Around 50 members of West Chester University’s Marching Band, in full regalia, recently played “Happy Birthday” to alumna Lillian Whitman, 95, at Hershey’s Mill.
“I’m flabbergasted,” Whitman said. “I laughed so hard my face hurts. They were so good.”
Student coordinator David Bonilla-Garcia said that when band members heard that a 95-year-old had requested a marching band for a birthday party, they were thrilled to participate.
Whitman’s children read proclamations from Gov. Tom Wolf, Attorney General Josh Shapiro, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr., and West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin.
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WCU remained undefeated by eking out a 17-14 victory at Bloomsburg last Saturday.
Elijah Hall hauled in his first career touchdown catch for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter, and Tyler Morrissey blocked a field goal late in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Golden Rams (6-0).
WCU’s defense limited the Huskies to just nine first downs and 165 yards of total offense. However, Bloomsburg hung around with inspired defense of its own, highlighted by an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown with 45 seconds left in the first half that opened up that 14-3 advantage – the largest deficit WCU had faced all season.
The inaugural series will begin formally on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 PM featuring guest lecturer Dr. C. James Trotman, the author of Frederick Douglass: A Biography who will discuss the importance of equality, diversity, and inclusion in today’s America.
In a fitting tribute to the great abolitionist, orator, and statesman, the first lecture will be held on the university’s Academic Quad, alongside the statue of Frederick Douglass, which stands in commemoration of the abolitionist’s last public lecture on the campus.
The lecture, which is open to the public free of charge, is hosted by the Frederick Douglass Institute and is made possible through the generous gift of DeBaptiste, the first African-American Mayor of West Chester and a recognized champion of education.