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Welcome to the Family: The Pink and Purple Penguicorns

by Bama Porter, Opinion Editor

When Camry Sturdivant told me that Big/Little was her favorite tradition and that I should be more excited, I took her advice with a grain of salt. So far, most of the traditions have been mildly interesting at best. Most of the traditions thus far have been meet and greets, chances for the freshmen to get to know the upperclassmen and the faculty. However, Camry was right—Big/Little is now my favorite tradition. Instead of  awkwardly standing around, I got a chance to engage with those who are now my new family.

Although many people do not put much effort into business casual days, this was different. We cared for our appearances almost as much as we did for President’s Reception. Our Big Sisters told us the family colors so we could look like our new family.

Although most of us already knew whom we were signing with, it was still exciting. We each waited patiently for our Big Sister’s name to be called so that we could be presented with our paintings and sign with her in the book. We were then escorted by her around the chapel to sit next to her.

After the signing ceremony, we went to dinner where each family had decorated a table for their family. My family’s table was covered in a black tablecloth, glitter, candy, toys, and lights. The food line was too long, so my family and I sat down at our table to wait.

As we waited, I played with the toys on the table. Rebecca revealed that there were more that her mother told her not to put on the table. Being the independent woman that Rebecca is, she did not listen. The toys that she brought out were noise makers

(the kind that look like a pair of lips) and toys that are slightly similar to sling shots. Rebecca soon learned why her mother warned her not to put these toys on the table. Her mother, Mrs. Karen, was my teacher in the second grade, so she knew how childish I could be. Although this may not have been the exact reason her mother warned her not to put the toys on the table, I am sure that it was a factor that she considered. I played with these toys more than anything because I am childish. I shot Shun, my Big, at least three times. I made the most annoying sounds with the noisemakers until I was lightheaded and needed to breathe.

Rebecca, my Grandbig, told me there was pie. I jumped up faster than Dean Winchester (a main character on the television show “Supernatural”) to get that pie because I love sweets. It was French silk pie, one of my top favorites. I did eat real food, macaroni and cheese and rolls, once the line got shorter.

When we were finished, we cleaned the tables and put them back in their original positions.

We went our separate ways to get into more comfortable clothes, and so I could put down my painting and my new craft box, courtesy of my Big. We met back up at Rebecca’s house to watch a movie. Although our family movie is “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” we ended up watchingSurf’s Up.” I finally made it back to my room at about eleven that night.

Overall, this was a great tradition. I had fun getting to know my new family. At the end of the night, I was beat. I had work the next morning, and I knew that I was going to regret being up that late, but it was worth it. My new family and I hit it off, which is great because next year it will be up to me to make sure our family does not go extinct.

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Judson’s Ladies in Red

On February 16, 2019, Judson College held another spring Preview Day for new and prospective students. Preview Day is always a fun time when girls can stay overnight and then the next day learn about Judson and go on tours of the campus. None of this would be possible without Judson’s lovely ladies in red, the Ambassadors.

Judson Ambassadors are a select group of students chosen to host girls on Preview Day, give tours, and go to conferences to represent Judson College.

Behind every great group of ladies is a leader, and the president of the ambassadors is none other than senior Samantha Queijsen. Queijsen has always had that leadership quality since she was in high school, “I wanted to become an ambassador because in high school, I was in a club called National Honor Society, and they were the ambassadors for the school and I wanted to continue the guidance I gave to underclassmen in high school into college. On top of that mindset, my big sister was currently the president of Ambassadors and she gave me that extra push to apply.”

Taking over this role for the past two years has really given her a lot of self-discipline and the maturity she needs as a woman, “because I do have a role I hold not only to perspectives and students, but to my fellow Ambassadors as well.”

It takes a lot of hard work to become one of these ladies in red, but trying to be the president takes even more hard work. To be the president a woman must have, 1. A leadership quality to take control of whatever is asked of her, 2. She must able to give tasks to her fellow ambassadors and also know their strengths and weaknesses, and lastly 3. She must be kind to her fellow members as well as the rest of the campus.

