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COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Lindsey Wilson College student
Token Percell received a rude awakening Wednesday morning.
Shortly before 7 a.m. CT, Percell sprang out of his bed when he
heard fire alarms, people speaking through bullhorns and fists
pounding on doors.
"I didn't know what it was at first," said Percell, a freshman
from Bowling Green, Ky.
Then he realized the occasion for stirring students shortly
after dawn -- it was Malvina Farkle Day on Lindsey Wilson's A.P.
Malvina Farkle Day -- which is named after a mythical college
student and employee who was dedicated to community service and
good times -- includes a morning of community‑service activities,
followed by an afternoon of campus games.
Students are not told when the day will be celebrated, but they
are told that it will likely come shortly after the start of the
Classes were dismissed and offices were closed Wednesday,
following a proclamation issued by Lindsey Wilson President William
T. Luckey Jr.
"There is an amazing group of talent in this room," Luckey told the students Wednesday morning in
Roberta D. Cranmer Dining & Conference Center. "You're an
incredible generation with a heart for service unlike when I went
to college, I can tell you."
Luckey told the students Malvina Farkle Day is an opportunity
for the LWC community to give back to Columbia-Adair County.
"We're going to be making improvements all across this community
today," he said. "When you get right down to it, that's what it's
about: trying to make this a better place for people who follow
Percell was among a group of LWC students who helped clean the
A.P. White Campus. But hundreds of other students, faculty and
staff members dispersed into Columbia-Adair County to work with
school children, the elderly and nature. Community projects
included washing windows at Trinity United Methodist Church,
cleaning cages at Green River Animal Shelter, sprucing up the grave
of Col. William Casey and performing small maintenance jobs at Joe
Johnson Little League Park.
"We hold the day early in the year to give our new students a
chance to bond with one another, and we also want them to go out
into the community and learn more about Columbia-Adair County,"
said LWC Student Activities Director Jayne Hopkins, who was
responsible for organizing the day's events.
Associate Dean of the Faculty Lori Sargent led
a contingent of 46 to the Old Home Place near the Taylor-Adair
county line. The almost four dozen volunteers pulled grass out of
the pumpkin patch, cleaned pathways in the corn maze, cleared an
area near the property's spring and brushed rust off antique
equipment that will be restored.
"It's an opportunity to put into practice what you say you
believe in," Senters said.
Lindsey Wilson seniors Molly Atkinson of Louisville, Ky., Megan
Harris of Morganfield, Ky., and Amanda Johnson Morganfield said
that in the four years they have participated in the event they
have seen Malvina Farkle Day bring the college closer to its host
community as well as students from different backgrounds
"I like that people come out of their rooms to do
something together," Atkinson said.
Harris said students' participation in the day "shows the
community that we care."