For freshmen, the PC journey is just beginning, for seniors, the journey is rapidly coasting to a close, and for everyone else, the journey continues.
The Student Union Board hosted a showing of the finale of the March Madness craze that comes around every year. On Monday night, the national championship men’s basketball game was shown on the big screen in Springs Campus Center.
“Change is inevitable – except from a vending machine,” Robert C. Gallagher once said. While change may be difficult and unwanted, it is, like Gallagher said, inevitable. So while everyone will certainly miss President Griffin here at Presbyterian College, the search for a new president is well under way.
According to PC student Patrick Kennedy, who was one of the selected few to be on the search committee for the new president, “right now we’re looking over all of the candidates we’ve received and reviewing all their materials; over the next few weeks we will be selecting some of the candidates who stand out the most to invite for interviews, and then from there we will continue to narrow down the field of prospective presidents.”
From what Kennedy said, it is evident the search committee is trying their best to find a new President suitable enough for Presbyterian College. But will they have one in time for the new school year? “Our goal is to install the next president by the beginning of the summer term, so he or she will have as much time as possible to take the reins before the rush of the academic year begins,” Kennedy said. That is definitely the best option, because the new president will surely need to get acclimated to life here at PC before all the students come back.
While the job of finding a new president is not easy, it is apparent the members of the search committee are trying to make the job as painless as possible for the new president. I’m sure some of you are wondering what qualities entail becoming the new president of PC. According to Kennedy, the search committee members are “looking at a variety of qualities in the next president” including “leadership and management experience, ability to manage complex financial matters, communication and relationship building abilities, and commitment to PC’s faith and core values.” These are traits that I am sure the whole PC community hopes that the next president will embody.
As for the difficulty of the search, Kennedy admitted it has been both easy and at the same time, tough. The search has been good because he has “certainly loved working with the other search committee members; it’s great to see how such a diverse group of people can have such a shared love of commitment to providing the very best options for the college.” The only reason the search has been slightly difficult is because they have had so many great candidates! But like Kennedy said: “of course, I would rather have too many qualified candidates than too few!” I am sure the members of the search committee will pick the best president for Presbyterian College.
The Student Union Board brought back the old movie theatre style by hosting a Movie Night on the Plaza this past Saturday night. The first Sherlock Holmes movie was shown on the 20 foot inflatable screen out on the lawn in front of GDH.
We have all witnessed the use of alcohol on campus. Recently, fraternity court was shut down for a period of several weeks prior to spring break. Due to recent events, a new look at alcohol on campus is taking hold. The policies for fraternity court are being analyzed and reevaluated.
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in science listening to Dr. Shaw lecture about our bodies and how to keep them healthier. One of the things he said to me that really stuck out was that the more we sit, the shorter our life span is. This may sound slightly dramatic, but I totally believe it. Another important aspect of being healthy is to get plenty of exercise. It is good to get about 30 minutes of exercise five days a week, and I do not think as many people do this as should. The more you sit, the less exercise you are getting and the less your body is moving around; therefor shortening your life span.
When Mr. Joe Fuller observed children riding a small train being pulled by a tractor, a new doorway opened up. Fascinated by the children’s reaction, Mr. Fuller began to build his own train.