Pat Ross, biology professor, and his energetic pal, Kirby, watch the ceremony from a distance to support Southwestern. Ross has often been seen around campus and his office with his furry friend. (Lex Gouyton/Staff photographer)Five members of the women volleyball team slide their flip rock over the edge. They finished last season with a record of 18-11, and 6-6 in the KCAC. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Three Tennis seniors prepare to lob their rock into the mound. The men will have their first match at 9:00 a.m., Sep. 5 in Winfield. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer) TDLMultiple soccer men take turns to vault their rocks onto the pile. They finished last season with a record of 10-9, and 6-6 in the KCAC. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff reporter)A majority of the women soccer team heave their striped boulder into the collection of stained stones. They finished last season with a record of 9-7-2, and 4-6-2 in the KCAC. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Two members of the football team give one final heave to their mountainous rock. They finished last season with a record of 5-6, and 5-5 in the KCAC. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff reporter)Martin Rude, director of outreach ministries, passionately plays before the ceremony. It has been tradition to hear Rude's rhythmic beats leading to the start of the ceremony. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff reporter)Kenzie Lyons, computer science graduate, and Peyton Timmerman, graduate assistant coach, and Loren Wright, education junior, wait for individuals to start throwing rocks into the mound. These three also represented the Southwestern softball team. (Lex Gouyton/Staff photographer)

By Lex Gouyton
Staff reporter

No one knew what to expect leading into the fall 2020 semester.

The first week of classes has commenced with safety precautions in full swing. The annual Mound Building Ceremony was held on August 13, 2020.

This year’s ceremony was unlike any other. Every group of students or athletes were ordered to gather at their designated flags around the mound to ensure social distancing.

In addition to this, each individual was asked to wear a mask and maintain six feet of distance between other teams or organizations.

It’s safe to say that we aren’t exactly sure of what this year will bring in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we know three things for sure.

First, we remain a family and a united community.

Secondly, it is our duty to follow safety protocols and procedures to insure we get to remain on this beautiful campus that we know as Southwestern College.

Lastly, love and support remain at the core of our values, it is the builder way.