Students play mini-golf with President Perry

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Liz Dowell

President Bill Perry poses for photos with a group of friends during Putt Putt with the Prez Tuesday in McAfee Gymnasium.

Luis Martinez, Staff Reporter

President Bill Perry was seen playing a few rounds of mini-golf with about 15 students at Putt-Putt with the Prez Tuesday in the McAfee Gym.

“When I was growing up, I loved to do miniature golf, and I wasn’t a very good golfer,” Perry said. “But miniature golf is a lot of fun.”

Different student organizations created the golf course, which included cardboard, painting canvases and flowerpots.

President William Perry and Bradly Ogilvie, a junior mathematics and comupter science major, play putt putt golf during Putt Putt with the Prez Tuesday in McAfee Gymnasium.
Liz Dowell
President William Perry and Bradly Ogilvie, a junior mathematics and comupter science major, play putt putt golf during Putt Putt with the Prez Tuesday in McAfee Gymnasium.

Some of the student organization that helped with the course included Thomas and Andrews halls, the African Student Association and GLAM Modeling.

All of the organizations were provided with the materials needed to make the golf holes by Student Senate members.

Shirmeen Ahmad, the student vice president for academic affairs, said other golf materials were sponsored by a public golf course in Mattoon.

“We got our golf clubs and golf balls from Vinnie & Al’s, a putt-putt place in Mattoon, for free.” Ahmad said. “We reached out to different student organizations to help create the holes for the course.”

Perry said he thought mini-golf was a great idea.

Perry spent most of the event talking with many of the students in attendance.

“I also enjoy talking with Eastern students; we have great students here,” Perry said. “I always like to hear where students are from, how the semester is going.”

Bradley Ogilvie, a junior mathematics and computer science major, said he found the golf course challenging because of the different ramps, but he still had fun.

“He’s nice,” Oglivie said. “I came to play mini-golf, but (Perry) was really nice to play with.”

Ahmad said her job consists of promoting student involvement.

“With this vice president position, one of the things I’m in charge of is creating different events where students can interact with President Perry,” Ahmad said. “This year, since it is his last year, I wanted to revamp it.”

 

Luis Martinez can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]