New Adirondack Chairs on the Heart

April 2, 2011

In the fall, we lamented the destruction of  the two dozen Adirondack chairs that had graced the Heart for the past few years.  Through abuse and vandalism, their number had declined until only a few sad wrecks were left. Around campus and in the Word, we talked about what we should do.  Should we replace the chairs?  If so, how could we be assured they wouldn’t have the same fate?

Today, twenty-four Adirondack chairs returned to the Heart, a gift from an anonymous donor, the same donor who had given the campus the original two dozen.  The “We Are Crew” class, a student-led group that has been meeting this semester to talk about how the college community can embrace “Principles and Practices” in everyday life, stepped up to oversee their return.

Their hope is that having students assemble the chairs will lead the community to feel a greater sense of ownership of them.

So this afternoon, several hundred students gathered to assemble chairs, eat pizza, listen to the Funkaholics, and have an aerial group picture taken from the roof of Earlham Hall.  A fine time was had by all.



About Doug Bennett

Doug Bennett is Emeritus President and Professor of Politics at Earlham College. He has a wife, Ellen, and two sons, Tommy (born 1984) and Robbie (born 2003).
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