Ashlee Kendrick, sophomore here at Judson, is also a Judson College Ambassador.  Kendrick finds it to be a great honor to serve and represent her school with pride, along with her other fellow members. Her favorite part of Preview Day is just showing off the school she knows and loves.

“Preview Day is a time where future Judson women get to make the biggest decision of their life. I am just so happy to be a part of that time in their lives.”

Kendrick said she has some advice to give future girls looking to become ambassadors. “If you love Judson and want to tell everyone about it, then being an ambassador is the best thing for you,” she said.

Kassidy Giles is also a sophomore and an ambassador. “Talking about Mother Judson to the new students and making those connections with the Board of Governors and the other alumnae is really exciting to me,” Giles said, “I also like making a new connection with the new students, because I feel like I’m matchmaking for my littles.” Giles also has some advice for anyone interested in joining the ambassadors, “Just show your love for Judson and be willing to go out of your comfort zone and meet new people.”

Finally, senior Lorna Wikle, says. “The reason why I decided to become an ambassador was because of the excitement I had when I was a new student that I want to share that experience with new students.” Preview Day means a lot to Wikle.

“It’s a day to make those new connections, to make that first impression to help a student choose to come here or not, and also to give a chance to make my college shine.” Wikle’s advice for future ambassadors is to “go into it for the right reasons, for others, not just yourself.”

As we see these ladies in red, they really try their best to make a lasting impression on the new students who come and tour and to everyone who comes in contact with them.

“It’s a day to make those new connections, to make that first impression to help a student choose to come here or not, and also to give chance to make my college shine,” says Wikle.

If anyone wants to apply in the future, go talk to Dean Jones, sponsor of the Ambassadors in her office on the second floor of Jewett or email her at



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When the Curtains Close

Agnes (Lela Ball) presents a wounded hand to Mother Superior (Kassidy Giles). Photo by Sarah Combs.
Agnes (Lela Ball) presents a wounded hand to Mother Superior (Kassidy Giles). Photo by Sarah Combs.


Opening night. Those two words struck fear into our hearts as we waited in the backstage wing of the Alumnae Auditorium on the night of November 6. We three actresses had worked hard on this show, as always, but “Agnes of God” was unlike anything that we had ever participated in before—not only because it was being treated as a part of Judson’s Project Curiosity, but also because the twists and turns in Agnes’s story baffled us as actresses just as much as they baffled our audience.

The show, written by John Pielmeier, is about a state psychiatrist named Dr. Martha Livingstone (played by Grace Terry) who is assigned to the case of Agnes, a young, mentally-disturbed nun (played by Lela Ball) accused of murdering her newborn child and stuffing it in a wastepaper basket. However, she is unable to recall anything that happened on the nights of the birth and conception. This leaves the mystery up to Dr. Livingstone to solve, but the leader of the convent, Mother Miriam Ruth (played by myself) only wishes for Agnes to be left alone to fall on the mercy of the court.

Personally, this show was incredibly challenging to deal with. I’d never been in a show that deals with heavy topics such as sexual abuse, uncertainty of identity, and blurred lines between theology and mental health. From an actress’s viewpoint, it’s difficult to place yourself in the same situation that the characters of “Agnes of God” are in simply because it’s so unpleasant to think about. All three characters were so emotionally complex that finding an angle to portray the character was tedious—for example, portraying Mother Miriam too humbly would belittle the strong-minded facet of her personality that Pielmeier wished to project, but playing her too strongly would make her seem less like the Mother Superior of a convent and more like the antagonist in some cult horror film. Because of this complexity, playing the character felt like walking a tightrope or balancing a light switch between on and off. However, Grace, Lela, and I all agree that our experiences with such elaborate characters have provided us with a brand-new understanding of acting that we can all take forward with us as our acting careers progress.

