By Ashley Coker
Thanks to the generosity of his fellow faculty members and students, Professor of English Dr. Whit Jones donned a banana suit all day Nov. 5.
The money donated by the Bryan College community to the PCI Tutoring ministry and PALS fruit drive has been counted, and Jones was the winner by a landslide.
The prospect of seeing Jones in a banana suit brought in $128.58, according to PCI Tutoring Ministry Leader Olivia Eanes.
Donations toward his competitors, Athletic Director Taylor Hasty, Vice President for Enrollment Management Mike Sapienza and Resident Assistant Ryan Evelyn, totalled $168.08, collectively, according to Eanes.
She said that, in addition to the donations raised by the banana suit contest, there was also $153.34 donated to the general fund, bringing the Bryan College community up to its $450 goal.
Since this goal was reached, students will be granted extended curfew during the first week of the spring semester.
Known around campus for his howler monkey impression, Jones said the banana suit seemed almost like a calling.
“Even though people are picking you out to make fun of you, it is an honor to be chosen,” said Jones.
He said he relished the opportunity to show his students, especially his freshmen, that they can be themselves at Bryan, and that there is grace enough to cover any humiliation that may accompany that.