Blue Skies and Sunshine at Dipnic

  • Wiffle Ball!  
  • Jill Simeral (left) and Carol Davis from the Department of Theater, Dance & Film.  

It was a beautiful day for a picnic, Franklin & Marshall style.

On a breezy, sun-splashed Tuesday afternoon, about 400 members of the F&M community turned out for the 24th annual Dipnic on Hartman Green. They gathered to share a good meal, enjoy a cold drink or two and take in a friendly game of bingo, volleyball or Wiffle Ball.

This year’s theme was Hipnic Dipnic, and folks got into the spirit of the day by dressing in their best hippie wear. Some even carried mock protest signs. 1960s-era music filtered through the speakers on the green, adding to the throwback vibe.

MaryAnn Russell, Dipnic committee chair and academic coordinator of the Psychology Department, considered the event to be a success. “No one asked for the job for next year,” she said with a laugh.

Once again, a highlight of the event was the annual Dipnic Wiffle Ball Challenge, organized by Associate Dean David Stameshkin, prefect of Bonchek College House.

In the championship game, the TNTs, the squad reporting to Dean of the College Kent Trachte, relied on late-game defense and the clutch pitching of Missy Krempa, head field hockey coach, to edge the defending champion Heroes, 3-2.

The TNTs reached the Championship Game with a thrilling, 1-0 extra-inning nail-biter over the Wonders, the team reporting to Provost Ann Steiner. The Heroes, who report to Vice Presidents Helen Bowman and Keith Orris, earned their place in the finals by defeating the Warriors, a unit comprising professional staff from Admission, Advancement and Communications, 4-1.

Tim Brixius, Web producer and multimedia specialist, and a member of the Dipnic Committee, took photographs throughout the day. View his pictures here.

Fellow Dipnic committee member Mike Horn, technical services assistant at Shadek-Fackenthal Library, put together a slideshow of his own.

The other members of the Dipnic committee were Janie Weidman in the Office of Financial Aid and Richelle Wagner, laboratory manager in the Psychology Department.

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