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Alumni Gather Home

On November 5, students, faculty, and alumni gathered in the campus quadrangle in celebration of Berea College's sesquicentennial homecoming.

In the background of a sea of faces new and familiar, old and young, were various booths hosted by campus groups and organizations that boasted an array of freebies and activities. The crowd was offered caramel apples, cotton candy, hot drinks and even massages. Many stopped at different booths to view the Lincoln Hall display, student crafts and Edge laptop demonstrations, and take pictures with John G. Fee. For the more active, a cornhole game had been set up along with an inflatable train for the little future Bereans to romp in.

For those who were content to people-watch and mingle with old pals, wonderful music was provided by John Courter on the carillon, the Bluegrass Band, and the Afro-Latin drummers; and a special performance by the BC Country Dancers provided delight to both ears and eyes.

Even after the carnival was over, the chairs stacked, and the hay bales moved away, the crowd could still leave its mark on this monumental occasion. Alfredo Escobar, a community member and artist, was on hand to make a public mural that artistically chronicled BC's history. Everyone present, from the oldest to the youngest, was invited to help paint the mural, and give feedback to Escobar.

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