Mount Union Commemorates Earth Hour

March 25, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Nearly 300 members of the University of Mount Union community participated in a special event to commemorate Earth Hour on Saturday evening.

The event, held at Mount Union Stadium, was planned in conjunction with a global initiative to inspire millions of people in 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries and territories to switch lights off for an hour as a massive show of concern for the environment.

Several incentives were offered prior to the event to encourage attendance and included an opportunity for attendees to run a mile with Harry Paidas, chair of the department of communication, and free T-shirts for the first 200 in attendance.

At 8:30 p.m., all lights in the stadium were turned off and attendees used cell phone lights to spell out “2012 Champs” in the stands. At the conclusion of the event, attendees joined President Richard F. Giese and Sandra Giese and members of Mount Union’s President’s Council, performing a rendition of “The Harlem Shake” on the field.

"Earth Hour was a very cool event,” said senior management and Spanish major Zac Suhar of Cedarburg, Wis. “’I’m glad that Mount Union could be a part of such a powerful and moving environmental movement.”

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