THE CENTRAL RAY Volume 147 September 29, 2011 Issue 1
Annual lemming race accelerates excitement of homecoming by HOLLY OSBORN Ray Staff Writer
The word homecoming can mean many things. To someone in high school, images of football, school spirit and fancy dresses will most likely come to mind. To a student who has been away from home for the first time it can mean returning home to have mom do laundry. But ask a Central College student about homecoming, and the unique tradition of the annual Lemming Race is sure to come to mind. On Sept. 30 at 6 p.m., students will congregate in front of the library to participate in this annual ritual. Now celebrating 35 years in action, the lemming race has been a Central tradition since 1976. Junior and President of Theta Kappa Alpha Ben Condon said, “Members of Theta Kappa Alpha started it, and it just stuck around
because people liked it so much.” Students and residents of Pella gather to watch the massive herd of students run down the sidewalk into the pond.
ing,” Condon said. “All students can get involved and celebrate this long standing tradition.” “It’s a great time, and I love the tradition behind it,” sophomore Annie
having 100 or more students run down the concrete sidewalk, through the pond and up onto the island can be dangerous. “I would definitely recommend wearing
photo by: Chelsea Grieger
Students rush into the pond to begin the 2010 lemming race. Costumes ranged anywhere from a yellow submarine to BP oil spill workers.
Once students make their way across the pond onto the island, they begin chanting the glorified “CUI, CUI, may your glory never die!” “It’s a really fun event that gets everyone pumped up for homecom-
Sarcone said. “My mom went here and always ran in the Lemming Race, and now I get to do it too. It’s really cool to be able to participate like all of the alums before us.” Even though the Lemming Race is fun,
shoes,” Condon said. “Once someone ran into the statue outside of Gaass, and we don’t want that to happen again.” Many sports teams including football and volleyball prohibit running in the lemming race,
because it can be dangerous. “People get really creative with their costumes, and it’s a lot of fun even if you are just watching,” sophomore Jolissa Tapia said. “It’s fun to see what costumes everybody came up with.” Costumes have been described as the epitome of the lemming race. Students have the opportunity to get creative with either individual or group costumes. Decks of cards, Lady Gaga, a yellow submarine and the Smurfs were just a few examples of what appeared last year. Condon’s lips were sealed shut about the Theta’s costumes this year. Much of the lemming race remains a mystery until it begins, but the biggest mystery of all is the identity of the grand lemming. “The grand lemming is the person who officially begins the Lemming Race and leads the students down the sidewalk
into the pond,” Condon said. “The past few years we have chosen a member of the faculty, but it is always a secret until the date gets closer.” In addition to wordof-mouth and hanging posters around campus, the Theta Kappa Alphas have taken advantage of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to get the word out about the infamous lemming race. “The lemming race is hands-down, definitely one of my favorite campus events of the year,” Sarcone said. While the Thetas have been working hard to get everything organized, the students work together on creating costumes. “This event is a lot of fun that both students and members of the community can enjoy,” Condon said. “I highly recommend participating, and becoming part of this Central College tradition.”
International Day of Peace celebrated at Central
Students give testimonies of faith
Central College celebrated the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. Many events took place on campus, with the focus on peace. Treva Reimer, Director of Cultural Affairs at Central, was in charge of the ceremony at the Peace Pole, which took place Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. Outside Geisler Library. Reimer was invited to a peace-centered ceremony in 2006 and thought Central should have one of their own. She organized the arrival of the Peace Pole on campus that year, with the dedication of the pole on September 21, 2006. Central has not had a peace ceremony since then. “I’ve always meant to have another ceremony,” said Reimer. “It comes so early in the semester that the day is usually here and gone by the time I
FCA hosted their annual Fields of Faith event Sept. 22. The event featured a live band and personal testimonies. FCA is a student-run organization at Central College that tries to help promote the word of God. FCA stands for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Matt Diehl, a college staff member involved in the organization, said it’s a way to get people together and have fun, challenge each other and grow. The FCA mission is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches, according to the organization’s website. FCA has been around since 1954. “When I can use my faith in other areas I enjoy, like athletics, it excites me,” Diehl said. This year was the first year the Central FCA
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think about it.” The Peace Pole was ordered online at www. peacepoleproject.org. Central’s Peace Pole is the largest in the world, with 16 languages etched on
rated with various “peace flags” students created during the month. “I think the pole recognizes Central’s connections to many places, and a wish for peace,” said
photo by: Jon Riebboff
Carol Williamson (right), Admission Vice President for Enrollment Management, and other Central faculty members observe the Peace Pole in remembrance of its purpose.
its sides. Some languages that are on the pole are Chinese, American Sign Language, German, Spanish, French and Swahili. Throughout Peace Week, the pole was deco-
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Reimer. “The languages on the pole represent the Central Community and Central’s connections with other countries.” Keith Ratzlaff is an English professor here at Central, and plans to
attend the ceremony at the Peace Pole. “Any acknowledgement of peace, however small, helps balance a world full of violence,” said Ratzlaff. In conjunction with International Day of Peace, the film “Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness” was shown in Maytag in the van Emmerik Studio. Following the film, there was a concert in Grand Central Station, featuring junior Kelly Spavin, alumnus Aaron Jones and student-led band Shady at Best. Britt Cooper is a Central senior who works in the Cultural Affairs office. She was the chief organizer of the peace concert. “I think it’s an important topic for people to look at,” said Cooper. “Many people find making peace with the world easy to talk about, but it is hard to act on those words.”
