Jack Hope, Online Opinions Editor, experiences move in weekend and the people who made campus fame.
Another year, another moving in weekend. I had the pleasure of helping on two days and meeting the other volunteers. A shout out needs to be made to everyone who helped, everything ran so smoothly and was so easy. I was astonished at the amount of freshers helping themselves; one even started helping our group immediately after unpacking! Students, old and new, undertook 272 shifts, amounting to 1,478 volunteer hours. On the final day (Sunday), I’m sure it was nearing the point of more volunteers than freshers arriving; you couldn’t move for seeing pink t-shirted helpers.
However, among those helping, one individual stood out above the rest. She was seen by nearly everyone arriving, whether fresher, current student or staff, she was noticed by them. She became a mini legend over move in weekend. Some know her as ‘dancing directions girl’, I’m privileged to know her as Callie Edwards; and she is a legend among mortals.
Callie volunteered to provide directions when visitors first entered campus, directing traffic to the right areas. Instead of standing still and pointing however, Callie took it upon herself to create a disco atmosphere; she didn’t point, she gestured with style. Armed with her phone and a speaker, Callie danced directions all day, every day.
Once hearing about this tale, I had to see it for myself and was lucky enough to be invited to join in. I spent an hour dancing and giving directions, keeping the party alive. All I can say is, I don’t know where she got the energy. Like all heroes, Callie faced challenges and potential disaster and halfway through the day her speaker ran out of battery. Was all lost? No way. Like a true trooper Callie used her phone speaker in hand and powered on.
It is this amazing spirit that we must appalled and need to congratulate, it is this amazing spirit that makes this campus awesome. Callie Edwards, keep being the legend you are, we salute your dedication.