Students and alumni mingle at street fair

Mon, 2007-10-15 10:03 -- univcomm
October 15, 2007

Anderson University students past, present and probably future gathered along University Boulevard Saturday for the Ravenfest street fair.

Held as part of AU’s Homecoming weekend, the fair included students selling everything from cookies to dates with college-aged men to raise money for their various campus organizations.

Junior Meredith Christopfel was manning a booth selling T-shirts and work by students artists. She said she appreciated having a relaxing setting in which to celebrate the university’s traditions.

“It’s cool to see a lot of the alumni come back with their kids,” she said.

Sophomores Josh MacInnes and Jason Bollman were operating a grill, cooking hot dogs to raise money for their dormitory, Dunn Hall.

Bollman said the fair was a lot like a fall festival.

MacInnes said he was looking forward to the afternoon football game. He is one of 10 men from Dunn Hall collectively known as the 3rd Floor Drumline who paint themselves and beat barrels from the bleachers at AU football games and other sporting events.

“We’re not too fancy,” he said. “We try to keep it simple. We’re just there to have a good time.”

For AU graduates and anyone interested in the school’s history, the alumni tent displayed old photographs and yearbooks going back to the 1930s.

Debbie Kinner, class of 1976, said she always participates in Homecoming. It’s even a bigger deal since her children are also AU students.

“I love the street fair,” she said. “I love to see all my old classmates. I also like seeing the parents of my kids’ friends.”

Bonnie Newell, a 1971 AU graduate, drove from Middletown, Ohio to attend Homecoming, like she does almost every year.

“It’s just fun to see everyone come back and have fun as if no time has passed,” she said.

Newell planned to attend the football game later that day and the Jon McLaughlin concert in the evening.

Amber and Cliff Ritchey, 1999 and 2000 respectively, also planned to see the game and concert, followed by friends from out of town stopping by their house.

“We’re one of the few who are still in Anderson,” Amber Ritchey said, “so it’s just nice to meet with friends and catch up.”

–Barrett Newkirk is a reporter for The Herald Bulletin in Anderson. Story republished with permission.

Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.