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combined with the Pella and Pella Christian high schools for the Fields of Faith event, said Mel McDermott, a junior at Central. “FCA it is another way of reaching the Christian body on campus, and using sports makes it more relaxed,” said McDermott. FCA hosts events every year. McDermott said they got pudding, yogurt, and other foods from the market and had a food fight in August. “All of our events have a meaning though,” McDermott said. Fields of Faith was started in 2002 by an Oklahoma man. It is a student-led event that uses an athletic field as a neutral site to rally a community to come together and read the bible, according to their website. Students invite other students to hear peers give their testimoFIELDS OF FAITH continued on page 3
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4 THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 2011 Back page Gabriela Garcia Medina performs at Central Fall Break Missions by HOLLY OSBORN Ray Staff Writer
Magicians, love, industrial workers, lingerie and vegan cooking. Sounds like a bad Hollywood movie, but to those who attended the poetic readings of Gabriela Garcia Medina on Sept. 21, these words highlight the readings of this world-renowned poet. Central College’s Intercultural Life brought the 29-year-old woman to the Cox-Snow Recital Hall to perform spoken word poetry, or poetry that the audience can verbally react to during the performance. “We looked at her work online and thought she would make a great performer,” member of intercultural life and event organizer Lupita Aquino said. “A lot of her poems are empowering for women and are entertaining at the same time.” The young, energetic, feminine-empowered poet spent time performing six of her poems to an audience which was primarily women, with a handful of men. In a long boho-style dress with heels, Medina performed her poetry, and in the process told
the story of her own life. Beginning with “The World’s Greatest Magician” and “Love Poem,” Medina talked about how she learned to be empowered through the efforts of her parents. “Grandpa could make leftovers into delicious masterpieces,” Medina said. “I learned to take Goodwill clothes and turn them into original couture that would turn the heads of the models on Project Runway. I want to be the world’s greatest magician.” Following her empowering words, she performed “Four Women,” the poem that makes her feel most vulnerable. This poem told the story of three women who have faced hardships such as rape, industrial slavery and discrimination because of sexual orientation. And finally, the fourth woman was Medina, who had been involved in an abusive relationship for two years. “He said the bruises would heal tomorrow, but they never did,” Medina said. “I stayed too long to hear the lyrics to my own song.” Medina said she chose “Four Women” because it is empowering
and speaks to a lot of women. Medina said she performs in March for women’s rights month, and at various conferences throughout the country, but it’s not without challenge. “I find it hard to be around those suffering from domestic violence issues,” Medina said. “The wounds are still fresh in my life, and it can be hard to be around right now.” After the heartfelt presentation of “Four Women,” Medina turned the mood by performing “Are you Grown and Sexy” and “At least I’m a Good Poet.” The first poem described her fetish for lingerie, igniting the attention of both males and females in the audience. She expressed how she would lead the feminist revolution with a rifle in one hand and her favorite patterned lingerie set underneath. The second poem depicted her struggle between the old world (being Cuban) and the new world (being vegan) while cooking for her boyfriend. Both works generated positive reactions from the audience members,
who the audiby embraced JILL ZISKOVSKY ence member role of spoRay Staff Writer ken word poetry throughout the performance. For her finale, Medina performed “Extensions of My Poetry,” which gave the audience an insight into the person behind the words. Medina wanted to enforce the idea, “I am not an extension of my poetry; my poetry is an extension of me.” Following the performance was a reception sponsored by Intercultural Life where audience members enjoyed refreshments, got to spend time with Medina and purchase her written works. Intercultural life asked attendees to fill out response sheets about the performance. Overall, responses were very positive. Almost all rating was 5 out of 5, with additional comments “She was awesome!” And “Bring her back next year!” “She was great,” Director of Intercultural Life Brandyn Woodard said. “I definitely enjoyed watching her perform and watching how the students responded to her. I have seen many poets with a feminist prose, but she is definitely one of the best.”
by JAKE MOLLMAN Ray Staff Writer
No doubt many Central students will be traveling home Oct. 12 for a much needed fall break: spending time with family, sleeping in their own beds, enjoying many home cooked meals and catching up Jazz SWE with band homeand town friends. members perform On the other hand,inmany Mexican students attire will while be giving touring the Yucatan penup that relaxing weekend insula in January 2011. at home to help others across the United States. This fall break, Central’s campus ministries group will be taking three sets of student volunteers to either Upstate New York; Annville, Ky. or Flat Rock, Ala. In New York, students will be helping with the recovery from Hurricane Irene. In Kentucky, students will deliver a trailer full of donations to help fill a thrift shop in a community with a 20 percent unemployment rate. And in Alabama, students will help a small community with their recovery from a devastating tornado that struck last spring. “One haunting memory I have from Flat Rock, Ala. last year is the image of two elderly women still living in a tent when we were departing,” Chaplain
Joel Brummel said. “With so much work to still be done in all of these communities, campus ministries hopes to accomplish big things in the small amount time they have over fall break.” Students will depart after classes on the 12th in order to get to work at their mission trip sites on Thursday. On all of the trips, students will also enjoy sightseeing and team-building activities, along with traveling across the country for the small price of $50. “Going on a mission trip is an easy way to give back to those in need, and a great way to gain friends,” RCA Relations staff member Kristin Tremper said. Only three students signed up for each of the New York and Kentucky trips and eight students signed up for the trip to Alabama. There are about 15 spots available on each trip, so students still have an opportunity to sign up to volunteer their time. “Mission trips are a great experience,” junior Sarah Rankin said. “I think all students should definitely try it. You really get to know yourself, as well as gain several friendships during your volunteer time.”
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