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02-04-2010

Clarkson University Students Look for 4,000 to Break Lap-sit Record

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A group of Clarkson University students is looking to break the United States record for a lap-sit this spring and they need a few friends to help out -- more than 3,333 in total.Clarkson University Students Look for 4,000 to Break Lap-sit Record

A student group known as the Clarkson University’s Leadership Corps is organizing the April 17 event to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

A lap-sit, also known in the record books as an "unsupported circle," is a teambuilding activity in which every participant supports one another. This is done by forming a circle with each person facing the back of the person next to him or her. At a given time, every member in the circle sits back onto the knees of the person behind/next to him or her.

"A lap-sit activity is about building trust and relationships in supporting each other by building a bridge," says Kallie Desmond, one of the event’s organizers. "Clarkson and the Leadership Corps are joining hands with the American Cancer Society, an organization that supports many people in the time of need. The lap-sit is a metaphor to show our support for each other in finding a cure for cancer."

Desmond says that even the University president, Tony Collins, and his wife Karen have signed up.

In April 1977, Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam students attempted to break the record when 1,968 students came together and successfully completed a lap-sit. The Leadership Corps is hoping to bring 4,000 students and community members together to set a new United States lap-sit record.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 17, at 1 p.m. near Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center.

In order to break the record, the Leadership Corps needs to start registering participants now. The cost of the event is $1, which will include a free meal sponsored by Clarkson Campus Dining. For $10 more, participants will also receive a t-shirt commemorating the lap-sit.

To register or make inquiries, contact the Leadership Corps at clarksonlapsit@gmail.com.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Four hundred and forty first-year students at Clarkson University participated in a lap-sit during their orientation in August 2009. Clarkson students hope to break a lap-sit record in April.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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