As Cornhuskin’ gets closer, now just under a month away, The Herald interviewed a few of this year’s Cornhuskin’ Co-Chairs to see how they’re doing during this stressful time. Cornhuskin’ is a campus-wide celebration of the fall season and has included skits, dancing and performances by the Oddballs and Bathtub Ring in the past. This year is the 71st Cornhuskin’ at Meredith.
When asked how she is doing, Consepcion Cruz-Valencia, ‘23, said, “My co-chair, Aminah Jenkins, and I are doing fine so far as we are planning for an in-person Cornhuskin. Obviously, planning for Cornhuskin’ now is way different than planning it in 2019 because we have a lot to take into account.” Jeanine Carryl, ‘22, added, “We’re re-examining how we think of Cornhuskin’ and how to best support Cornhuskin’ co-chairs, especially freshmen, during this time.” The freshman Cornhuskin’ Ch-Chairs, Ella Cannon and Savannah Stainback, stated, “We’re super excited for what this year holds in store for us since this is our first Cornhuskin’.”
Cornhuskin’ can be a stressful and anticipatory time for campus members. Because of this, Cornhuskin’ Co-Chairs need help from their class members. When asked how class members can best help, Cannon and Stainback emphasized that checking email for Cornhuskin' information and staying informed would be most helpful to them. Carryl wanted to stress that Cornhuskin’ isn’t meant to be a stressful tradition, and the stress associated with Cornhuskin’ is something that needs to be rethought. She said, “This should be a time to meet new friends, be creative and dance way too long in parking lots at night. We need to not only be thinking of our physical health but our mental health as well.” Cruz-Valencia said that class members can best help her by “checking their emails frequently, following COVID-19 guidelines set by Meredith, being flexible with us because everything is still up in the air and lastly to just have fun.”
Cornhuskin’ hasn’t happened in-person since 2019, and when Carryl was asked about what to expect from this Cornhuskin’ she said, “Expect some changes as to how Cornhuskin’ is traditionally done. We need to promote unity, accommodate those that need it, and ask questions to make sure that everything we do for Cornhuskin’ is meant to promote unity and a sense of belonging on campus.” Cruz-Valencia added that “Cornhuskin' has not always been a positive experience for [many of] us, especially our freshman year. Our class should expect inclusivity and overall a very laid-back in-person Cornhuskin'.”
Cornhuskin' will be a novel experience for the Classes of '24 and '25, and the Classes of '23 and '22 will also be experiencing this cornerstone tradition in a new way. Participation in Cornhuskin' activities this year will require masks and social distancing as well as adherence to Meredith's community standards. More information on this will be released at a later date.
By Freya Dahlgren, Staff Writer