February 12, 2010

Students brave icy water to support community

Basic human survival instincts imply that you should never wear a bikini outdoors in the dead of winter, never wear flip-flops right after a blizzard and never intentionally jump into an icy river. On Saturday, approximately 100 people, the majority of them University students, took their turn doing all three at Lewisburg's fifth annual Polar Bear Plunge.

Wearing everything from bikinis to a sombrero, participants tip-toed, ran, dove and splashed their way into the 34 degree river at the St. George Street Boat Ramp under the watchful eye of the Lewisburg Fire and Rescue Squad. With a 16-degree wind chill factor, participants had little to look forward to when they returned from the icy waters, but spirits were still high for the event. (read more)

Racial incident reveals tension

African American students have become the target of racial slurs on campus in the past few months, most recently on Monday, January 25. 

According to students present at the incident and several administrators, at approximately 5 p.m. on Jan. 25 two men in a turquoise pick-up truck drove by an African American student, shouted a derogatory racial slur and drove away.   

 "Incidents like this one are an affront to Bucknell, and they will not be tolerated. The language involved and the threatening climate it creates are an insult not only to the student at whom this slur was directed but also to the values of our University," University President Brian C. Mitchell said in a statement about the incident Wednesday. (read more)



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