Find the first blooming dandelion on Gordon's campus of the spring. Bring it to Dr. Story with a note where and when it was found. If I am not in (unlikely), slide it under my door with a note. You will get your prize, but more importantly, you will earn the respect and admiration of your schoolmates and the entire Gordon community.
This will be done every year as a way of indirectly measuring the effects of global warming.* <--(big asterisk)
No "forcing" the flowering indoors.
Dandelion must be found on the Gordon College Fowler Campus.
You are ineligible to win the contest two years in a row. Give someone else a chance, Jake!
For those of you from away. Here is what a dandelion looks like:
Dandelion Winner Hall of Fame:
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2006 - Rebekah Hendrie 4/11/06 1:50 PM
2007 - Jake Kreyling 4/11/07 3:50 PM
2008 - Jake Kreyling 3/31/08 2:52 PM
2009 - Mark Stevick 4/7/09 2:45 PM
2010 - Katie Nellis 3/22/10 11:10 AM (found flowers on 3/19/10)
2011 - Jeff O'Brien 4/11/2011 2:00 PM
2012 - Donna Loy 3/12/2012 5:14 PM
*probably dandelions are not a highly accurate way to measure this phenomenon of climate change.
For some more reliable information on global climate change, you can please visit this scary website from NASA.
I also recommend two book: A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, by Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley. Very informative, directed to a Christian audience. or Physics for Future Presidents by Richard A. Muller which has a good treatment of the current status of climate change. In recent years, Muller has, become less skeptical that climate change is a man-made problem. These books are being read as part of NSM202: The Scientific Enterprise course.