While the show does answer many questions that the audience might have, such as what happened on the night of the birth and who is responsible for the child’s demise, the show leaves most questions unanswered and open to interpretation by the viewers. Additionally, there are many different fields of study that contribute to the thorough understanding of the plot of “Agnes of God”; not only does the show potentially appeal to religion and psychology students, but it also appeals to music, art, and social work students (just to name a few!). It was fascinating (and incredibly satisfying) as a performer to hear a multitude of students from several departments of study show such interest in a performance and want to know more about the play’s context.

It was also exhilarating to stand upon a stage with nervous adrenaline fueling your actions and observe the audience’s reactions to the execution of your lines. The show was performed in universal lighting (meaning that the house lights were on for the entirety of the performance), so it was easy to look out at the faces of those in the crowd and see their astonished expressions as they attempted to unravel the intricacies of the plot, as well as their empathetic reactions to the more emotionally-charged moments. It truly makes you connect with the show on a level that you’d never been able to achieve before, and I think that’s why “Agnes of God” was such an invigorating experience for all of us involved. Something about that feeling of pride and accomplishment that we all experienced after the curtains closed for the final time made us sigh with both relief and amazement, and the knowledge that we were a part of something that both entertained and perplexed our audience made our experience with the show more than worth it.



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Special Organ Recital by Henley Honors Brunson

Judson Trustee Jackie Brunson ‘58, donor of the Allen organ, and Christopher Henley, guest organist, at a special recital in Brunson’s honor on October 11. Photo credit Judson College Music Department.
Judson Trustee Jackie Brunson ‘58, donor of the Allen organ, and Christopher Henley, guest organist, at a special recital in Brunson’s honor on October 11. Photo credit Judson College Music Department.

The Alumnae Auditorium was full on the evening of October 11. The AE event featured Christopher Henley, a talented organist from Talladega, and an Allen organ donated by Trustee Jackie Brunson ’58 in 1996.

The organ is a 2-manual, digital MDS-36 and was donated in honor of Brunson’s husband, Dr. Emmett Thomas Brunson. Brunson herself earned her bachelor of arts in music education from Judson, and later received a masters of science in counseling and psychology in 1988 from Troy University. She was the second female in Judson history to be chair of the Board of Trustees, which she has been a member of since 1972.

Henley serves as both a church and concert organist and has received many accolades in his career, among which was being named one of the “20 Under 30” by “The Diapson Journal” for his work in organ/choral music. He played a variety of works in his concert, including three hymn tunes by Alabama native Sam Batt Owens.

Dr. St. Clair, who attended the University of Alabama at the same time as Henley while pursuing her doctorate, expressed her enthusiasm for the evening: “Chris is a gifted organist whose playing and performances always inspire me.” She continued, “His program selection was quite diverse, allowing him to illustrate every color and nuance of the Allen organ, and he played with great musicality, technical prowess, and passion.   He is a magnificent artist placing every single note exactly as he wants it to be.  The evening was a remarkable success.”

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Curious About CT Day? How to Graduate with Project Curiosity

Picture1As many freshmen have asked in recent days, “What is CT Day?” CT Day is short for “Critical Thinking Day.” This semester it was Friday, November 30, and it was a two-hour event in which students who are taking designated CT courses gave presentations on what they’ve been learning in those classes. Students who are not in these specific upper-level courses were required to attend four of these presentations and sign in to each session. This was a great time to get a feel for how CT Day works and to learn what your classmates are doing in other departments. There is a CT Day at the end of each semester at Judson.

This semester, students from classes like Intro to Abstract Algebra and Music History I gave presentations. English and history students presented on their research papers for English History to 1603 on topics such as the Celtic calendar. Students in Marketing had to research and decide how to promote products like Fitbit to theoretically increase profit margins. Cell Biology students gave PowerPoint presentations on neurodegenerative disorders like canine degenerative myelopathy, and the Spanish Syntax class wrote children’s books entirely in Spanish to present to their peers.

