DALLAS TWP. — Students at Misericordia University are trying to make their mark on the world — by connecting Crayola Erasable markers long enough to be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The school’s Student Government Association will have an event Saturday during the university’s “Spring Weekend.” They will try to set a world record for the never-before-attempted feat of connecting Crayola Erasable Markers end to end for about 500 feet.
If successful, Misericordia will be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
The idea was born out of a student government brainstorming session, said Aaron Orchard, 22, a junior from Belvidere, N.J., majoring in health-care management.
“I was kind of bored at the meeting when we were planning Spring Weekend,” Orchard said. “We were trying to decide on a theme, and I had a marker in my hand. That’s when I had a random thought and wondered if there was a world record for connecting markers.”
Orchard said the committee researched it and discovered there was not a world record for marker connecting. So it contacted Guinness and e-mailed an application to have the event. It was approved three months later.
“There are similar world records,” Orchard said. “Like for the longest gum wrapper chain and others. We wanted to put Misericordia on the map.”
The government association purchased 1,200 Crayola Erasable markers for the event. They will accept donations if anyone wants to drop more off at the Dallas Township campus, but they have to be Crayola Erasable markers, standard size.
“When the event is over, we will donate the markers to local elementary and pre-schools,” Catie Becker, 20, a junior history major from Shickshinny, said.
Orchard and Becker said the plan is to connect the markers from McHale Hall (which houses all freshmen students) to Mercy Hall (academic and administrative building) — a distance they hope exceeds 500 feet.
Orchard said the university’s communications department will videotape the event to officially document it, and a surveyor will be there to measure the exact length of the Crayola connection.
Other committee members include: DeAnna Darling, 19, a sophomore business major from Ithaca, N.Y.; Chrystelle Patrice, 21, a senior government law and national-security major from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Laura Bennett, 20, a junior speech-language pathology major from Dingmans Ferry; Dayna Richter, 20, a junior health care/physical therapy major from Dingmans Ferry, and Katerina Kindig, 19, a sophomore psychology major from Mechanicsburg.
“Most student governments at bigger schools get a lot more recognition,” Kindig said. “Getting in the Guinness Book of World Records is a major accomplishment.”