DALLAS TWP. — Dozens of eager Misericordia University students, ink markers in hand, attempted to set a new world record on Saturday, connecting 1,432 Crayola erasable markers in a straight line in hopes of making a mark in the Guinness World Records book.
The event, which took place on campus, was part of the university’s annual SpringFest Weekend, with this year’s theme being “Breaking records!”
Don Spencer, of Borton-Lawson Engineering Inc., was on hand to ensure the attempt was made accurately and would meet Guinness’ standards. “We’ll be forwarding the specifics to Guinness and then hoping that we hear back that we have a place in the record books,” he said.
“It’s also a great chance for students to gather together on campus and work together in a healthy drug- and alcohol-free environment,” said Aaron Orchard, a junior majoring in health care management and member of the Student Government Association.
“We are hoping to then distribute the markers to organizations throughout the area serving children,” Orchard said.
Across campus, Jaime Washofer, of Waldwick, N.J., a senior majoring in occupational therapy, and Angelo Prince, of Hainesport, N.J., a freshman, were pursuing a different kind of record. The two were the last of about 30 students participating in the “Touch the Van” competition, which began on Friday.
With hands firmly placed on a campus van, each hoped to outlast the other in touching the van to win an iPad.
“It’s not really about the iPad,” said a smiling Washofer. “It’s more about friendly competition.”
Both said they were grateful they were allowed to leave their posts for a few hours to attend Friday’s Dance-a-thon held in Insalaco Hall. After nearly 26 hours, the two were named “co-winners” and each received a mini-iPad for their efforts.
Darcy Brodmerkel, director of Student Activities, said the event was an opportunity to build school spirit and make memories. She was encouraged by the turnout, she said. “With upcoming exams and plans to return home, it’s a great time to relax and enjoy the campus,” Brodmerkel said.
The weather fully cooperated during the festival, which included the dedication of a new on-campus baseball field.
The event began with a nod to Misericordia President Michael MacDowell, following the volleyball competition earlier this week. He received a trophy for leadership and participation in the event for 15 years of effort, always participating with good spirit although his team had never won. “Dr. MacDowell is retiring this year and we wanted to especially honor him,” Orchard said.
Thursday’s Salon-a-thon and massage station were fundraisers for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. Many attendees said they were looking forward to today’s Powder Puff football game before having to head back to class and prepare for final exams.