard attitude, which shows through in our sports as well as our social lives. Fraternities play a large role in extracurricular activities, ranging from greek week to formals to band parties in the street. Fraternities play a large role in extracurricular activities, ranging from greek week to formals to band parties in the street. Alcohol has also been a very influential part of Tech life. Alcohol has also been a very influential part of Tech life.

4 Parties: The drinking age Parties are not limited to on campus gatherings, and they often extend to nearby bars and clubs. Parties are not limited to on campus gatherings, and they often extend to nearby bars and clubs. In 1984, a national law was passed raising the drinking age from 18 to 21, with the incentive of highway funding for the states that raised the drinking age. In 1984, a national law was passed raising the drinking age from 18 to 21, with the incentive of highway funding for the states that raised the drinking age. This law went into effect on July 17, This law went into effect on July 17, MADD was the major sponsor of this bill, and to this day remains its greatest supporter. MADD was the major sponsor of this bill, and to this day remains its greatest supporter.

5 Parties: The drinking age (cont.) This law effectively made colleges legally dry, as the majority of undergraduate college students on any given campus are younger than 21. It also means that if your birthday was July 18, 1966, you were screwed out of 3 years of drinking, but that someone two days older, born on the the 16 th, can drink for the those same three years.

6 Fraternities: Little Sister and Big Brother Programs As of November 16, 1990, the IFC eliminated all little sister and big brother programs. As of November 16, 1990, the IFC eliminated all little sister and big brother programs. The IFC stated that the men-only legal status of fraternities would be strengthened by dissolving the little sister program. The IFC stated that the men-only legal status of fraternities would be strengthened by dissolving the little sister program.

7 Fraternities: Little Sister and Big Brother Programs (cont.) Students disagreed with the actions of the IFC, claiming that the elimination of little sister programs did not solve the men only issue. Students disagreed with the actions of the IFC, claiming that the elimination of little sister programs did not solve the men only issue. It was rumored that the sororities felt threatened by little sister organizations and therefore pushed the IFC to make the change. It was rumored that the sororities felt threatened by little sister organizations and therefore pushed the IFC to make the change.

8 Alcohol: Kegs Alcohol, like many other commodities becomes cheaper if bought in large quantities, such as kegs. Alcohol, like many other commodities becomes cheaper if bought in large quantities, such as kegs. This meant that many parties and gatherings were keg parties, because the main source of alcohol was a keg. This meant that many parties and gatherings were keg parties, because the main source of alcohol was a keg. At the beginning of spring semester 1991, a new rule was created that kegs were no longer allowed during student organization functions. At the beginning of spring semester 1991, a new rule was created that kegs were no longer allowed during student organization functions.

9 Alcohol: Kegs (cont.) The banning of kegs had many incentives, including the goal of lowering the amount of underage drinking on campus. It also severely limited the amount of alcohol a single person could reasonably bring to a party; a keg is the equivalent of 165 twelve-ounce cans, but in a single container. Carrying approximately seven 24-packs of beer is much harder than carrying one keg.

10 Extracurricular Parties? Up until this point, I have focused on alcohol, parties, and fraternities. Up until this point, I have focused on alcohol, parties, and fraternities. Parties, the consumption of alcohol, and fraternities/sororities are definitely extracurricular activities; they are all things that students do outside of the rigorous coursework required at Tech. Parties, the consumption of alcohol, and fraternities/sororities are definitely extracurricular activities; they are all things that students do outside of the rigorous coursework required at Tech. Now I will focus on a more traditional part of extracurricular activities, and how and why they have changed. Now I will focus on a more traditional part of extracurricular activities, and how and why they have changed.

