175th anniversary: Countdown on to giant Q

This article originally appeared in the Queen’s Gazette Online on Sept. 1, 2016.
If you’ve ever wanted to be part of history, now’s your chance.

Queen’s University will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for largest human letter this coming Tuesday, Sept. 6. While the number to beat is 2,166 – set by Dell Technologies in Round Rock, Texas, earlier this year – Nixon Field on Queen’s campus can accommodate 4,000 participants.

The event is a high point of the 175th anniversary celebrations at Queen’s. Athletics and Recreation is also providing support for the attempt.

The gate will open at 2 pm, with participants receiving a free gold T-shirt upon arrival. To get everyone in formation as quickly as possible, volunteers will provide instructions on where to go. Participants should expect to be on the field approximately one hour.

The event is open to all staff, faculty, and students, as well as members of the local community. The record attempt will go ahead rain or shine; it will only be cancelled in the event of lightning, thunderstorms, or unsafe weather.

Organizers are also seeking volunteers for a number of different positions throughout the day. Volunteers will be guaranteed a place in the Q to help break the record if they wish to participate. If you would like to sign up for a shift or have any questions, contact Janelle MacPherson-Kenney by email.

Visit the Facebook event page for complete details about the event.