CT Day is the most visible aspect of Judson’s QEP, or Quality Enhancement Program, which is titled “Project Curiosity.” Since Dr. Robert Metty’s departure last year, Dr. Cindy St. Clair has become the head of the QEP committee. She recently hosted a CT presentation in Lowder on October 25 to explain how Project Curiosity works and what the CT requirements are.

The goal of Project Curiosity is to improve the intellectual environment of the college and to teach students to think critically both inside and outside the classroom. Though there are CT courses that focus more specifically on these goals, they apply to every class on campus. Students are required to take three CT courses before they graduate. One of these must be in the student’s major area (if she has multiple majors, there must be at least one in each major area). If the student is taking multiple CT courses in a single semester, only one of those will count toward the total three.

Upon completing a CT class, the presenters must go into their Moodle and open the class labeled QEP portfolio. Follow the instructions to upload the final paper/presentation for the class, the project rubric, and the provided self-assessment survey. These three things are required for each of the three CT classes, in addition to one final student reflective essay, in order to graduate. The reflective assignments help faculty and administration improve academics for future generations of Judson students.


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Joy to the World: 2018 Christmas Vespers

Photo by Pixabay.
Photo by Pixabay.

This year’s Christmas Vespers will be held on December 1 in Alumnae Auditorium and will be led by the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts. The event will offer a more theatrical vibe to celebrate Christ’s birth, organizers say.

“Vespers is a special service where we focus on Jesus as a newborn Savior,” said Dr. Cindy St. Clair, head of the Music Department. “It is a great time for all Judson community to come together to worship Christ.”

Christmas Vespers will be a collaborative work of Music, English, Religion, Social Work, and Distance Learning departments. The event’s main coordinators, St. Clair and  religion professor Stephanie Peek, have a joint vision of instilling a precious connection between the Christmas story and the Judson community in a brand-new way.

In previous years, Christmas Vespers has been joyfully celebrated in a choir concert, a musical celebration of Christ’s birth. This year, however, the event will take the form of a theater concert. There will be narration of the Christmas story read from Scripture by different speakers, along with Christmas music by the Judson Singers, music professors, and other music ensembles and accompanists.

“It’s not going to be a choir concert like it’s been in the past, so it’s going to be more like a service,” St. Clair said.

The narrators of the night will be Peek and Dr. Stacey Parham, chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division and head of the English Department. They will start with Scripture describing the Israelite people in exile, waiting for their missing king, and then share verses showing the King’s return after hundreds of years.

Peek said the purpose of the event is to “craft the service that can tell the story of Christ contextually so that we can put Christ’s birth in the context of the bigger narrative [of Scripture].”

The event will be all about making connections between students, faculty members, and staff. Those attending the event will receive the joy of good news for the Christian life and  be able to reconsider the story of Christmas — a story that is more than just the season of sweaters and presents.

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Treats on Bibb Street

Picture17What do October 31, Judson College and the entire community of Marion have in common? Treats on Bibb Street, of course!

Treats on Bibb is a wonderful time of the year where the Judson community holds a safe trick-or-treat event in Marion for all the children of the community. Students who have been at Judson for a while know Treats on Bibb is a community tradition. But for the Freshman, they got to experience the annual event first hand.

The first freshmen Emma Veitch, did not understand what Treats on Bibb was all about, but once she saw and helped run a booth, she finally understood. Veitch helped run the English club’s booth, which was a cute game of throwing a bean bag at a dragon and trying to knock it over to. “Seeing the children all happy when they got their candy was my favorite of the whole evening and I cannot wait till next year, so I can do it all over again.”

Kaitlyn Smith, had never heard of Treats on Bibb and was not sure what is was, but to her it sounded like fun. She dressed up like a princess out of a fairytale and went to work for the English club. At the end of the night Smith felt really happy for what she did for the children of the community. “I enjoyed Treats on Bibb, because it allowed me to participate in a safe trick-or-treating environment for all of the kids in Marion.”


