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Manchester College students

seek BREAK world record

in playground game Four Square


A persistent, and bone-weary team of Manchester College students appears to have set a new world record in the schoolyard game of Four Square. Fifteen students bounced the ball for 30 hours, unofficially besting the Guinness World Record™ by a full hour in the Feb. 25-26 effort. They topped the record shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday in the College Union.

At times, the challenge was almost overwhelming, said first-year student Todd Eastis, who chaired the challenge. “It was toughest trying to get through the night and make it to sunrise Saturday. But I never heard anybody say they wanted to quit.” The sociology major was back at class Monday morning, admitting it took 12 hours of sleep to rejuvenate.

The challenge, led by the campus faith group Simply Brethren, also raised $1,000 for Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, Ind., a popular Church of the Brethren lake retreat. (Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college.)

Since 1925, each fall, Manchester College students, faculty and staff members have spent a day at the camp, doing service, playing softball, canoeing … and playing Four Square. Camp Mack lost its main building, Becker Lodge, to fire last summer.

“Thank you, we look at you as inspiration as we look at the task ahead of us,” said Camp Mack executive director, Rex Miller of construction of replacement facilities.

Official observers and timers from the community (they could not be associated with the College) provided continuous, around-the-clock support, as did many College employees and students.

The record the students claim is unofficial. Now the students will gather and send witness statements and log books, photographs, media coverage and other proofs of their feat to Guinness World Records™. Validation typically takes six to eight weeks, they've been told. They hope to unseat holders of the 29-hour Guinness World Records™ – Buenos Aires International Christian Academy in Argentina.

The 15 players:

Katelyn Carothers, first-year biology-chemistry major from Glendale, Ariz.

Todd Eastis, first-year sociology major from Warsaw, Ind.

Kay Guyer, sophomore peace studies major from Woodbury, Pa.

Lucas Kauffman, first-year education major from Goshen, Ind.

Laban Wenger, sophomore education major from Petersburg, Pa.

Sarah Leininger, first-year biology-chemistry major from Timberville, Va.

Julia Largent, senior peace studies major from Muncie, Ind.

Miranda DeHart, first-year biology-chemistry major from Clayton, Ohio

Andrew Miller, sophomore peace studies major from Elgin, Ill.

Matt Hammond, first-year student from Dayton, Ohio

Jesse Steffen, senior education major from Goshen, Ind.

Hunter Snapp, first-year communication studies major from Flora, Ind.

Turner Ritchie, sophomore peace studies major from Richmond, Ind.

Laura Lichauer, sophomore peace studies major from Wakarusa, Ind.

Marie Stump, first-year education major from Garrett, Ind.


February 2011

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