Greyhounds of Rokerthon

By Ellen Haynie, '17, and Abigail Vitaliano, '17  |  Photo by Peter Howard

When a university sets out to break a Guinness World Record for the most people crab walking for two minutes, many people need to come together to make it happen. There are those who crab walk, of course, but also those who recruit them, those who ensure they have the space and materials (including coffee) they need to perform, and those who show up in their green and grey with handmade posters to cheer them on.

Two student interns in the office of marketing and communications became roving reporters for the event to try to capture the emotions and excitement of this moment in Loyola history.

Member of the Greyhound Battalion

“Everybody thinks that on a college campus kids are lazy and like to sleep until noon, but there are massive numbers here right now, and it’s not even 6 a.m. ROTC wanted to participate. We do crab walking for physical training every morning. There are some other schools and Army officials that will be watching us on TV today.”

President of Loyola Chimes

“A history-making event of this magnitude? I have never been a part of something like this.”

Member of the Greyhound Battalion

Even though the ROTC cadets had participated in an exhausting nine-mile ruck march the day before, many of them were on the Quad by 5 am. to crab walk, said the master’s student in clinical psychology. Many of them served as “King Crabs,” leading groups of 50 students in competing to set the world record.

President of Loyola’s Ukulele Club

“My dad told my entire extended family to watch and record this.”

Director of Student Engagement

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that shows off some of the best of Loyola. It’s been a mix of fun, excitement, and high energy. There is so much school spirit around, and the students have a lot of pride in what they’re doing, whether they’re performing, crab walking, or cheering.”

Visiting affiliate instructor of economics

Even though he was still waking up at 6:45 a.m., Rev. James Kelly, S.J., was excitedly taking in the scene before him. “It’s neat to see school spirit and so many Greyhounds in one space,” he said.

Members of the Class of 2020

These three students all woke up at 4:30 a.m. to come to the Quad. Katie’s mom saw on TV that Rokerthon was coming to Loyola. “She called me to tell me I had to do it.” She also made the crab hat Katie wore to the Quad that day. They were all “super pumped” to be part of this.

Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences Faculty

The speech-language-hearing sciences faculty—all 11 members—came to the Quad to break the record “and show how great Loyola is,” said Lisa Schoenbrodt, Ed.D., professor of speech-language pathology.

Events Employees

Events employees had to be on the Quad by 2 or 3 a.m. Although they had been standing in the cold for hours, Jackie Payne, ’17, Joe Buckley, ’17, and David Ruppert, ’18, showed no trace of exhaustion, only excitement. They were most surprised by the number of people who came. “This turnout is bigger than Loyolapalooza,” Joe said. David agreed. “This is a cool experience—a great chance for Loyola to gain national recognition.”

Read more at Crab Walking Our Way into History.

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