Yet another reason that I’ve been missing from the blogosphere — my job. But here’s the evidence that I’ve still been doing stuff and not just dropped off the face of the earth…or maybe the edge of internet? You choose, I suppose.
Seniors forced to choose between walking and running
by Sydney Sheltz
Bethel College’s graduation ceremony is scheduled as the same day as the NCCAA Championship and senior members of the track and field team are being forced to choose whether or not to run their race or to walk the stage for their diploma.
This is the second year that both of these events have coincided on the same day and some of the seniors are having a hard time choosing between the two.
Avante Newsome Gunn, senior at Bethel, participates in the 100 and 200 meter races, the 4 x 400 meter relay, and long jump.
Gunn will be graduating at the end of the 2014 fall semester but when asked how it would affect her teammates she said, “We’ve all graduated high school before but track finals are a once in a lifetime opportunity. Who knows if we will ever be able to run competitively again? I’d rather do something I love.”
Gunn isn’t the only one who feels this way.
Cinnamon Green, senior at Bethel College and the first person in her family to graduate college, is a member of the track team and throws shot-put, hammer, and weights. Because she is a first generation graduate, this is an important choice for her.
When asked to explain the situation Green said, “It’s like having to choose from your track family and your actual family. It’s a lose-lose situation.”
However, Green has decided to participate in the track national finals. “It’s my last competition and I want to go out with a bang.”
Like Green, senior Tanner Foust will be a first generation graduate. He runs the 100 and 200 meter races, the 400 meter race, the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relay as well as competing in high jump.
Foust has also chosen to run in the track finals rather than attend graduation.
“I’m going to graduate school for physical therapy so it’s not the end of school for me. I’d rather finish my track career and compete,” Foust said when explaining his choice.
Foust also said that some of the seniors had tried to remedy the problem by talking with vice president of academic services, Barb Bellefeuille.
“We met with Barb Bellefeuille about a month ago,” Foust said.
According to Bellefeuille, Bethel College is taking steps to try and remedy the situation. She said, “We have already contacted the NCCAA and ask why they are holding finals on the day when most colleges in the nation will be holding graduation. The most important thing is that is that the seniors receive the honor that is due.”
As of right now though, the graduation ceremony is still scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015 and the NCCAA Championship is scheduled in Rome, Georgia from Thursday, April 30, 2015 to Saturday, May 2, 2015.