11 Football: the 90 – 91 Season A very obvious form of Georgia Tech extracurricular activities include school sponsored athletics. A very obvious form of Georgia Tech extracurricular activities include school sponsored athletics. In the school year, Tech had a great season and were National Champions, even though there was no consensus national title game. In the school year, Tech had a great season and were National Champions, even though there was no consensus national title game. Techs record was , an undefeated season. Techs record was , an undefeated season. Colorado was also considered a National Champion, with a record of Colorado was also considered a National Champion, with a record of Looking at the statistics, it seems clear that Tech was the national champion, as they were undefeated; however, people said that Tech had had a much easier schedule, and therefore their win/loss ratio is not comparable to Colorados. Looking at the statistics, it seems clear that Tech was the national champion, as they were undefeated; however, people said that Tech had had a much easier schedule, and therefore their win/loss ratio is not comparable to Colorados. The two determinants of the National Champion at that point in time were the AP and the UPI; UPI declared Tech the champion, whereas AP declared Colorado the champion. The two determinants of the National Champion at that point in time were the AP and the UPI; UPI declared Tech the champion, whereas AP declared Colorado the champion.

12 Football: the 90 – 91 Season (cont.) To address the concern that Tech had an easier schedule, people looked at the ACC bowl record for the 90 – 91 season. The ACC was in all bowls that year, including a major upset. This may have quieted the dispute over argument that Tech had an easier schedule than Colorado.

13 The 96 Olympics The 96 Olympics had three very important effects on the Georgia Tech campus life, and therefore on extracurricular activities. The 96 Olympics had three very important effects on the Georgia Tech campus life, and therefore on extracurricular activities. Advancement/Renovation Advancement/Renovation Housing Housing Rebuilding/Repairing Rebuilding/Repairing Each of these has had a profound and lasting impact on the Tech community. Each of these has had a profound and lasting impact on the Tech community.

14 Advancement/Renovation One of the biggest, most noticeable, and arguably most influential changes that took place was the tear down and building of the SAC into the CRC. One of the biggest, most noticeable, and arguably most influential changes that took place was the tear down and building of the SAC into the CRC. With the demise of the SAC, students had to find other places to workout. With the demise of the SAC, students had to find other places to workout. The main part of the CRC now consists of the Olympic diving well and pool, with multi-function basketball courts and many multi- function rooms. The main part of the CRC now consists of the Olympic diving well and pool, with multi-function basketball courts and many multi- function rooms. Now an extra pool and workout area with climbing wall have been added to increase the use of the CRC to students. Now an extra pool and workout area with climbing wall have been added to increase the use of the CRC to students.

15 Advancement/Renovation (cont.) Another major renovation was done to Alexander Memorial Coliseum. In the winter of 95, Georgia Tech alumni in building construction and architecture were contracted to renovate the coliseum into a more modern Tech landmark. Among other things, the renovations included lowering the floor, adding box seats, adding new seats, and adding air-conditioning.

16 Advancement/Renovation (cont.) Quote from Clough, when he addressed the Tech club in Gainesville: Quote from Clough, when he addressed the Tech club in Gainesville: The Olympic Village Never before in Olympic history has one campus held an entire Olympic Village. The Olympic Village at Georgia Tech will include 33 residence halls housing 16,000 athletes and officials. But the Village will be much more than a "hotel" for athletes. The Village will be the social, intellectual, and cultural hub for the athletes and feature a coffee house, informational kiosks, a dance club, restaurants, souvenir shopseven a movie theater. To our students great chagrin, the buildings that will be transformed to house these facilities will revert back to classrooms after the Olympics are over.

17 Housing Construction of much of West Campus housing, and the East Campus North Ave Apts, was part of athlete housing. North Avenue apartments were part of Georgia State University, not Georgia Tech. Tech suspended classes for summer of 1996, and delayed fall quarter start to October. After the Olympics, East campus was returned to normal while the Para-Olympics were hosted on West campus.

