Knox College Pumphandle 2010

Pumphandle 2010

September 13, 2010

Knox College's unique all-campus meet and greet was held Thursday, September 9, the day before fall term classes begin. Snapshots below, or experience the long march in about two minutes.

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

Pumphandle draws hundreds of students, faculty and staff to the south lawn of Old Main on the day before the start of classes, a tradition that dates to the 1800s and by 1921 had acquired the name "Pumphandle."

Knox College Pumphandle 2001

President Roger Taylor, here shaking hands with junior John Cusimano, is the first to greet everyone, followed by his wife Anne, Dean and Vice President Lawrence Breitborde, and Vice President Tom Axtell.

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

The women's soccer team formed an arch.

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

John Williams, photo editor of The Knox Student

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

Members of Sigma Alpha Iota

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

Optional chest bump section

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

Mina Rathore, left, a first-year student from McLean, Virginia

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

The hand-shaking line winds through Old Main, under the watchful gaze of Lincoln and Douglas.

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

Not the first guy to ride a bike through the Pumphandle line... (see photo right from Pumphandle exactly ten years ago)

Knox College Pumphandle 2001

Norman Golar, a 2002 Knox graduate, shown here working his way through Pumphandle in September 2001.

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

Why does the line, shown here from inside Old Main, take a unique path each year? Is it random, predetermined, or perhaps chaotic? A collective choice, or a single person's decision? ...

Knox College Pumphandle 2010

... It's a question one might discuss over a picnic dinner, such as the one on the Gizmo patio that follows every Pumphandle.