Next I spoke to Madison Egnew. When she first of Treats on Bibb, she had no idea what the heck was going on, until that night. Egnew helped with Education Department’s booth, “we had cut out different size circles and mouth pieces so the children could make their own emoji.” This was her favorite part of the night, watching all the kids have fun made her night.

Another freshman, Deana Pugh is no stranger to how Treats on Bibb works. Even though it is not like the one she helps with in her hometown, there are similar. Deana dressed up as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, but she did forget her hat so she was a little upset about that, but the Equine Science club had a “unicorn” named Bucky, who was held by Jennifer Hoggle, which made up for the missing hat in Pugh’s eyes.

The next freshman was Lela Ball, who dressed up as a zombie looking thing, she was not exactly sure what she really was. Ball said “The first time I heard someone mention Treats on Bibb, I thought we were going to be making goods or something like that, but when I found out I was really excited.” Ball helped with the Music Departments booth, which was musical chairs, and with the English club as well. Her favorite part of the night was helping run the other booths set up and hanging out with all my friends.

Lastly AJ McKay helped with the Music Departments booth. It was very different than what she had originally thought the night was going to be. “I imagined it was going to be like trick-or-treating on the square, but it was on Bibb Street.” She really enjoyed seeing all the people just get to have fun in a safe environment.”

Now that the freshmen have gotten used to the wonderful ways of not Judson College and how the students, faculty, and staff spend their Halloween night every year a fun place for everyone to just come and hang out with one another and see the people they don’t really get to during the semester, but also a safe place for the children of the community and their families.  Hoping all the freshman have even a better experience next year, because next year they will be the ones showing the freshman the ropes. GOOD LUCK FRESHMEN!



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Pop-in Night Pops Out at Upperclassmen

Top to bottom, L-R: The Lion family dressed up as “Lion King” characters for Pop-in Night 2015; This 2015 gem was captioned “Arienne Borowski and Nicole Smith sling shot candy to the upperclassmen”; This pair hails from 1985—“LaDeana Cook and Leigh Pritchett are ready for a toga party (or the Greek Olympics?)”; The 2018 Frog family was garbed as various fruit; Some monsters from the Penguin family gathered in Barron lobby for Pop-in Night 2018; Marissa McNamara, costumed as her family animal (lion) in the blacklight among this year’s decorations; This Halloween 1985 photo is captioned “Teresa Hall and Ada Patrick are appropriately attired for their Nerd family.” Photos by Kate Wright and The Conversationalist, 1986 & 2016 .
Top to bottom, L-R: The Lion family dressed up as “Lion King” characters for Pop-in Night 2015; This 2015 gem was captioned “Arienne Borowski and Nicole Smith sling shot candy to the upperclassmen”; This pair hails from 1985—“LaDeana Cook and Leigh Pritchett are ready for a toga party (or the Greek Olympics?)”; The 2018 Frog family was garbed as various fruit; Some monsters from the Penguin family gathered in Barron lobby for Pop-in Night 2018; Marissa McNamara, costumed as her family animal (lion) in the blacklight among this year’s decorations; This Halloween 1985 photo is captioned “Teresa Hall and Ada Patrick are appropriately attired for their Nerd family.” Photos by Kate Wright and The Conversationalist, 1986 & 2016 .

This year’s Pop-in Night might best be described as “extra.” Pop-in Night was held on Thursday, November 1 to accommodate for Treats on Bibb Street the night before. As such, the upperclassmen had plenty of time to devote to their costumes. The Owl family followed the theme of masquerade, the Frogs were pieces of fruit, the Parrots went as the emotions from the movie “Inside Out,” and the African Lions were simply lions, just to name a few.

Meanwhile, in Kirtley, the freshmen were preparing for an over-the-top haunted house experience. The dorm was darkened and the families were allowed down the first hall one or two at a time for maximum spook factor. Spiderwebs and garbage bags hung from the ceiling, “bloody” handwriting was scrawled on the walls, black light glowed on faces, doors slammed, and the occasional frightened scream rang out down the hall as a freshman would grab at an upperclassman from a dark corner.

