Attempt to break peace sign world record falls short
by Marcus E. Howard
mhoward@mdjonline.com
March 31, 2012 11:15 PM | 4473 views | 8 8 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Emmanuel Jal, an international hip-hop artist from Southern Sudan, performs while attendees dance on stage after the attempt to break the world record for the largest human peace sign at Kennesaw State University. Unfortunately, the effort to form the world’s largest human peace sign with 6,000 participants was unsuccessful.<br>Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
Emmanuel Jal, an international hip-hop artist from Southern Sudan, performs while attendees dance on stage after the attempt to break the world record for the largest human peace sign at Kennesaw State University. Unfortunately, the effort to form the world’s largest human peace sign with 6,000 participants was unsuccessful.
Staff/Jon-Michael Sullivan
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KENNESAW — Thousands of people turned out to promote peace on Saturday at Kennesaw State University’s Stand Up for Peace event, hoping to set a Guinness World Record.

Unfortunately, the effort to form the world’s largest human peace sign with 6,000 participants was unsuccessful. There were just 1,983 people in attendance, said lead organizer Jessie Blowers, founder of the KSU Peace Project.

But Blowers, a KSU senior, said she was pleased with the amount of people who did show up on a sunny, spring day to support the effort to bring attention to the topic of peace.

“Everything truly went according to the vision I had dreamed up a year-and-a-half ago,” said Blowers, 24.

Saturday’s event was held on the university’s Campus Green in front of Kennesaw Hall. It included live musical performances and nonprofit vendors. Participants were counted at a single entrance on the Campus Green, which was roped off with yellow caution tape. Security was present throughout the area.

“It was definitely festive,” Blowers said of the event’s atmosphere.

“We had people playing games, people throwing pies in the face to raise money, there was face painting going on and lots of great bands playing. Everybody seemed to be having a great time. The crowd was really enthusiastic and just so patient.”

Bobby and Jennifer Stockard of Marietta, have three children who attended KSU and decided to participate in the peace event to support their son-in-law, who was a volunteer.

“It definitely gives kids the right idea,” said Bobby, 55, of the event. “I think there are people that will think a little bit more about what it means.”

KSU sophomore Allison Greene said she decided to participate with her family as a way to celebrate her 20th birthday on Saturday. The early childhood education major said she was impressed when Blowers made a presentation to her Catholic worship group on campus while promoting the event.

“It was really something I thought would be a good thing to support,” said Greene.

Among the various organizations present was KSU’s newly formed Students for Sensible Drug Policy, which aims to bring attention to what it calls failures of the nation’s war on drugs.

“This past year, there’s been more prisons built than schools,” said Cameron Blomquist, a KSU freshman. “Addiction is a disease and people should be treated for it.”

If she could redo the event, Blowers said she’d be less incline to have it on a college campus, where she said official policy prohibited outside vendors on campus and certain advertising practices, among other things that may have attracted more participants.

But Blowers didn’t rule out giving the world record another shot.

“I would love to do it again,” she said. “If there is another group or vendor that would be interested in letting me put it all together, I will get the vendors, sponsors, volunteers and the people.”

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Great Effort
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April 04, 2012
In this holy week where we celebrat the Prince of Peace, it is good to focus on universal PEACE as a worthy goal. Something he focused on but first one must focus on love and then we can achieve peace. Love your brother.
peace sign supporter
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April 03, 2012
This site seems to atract some of the most negative, pessimistic members of our community. Appreciate the fact that the college students of YOUR community are actually standing up for a cause - a positive one at that! They are working to create a sense of activisim and participation in civic society. That is far better then sitting on a high horse and doing nothing but leaving negative comments and degrading those who are making a worthwhile effort!
ModernPatriot
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April 02, 2012
Guess there aren't that many hippies at KSU after all.
RealisticOne
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April 02, 2012
Hey KSU, what gives? Are trying to be Georgia's version of Berkeley, California? What throw back to the 60's came up with such an idiotic idea such as this? Caution Parents: Nuts on Parade at K.S.U.
EuroAmerican
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April 01, 2012
A photo is worth a thousand words. Here we see the continued denigration and decline of Western Civilization.
student of obvious
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April 01, 2012
Not too well thought out to allow promoters of the legalization of drugs to participate in a peace project. To treat these criminals as victims naively avoids looking at reality. Drug addicts have willingly and knowingly broken the law. Thus the word criminal aptly applies to them.

Speak to any; judge, D.A., or Warden and you will quickly realize that over 80% of prisoners are incarcerated due to drugs. A large majority of these convicted drug users, in jail, have participated in vicious and violent acts to obtain their drugs.

I guess they forgot to teach you those fact at KSU.
April Saine
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April 01, 2012
Thank you, Jessie Blowers!
JA Bolton
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April 01, 2012
I heard we did break a record because the other peace sign wasn't officially counted.
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