By Candice Bang 12C
Call it pushball light.
The original Emory pushball weighed in at about 180 pounds, which is part of the reason why the annual rough-and-tumble freshman-sophomore match was outlawed in 1955. But a version of it was revived in October in honor of the university’s 175th anniversary during a special Wonderful Wednesday celebration, planned to get students into the anniversary spirit.
The updated game—played on McDonough Field with a big, blue, inflatable ball weighing mere ounces—may have lacked the gravitas of its predecessor, but then it was missing the accompanying concussions and broken bones, too.
Nearby, on Asbury Circle, a live band played covers of 1970s hits. Hot dogs, anniversary cupcakes, and Coca-Cola products completed the atmosphere of festivity.
The day before, Oxford College Dean Stephen Bowen lit a torch at Oxford that was carried to the Atlanta campus for the Wednesday celebration.
College senior Haley Snyder 12C said the celebration felt “like a big family picnic.” And freshman Howard Lio 15C added, “It was nice to see some Emory spirit . . . this has been the best Wonderful Wednesday so far. It was great to even see President Wagner come out and get a chance to just chat with him.”