This Week in…1981

Staff listing in a 1981 issue of the Goucher Weekly, now known as The Quindecim. Picture Source: Goucher College Digital Library

Goucher College News:

  • Goucher receives a $1.25 million grant from the State of Maryland to renovate Van Meter Hall and Hoffberger Science Building. The receival of the grant capped several months of intense lobbying from Goucher President Rhoda Dorsey in the Maryland State Assembly. The total estimated cost of the renovation was $2.5 million with the state grant being matched by Goucher’s internal fundraising campaign. Money was also granted to Johns Hopkins University and the Capital Institute of Technology (renamed in 2014 as the Capital Technology University).
  • An Oral History Seminar is announced by Goucher. The project, known as “Generation to Generation: The Living Legacy of Older Persons,” attracted 16 Goucher students to participate in interviewing local elderly residents about their lives, experiences, and attitudes. The seminar concludes months of interviews and displayed the records to the public in various locations around Baltimore.

World News:

  • The songCall Me by Blondie tops the Hot 100 Billboard Songs from March 22 to April 12 in the US.
  • Zimbabwe gains independence from Great Britain on April 18; Robert Mugabe becomes Prime Minister of the newly-formed country. He goes on to rule Zimbabwe for 37 years before stepping down in 2017 as President.
  • The Iranian Embassy Siege begins on April 30 with six Arab terrorists seizing control of the Iranian Embassy in the UK and taking 26 hostages. The siege ends after six days, on May 5, with the recapture of the embassy by British Special Forces. The siege is viewed as an early premonition of the Iran-Iraq War that would break out later in the year.

To discover more Goucher history, visit the Goucher College Digital Library.


April 22nd, 2019.

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Hello! My name is Jibril Howard and I am the CoEditor-in-Chief for the Q. I am a soccer lover, political junkie, caffeine addict, and a hopeless chess player.

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