The freshmen were free with their candy and graciously received their signs in return. There was a table of Halloween treats in the lobby for everyone to enjoy once they had braved the gauntlet of spooks and were ready to finish the night.

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There’s a Meaning to Old Traditions

Judson would be a much duller place without her traditions. Some are large, public traditions, like Rose Sunday and Hockey Day. Others are smaller and quieter, and these come and go with time. For instance, according to one alum, during the singing of “There’ll Always Be a Judson,” her class used to stomp when they reached the phrase “there’s all a million marching feet.” Printed here are just a few of the traditions that make Judson so special to us today, and the origin stories behind them.

Left: The 1959 pageant bride and groom as pictured in the 1960 Conversationalist. Right: In this year’s pageant, Larry (Brianna Arriaga) and Bianca (Kassidy Giles) were the closest thing to a pageant bride and groom!
Left: The 1959 pageant bride and groom as pictured in the 1960 Conversationalist. Right: In this year’s pageant, Larry (Brianna Arriaga) and Bianca (Kassidy Giles) were the closest thing to a pageant bride and groom!

Pageant as we know it today is a Judson-ized version of a stage play put on by the Jr-Sophs as a gift to their big-sister class. In the past, pageant served the same function as ivy weaving for Rose Sunday—symbolizing the union between the freshmen and Jr-Sophs. And it wasn’t a play—it was a wedding.

Judson women put on many plays over the course of the year—notably the freshmen used to put on a performance on Halloween night, and a “May Day pageant” was listed on a 1941 social calendar and celebrated for many more years. The big performance of the year, however, given mid-fall semester was the Junior-Freshman Wedding.

According to the 1941 edition of The Conversationalist, “One of the most beautiful traditions of Judson College is that of the uniting of the sister classes. At the beginning of each year Miss Freshman is wed to Mr. Junior. Both the
best-man and the maid-of-honor are from the freshman class. The president of the junior class serves as matron-of-honor, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen are taken from both classes. The sponsors of the two classes sit in places reserved for ‘the family,’ and the bride is given in marriage by the president of the college.” The vows, as reproduced in the 1959 yearbook, included the words, “And God created the evergreen—a symbol of love—to bind the years and seasons together, so that each is a part, but all are the whole.”

Based on perusal of old yearbooks, it appears that the last solitary wedding was held in 1959, though elements of drama appear to have been incorporated into a Beauty and the Beast narrative alongside the wedding ceremony. The next year still had a wedding preceding the “real thing,” according to that year’s
Conversationalist, which seems to have been some type of royal ceremony around the theme of “Building a Noble Life.” The first pageant as we know it appears to have been held in 1961, when “The magical powers of Aladdin’s lamp revealed the desired qualities of Love, Loyalty, and Life.” The concept of vows, or a pledge between the classes (still a junior-frosh bond) remained, primarily symbolized by the passing on of the ring on a chain. The passing on of the ring is now a part of the virtue ceremony, which is the remaining junior-frosh component of the pageant performance.

“Posy” goblets—At the big-little banquet next semester, dozens of big sisters will give their new littles “posies”—whimsically decorated wine glasses to hold “Judson wine” (sparkling grape juice).

The posies are not nearly so old a tradition as one might imagine. Their predecessor is the rosy goblet. The unadorned pink or red glass is a tradition of uncertain origin that is accompanied by the senior song of the same name, and one that alumnae are attempting to resurrect on campus.

According to Lenora Moore Kendrick ’92, the posies were “not meant to be a tradition.” Getting your rosy goblet used to be a big deal—you got it your Jr-Soph year at Rose Sunday, and you could use it right away. In fact, you might even see Jr-Sophs enjoying them sitting on top of the gazebo during Jr-Soph weekend.