18 Housing (cont.) More from Cloughs address: Olympic benefits First and perhaps most importantly, the Olympics will leave an impressive legacy. The most obvious is housing. After the Olympics, seven new residence halls and 2,700 more beds will be available to Tech students. After the Olympics, Tech will be able to provide on- campus housing for approximately 70 percent of the student bodycompared to the current 40 percent. ACOG has provided $27 million for this housing. The remaining debt for Tech is $93 million; which will be retired over 20 years through fees charged to students for their rooms. The Futurenet telecommunications technology is yet another legacy. Once the athletes are gone, our students will have cutting-edge computer and communications access within their residence hallsallowing them to get a jump on students in other universities lacking such equipment.

19 Rebuilding/Repair In order to separate the Olympic Village from the rest of Atlanta, chain-link fence was placed all over campus. In order to separate the Olympic Village from the rest of Atlanta, chain-link fence was placed all over campus. When it was removed, many of the areas on campus had to be re- paved due to the holes created by the posts of the chain-link fence. When it was removed, many of the areas on campus had to be re- paved due to the holes created by the posts of the chain-link fence. The SAC fields, along with the Burger Bowl, were nearly destroyed by the renovations happening around them and on them, so Tech students had to find other fields on which to play games. The SAC fields, along with the Burger Bowl, were nearly destroyed by the renovations happening around them and on them, so Tech students had to find other fields on which to play games.

20 BuzzCard: the Tech Revolution BuzzCards were introduced in 1997 as part of a campus-wide identification system. BuzzCards were introduced in 1997 as part of a campus-wide identification system. BuzzCards next were used to track meal plans. BuzzCards next were used to track meal plans. Finally the debit system was added to BuzzCards to allow purchases at on-campus retailers. Finally the debit system was added to BuzzCards to allow purchases at on-campus retailers. BuzzCards made it easy for students to participate in social activities by eliminating the need to run home and get my wallet. BuzzCards made it easy for students to participate in social activities by eliminating the need to run home and get my wallet. BuzzCards also allowed students to access certain buildings after-hours, eliminating the need for guards to physically lock and unlock buildings BuzzCards also allowed students to access certain buildings after-hours, eliminating the need for guards to physically lock and unlock buildings

21 Citations New rule: student organizations can no longer hold keg parties Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Jan New rule: student organizations can no longer hold keg parties Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Jan Eliminating Little Sisters doesn't eliminate problems Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Nov Eliminating Little Sisters doesn't eliminate problems Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Nov IFC eliminates all Little Sister and Big Brother programs Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Nov IFC eliminates all Little Sister and Big Brother programs Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Nov Whistle, Volume 20 #23 Whistle, Volume 20 #23 Tech Topics, Volume 33 #3 (picture) Tech Topics, Volume 33 #3 (picture) Campus nearly recovered from occupation Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Oct Campus nearly recovered from occupation Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Oct Campus survives Olympic occupation Publication Title: The Technique Campus survives Olympic occupation Publication Title: The Technique Games to delay Fall session to October Publication Title: Tech Topics Article Date: Spring 96 Games to delay Fall session to October Publication Title: Tech Topics Article Date: Spring 96 Games will affect co-ops Games will affect co-ops Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Mar 1 96 Regents approve semester change Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Jan Regents approve semester change Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Jan Regents set semester switch: Tech gets extra year because of Olympic Publication Title: Tech Topics Article Date: Spring 96 Regents set semester switch: Tech gets extra year because of Olympic Publication Title: Tech Topics Article Date: Spring :'I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech...' Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Jan ACC Officials happy about Tech's national championship and successful Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Jann Atlanta celebrates Jackets' undefeated season Publication Title: The Technique Article Date: Jan A Triumph of Technology: The Georgia Tech Olympic Experience Collection Title: President s Speeches and Presentations Article Date: 1995 Pictures: e.jpg e.jpg Burgerbowl.jpg Burgerbowl.jpg Gatech8th.png Gatech8th.png nitten.jpg/428px-Keg_geschnitten.jpg nitten.jpg/428px-Keg_geschnitten.jpg outer.jpg outer.jpg amps_Crowd_0.jpg amps_Crowd_0.jpg


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