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College's famed baseball pitcher 'Gettysburg' Eddie featured in Gettysburg Times

A column remembering 'Gettysburg' Eddie Plank was published by the Gettysburg Times. Plank pitched for the Gettysburg College baseball team before being recruited to the major league.

From the Gettysburg Times:

One of the greatest left-handed players of all time was Eddie "Gettysburg Eddie" Plank. Edward Stewart Plank was born in Adams County on Aug. 31, 1875 to farming parents David and Martha Plank. He was one of six siblings and the oldest child living at home in 1900. Eddie was recorded on the census as being a student while a younger sibling was working as a farm laborer. Perhaps the family knew that big things were in store for Eddie.

A left-handed batter and pitcher, he pitched for Gettysburg College before being recruited into the major leagues. His career started with the Philadelphia Athletics with his first game played on May 1, 1901. He won 17 games in his rookie year as one of their pitchers.

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Allen Guelzo interviewed by WITF Smart Talk radio on the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination

WITF Smart Talk radio interviewed Civil War era studies professor and Abraham Lincoln expert Allen Guelzo on the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination.

From WITF Smart Talk Radio:

As the Lincolns watched the play Our American Cousin from a box at Ford's Theater in Washington, well-known actor John Wilkes Booth sneaked into the box and shot the president.  Lincoln died the next day.  Booth jumped on the stage and escaped.  He was killed in Virginia two weeks later.

One-hundred-fifty years to the day, Smart Talk features a discussion of the Lincoln assassination with Dr. Allen Guelzo, who is Henry R. Luce Professor of the Civil War Era, and Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College.  Dr. Guelzo has authored seven books on Lincoln and others on the Civil War.  He wrote the narrative for LIFE's Lincoln: An Intimate Portrait that was released last year.

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Birkner quoted in article about legacy of James Buchanan

History professor Michael Birkner was quoted in an article by about the legacy of James Buchanan.


It is clear that since a 1999 C-SPAN poll where he was first ranked as the worst-President ever, Buchanan has dominated the bottom spot in these surveys. So why do historians and political scientists have such as harsh view of Buchanan? Perhaps the answer can be found in some thoughts from Michael J. Birkner, a Gettysburg College historian who thinks Buchanan’s legacy should be evaluated again.

In an op-ed today in Lancaster (Pa.) Online, Birkner describes several acts by Buchanan as “indefensible,” including  his connection to the Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court in 1857  and his claims “that a decision that made slavery national would somehow ‘solve’ the sectional crisis.”

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Psychology professor's research highlighted in Fashion Times

Psychology professor Alex Jones' research on attractiveness and the impact of makeup was recently highlighted by Fashion Times.

From Fashion Times:

One aspect of makeup that hasn't yet been considered is its effectiveness in increasing attractiveness. So how much more attractive does makeup make you?

Alex Jones, Professor at Gettysburg College, and his colleague, Robin Kramer, of the University of Aberdeen recently investigated the above question. To do this, they asked participants to rate the same faces with and without makeup, with the restriction that no one person saw the same woman made up and 'un made-up.'

"The take-home message here seems to be that, for better or worse, our attractiveness is mostly determined by our natural appearance, and wearing makeup will only have a small effect in comparison," Jones explained.

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Lincoln Prize reception featured in the Gettysburg Times

The 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize was awarded on April 23 to Harold Holzer. The event, which was held in New York City, was featured in the Gettysburg Times.

From the Gettysburg Times:

The 2015 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize was presented to Harold Holzer for his book "Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion" (Simon & Schuster) during a dinner and reception held at the Union League Club in New York City on Thursday, April 23.

The Prize is awarded by Gettysburg College and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Holzer was chosen from 114 nominations as the 2015 recipient. He received $50,000 and a bronze replica of Augustus Saint-Gaudens' life-size bust "Lincoln the Man."

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Engagement of Gettysburg grads announced in Sun Journal

The engagement of Audrey Schwinn '11 to James Merrifield '11 was announced in The Sun Journal on April 26.

From the Sun-Journal:

Announcement is made of the engagement of Audrey Schwinn and James Merrifield, both of Woburn, Mass.

Miss Schwinn is the daughter of Robyn Holman of Jefferson and Carl Schwinn of Auburn. She is a 2007 graduate of Edward Little High School and a 2011 graduate of Gettysburg College. She is employed as an editor for science text books in the Boston area.

Mr. Merrifield is the son of Fred and Debbie Merrifield of Waldoboro. He is a 2006 graduate of Medomak Valley High School and a 2011 graduate of Gettysburg College. He is employed at a Boston area flight school providing administrative support.

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WITF published story on $600k grant award to Gettysburg College

WITF published a story about a $600,000 grant award to Gettysburg College by the National Science Foundation. The award will go to provide scholarships to first-generation and underrepresented students interested in pursuing degrees in STEM fields.

From WITF:

The National Science Foundation is sending more than $600,000to Gettysburg College.

The money will go towards scholarships for those pursuing careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.

It'll start covering scholarships in the fall of 2016.

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