Kendrick and her roommate had ordered rosies for their littles, but when Rose Sunday arrived, the glasses had not. Not wishing to disappoint their littles, they purchased some cordial glasses and wrapped them up. They had a seal party after the Rose Sunday serenade, and their littles were excited, asking “Am I going to get my rosy goblet tonight?” Instead, Kendrick and her roommate presented their littles with the clear glasses, playfully saying that they hadn’t “earned” their rosy goblet yet, so they were receiving this trial “posy.” They got their rosies later in the semester, but word about the posies spread and now they are a tradition more prevalent than the original.

Potato—Sometimes a tradition arises from the inability to say something. Like “happy nocturnal visions” and “happy sleep stories” as underclassmen substitutes for “good night, sweet dreams,” the term “potato” has taken hold in recent years to describe the freshmen who may become little sisters to the Jr-Sophs. Since Judson has transitioned to make sure the freshmen are the ones who make the final decision about who will be their big sisters, efforts have been made in recent years to prevent Jr-Sophs from verbally claiming littles before they should. Until 2014, the correct term to use for someone who was sitting on your blanket and would likely sign with you was “potential little sister,” or “potential” for short. Fifth-year senior Fariss (now a distance learning student) recalls that her freshman year the term “potential” was problematic, and so, she “said ‘if we can’t be potentials, then we shall be potatoes.’” This didn’t catch on universally, especially at first—for example, the Indian Runner Ducks used the terms “blanket peasant” and “blanket overlord” for a time. However, potato has survived for a few generations now, and may continue in future years.


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Judson’s Favorite Time of The Year

by Camry Sturdivant

Hockey All-Star team. Photo by Sarah Fowler.
Hockey All-Star team. Photo by Sarah Fowler.

Hockey Day is one of the best days here on campus, as well as one of the alumnae’s favorite times to fellowship with their past and present Judson sisters. This special day is an annual tradition at Judson College.  Hockey Day is always the first weekend in November. Judson faculty, students, and alumnae don their hockey sticks, shin guards, and socks and play hockey. The hockey field lies at the heart and center of the Judson campus.  As soccer coach Justin Pino sprayed the hockey field lines on the field, excitement was flowing through the air for the weekend. The requirements to play on Hockey Day are quite simple: all you have to do is sign up! To participate in Hockey Day, you cannot be a basketball player because of the risk of injuries before the season.  If you are a part of the soccer, volleyball, softball, or equestrian teams, all you have to do is ask your coach for permission to play.

Hockey practice began on Tuesday, Oct.  9 at 4  p.m. The rain at the Judson campus postponed a couple of Hockey Day practices.  When practice was held, the field was quite damp, so many students got down and dirty to show off their skills.  After a couple of practices, the teams were finally formed. For the teams, there are the seniors, Jr-Frosh, all-stars, and alumnae.  The Jr-Frosh are the sophomore and freshman players combined. The all-stars are the best of the best, and they are voted among the players to play against the alumnae.  The captain of the Jr-Frosh team was Jyasmine Torres. The captain for the senior team was Megan Matthews.

Senior  hockey team. Photo by Sarah Fowler.
Senior hockey team. Photo by Sarah Fowler.

Hockey Day finally arrived on  November 3, 2018, and the campus was filled with laughter and smiles for the big day.  Sophomore Jyasmine Torres said, “I have been waiting for this day to claim victory.” Sadly, this victory did not come.  The seniors won their hockey game against the Jr.-Frosh, and the all-stars won against the alumnae. The time increments for the games were two 20-minute halves filled with hard work, hustle, and teamwork as the players scrapped for the hockey puck.

The students also had the opportunity to order hockey day shirts to keep that memory with them forever.  The alumnae had the option to stay on campus to bond with their past and present Judson sisters. Quite a few of them revisited their old rooms in the Kirtley, Barron, or WMU dormitories and told stories of their times at Judson to the current students.  This becomes a very loving moment and shows what Judson is all about.


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