Soggy Celebration


Stormy weather forced one of Berry’s oldest traditions to be a bit untraditional this year.

The weekend brought gray skies and very little sunshine, but that did not stop students, alumni, faculty and staff from celebrating founder Martha Berry’s 150th birthday, and the 101st year of Mountain Day. Mountain Day Olympics brought out students’ competitive side with events ranging from an egg toss to a human pyramid contest. This year’s dorm themes included lifeguards, NASCAR, superheroes and GREASE. After a dismal weather forecast, college officials decided to postpone the grand march and move other activities, including the picnic lunch, inside Krannert Center. Later that afternoon, students and alumni enjoyed the carnival rides of Marthapalooza for a few hours without rain.

In the first Mountain Day on-campus game, the football team beat Washington University, 20-13, bringing their record to 3-0 in the conference and continuing the Vikings’ undefeated record at Valhalla. Despite the weather, more than 3,500 people came to the game.

“It feels great to have the best fans in SAA. We lead the conference in attendance,” junior Mitchell Blanchard said. “It’s great to keep an undefeated record at home and on Mountain Day.”

Mountain Day also capped the last shows of Berry College Theatre Company’s “The Nerd.” More than 1,000 people attended eight performances.

Written by Public Relations Student Supervisor Elizabeth Bradford. Photos by student photographers Lauren Neumann, Sara Leimbach and Kelsey McCray.