Best of 2013 Web Stories: Staff Picks
December 19, 2013 By Mariel Smith and Cindy Long
As 2013 comes to an end, we’re looking back on the most popular web stories from the Centre homepage, based on Google analytics. (To view the entire 2013 web archive, click here.) Here are ten stories not already featured that the staff in the Communications Office particularly enjoyed:
1. 20 Questions with First Lady Susie Roush
First Lady Susie Roush is a beloved figure on campus, and her answers to our "20 Questions" series reveal why; with answers that are honest, enthusiastic and at times poignant, Susie reveals hidden gems about herself and the College.
2. “A Ram in the Thicket” Baccalaureate address by Dr. Rick Axtell
"This morning I want to talk about two Abrahams that are part of our shared heritage, because together, the two might have something significant to teach us on the day of your graduation. The story of the other Abraham is canonized in the sacred writings of western civilization's three great religious traditions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. And the most troubling part of his story is the Akedah, the binding of his son, Isaac—the divine command to an ancient patriarch to perform a human sacrifice. The story's meaning is contested within and between the three religions. But this foundational narrative is fixed in our collective memory."
3. The Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts to move to Centre College campus in 2014
The Kentucky Center Governor's School for the Arts (GSA), an annual intensive summer arts residency program for Kentucky high school sophomores and juniors, has announced that it will relocate to Centre College in summer 2014. As one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges that strives to create a nurturing environment where creative young people have transformative experiences, Centre College is excited to host students on campus June 22 – July 12.
4. Business Insider lists Brian Klosterboer ’12 as one of the most impressive students at Harvard Law School
Business Insider recently released a list of the 18 most impressive students at Harvard Law School, and Brian Klosterboer ’12, the only first-year on the list, made the cut—though anyone who knew him during his time at Centre would not be surprised.
5. Students make their own luck with new Lincoln tradition
While many Centre College traditions date back to the College's founding, thanks to the College's Lincoln statue, current students have begun a new practice that could become a long-lasting tradition. "Lucky Lincoln," as it's named, involves students placing pennies—face up, of course—on the boots of the Lincoln statue before tests or important events for good luck.
6. Century-overdue library book connects Centre and Kentucky School for the Deaf
No one likes paying library fines, least of all the one incurred by a Centre library book recently found in a desk at Jacobs Hall Museum on the campus of Danville's Kentucky School for the Deaf. The book, which has the date "December, 1828" scrawled on its inside cover, is unofficially 185 years overdue. At the Grace Doherty Library's current overdue rate of 10 cents per day, the fine easily exceeds $6,000.
7. Centre parent Dr. Lillian Meacham coaches current pre-med students
Centre's class of 2013 boasts an impressive 89 percent acceptance rate to medical school, and most students are certainly well-prepared by Centre's rigorous coursework, busy schedules and well-rounded curriculum. However, these students have another very important ace up their lab coats: Dr. Lillian Meacham, Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University.
8. Laura Garrett ’13 uncovers little-known Centre Civil War stories
As an institution nearly two centuries old, Centre is a place with a rich history, and Laura Garrett ’13 now knows that better than anyone. Inspired by a CentreTerm class, she recently delved into Centre's past and came back with a fascinating array of stories—particularly those of women and African-Americans at Centre leading up to and after the Civil War.
9. In between the lines: Dr. Ken Keffer's group painting project teaches the art of originality
Anyone who has been inside the Campus Center has seen the eye-catching crazy-quilt version of Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party" painted by students from H.W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of French and German Ken Keffer's French class. What they may not know is that another Renoir painting, "Le Bal au Moulin de la Galette," is currently in the works, soon to be revealed elsewhere on campus.
10. Rollie Graham ’14 to become 2nd Lieutenant in United States Marine Corps
Rollie Graham ’14 is like many other outstanding and involved Centre students: he spent a semester studying abroad in Shanghai, China; he is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and vice president of administration on the College's Interfraternity Council; he played baseball for the Colonels his freshman year. But when he finishes up his degree in international studies next May, he will begin a rare career for a Centre grad—as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.