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We Lose Our Guiness Record
Though it’s a strange story for the month of October, it seems that the Guinness Book of World Records has just certified a school by the name of Michigan Technological University for having made the world’s biggest snowball. The former record holder was none other than Dartmouth College — it was our only standing Guinness record.
The Detroit Free Press reports:
About 30 students at the school in the Upper Peninsula pitched in to make a 9.28-foot-high snowball with a circumference of 32.94 feet. The March 29 effort took more than two hours. This week, a certificate noting it as the world’s largest arrived from Guinness.
Parshwa Patwa, a third-year mechanical engineering student, organized the effort to break the record that had been held by Dartmouth College. Patwa recorded the feat on video, and estimated the snowball weighed three or four tons.
The snowball’s diameter was listed as 10.45 feet, according to the Guinness website. Sticky snow on the ground helped the effort, Patwa said.
“The day we broke the record was the nicest day in … two weeks,” Patwa said.
Two licensed surveyors were on hand to verify the snowball’s size. Students involved in the record attempt were from the school’s chapter of ASME, a society of mechanical engineers. Lots of snow to work with is typical for winters in Houghton, where the school is located.
CBS Detroit noted the record, too.
Addendum: At least the College’s administration is widely considered to be more efficient than Detroit’s municipal government.
Addendum: Taking back the record seems like a good project for Carnival this year.
October 18, 2009
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August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…