NOTE: This article was for April Fools Day and was completely made up.
Plans are currently in the works to build a Huntington Forester-themed attraction within the next ten years. This new theme park is expected to cost an estimated $4 million from start to finish.
However, Sherilyn Emberton, Ed.D., remains hopeful that this new undertaking will be a success and well worth the price tag.
“It will pay for itself several times over,” Emberton said. “This university has been looking for something to set it apart from other schools for a long time now, and this will certainly do the trick.”
The University has not yet disclosed the full list of attractions to come. However, the largest addition expected to come is the 320-foot high wooden roller coaster, Forester’s Fury. Huntington University has already made preparations for this structure, and has teamed up with a local architect-engineer duo, Robertson & Gragg.
Jeremy Gragg, the lead engineer of this project, says that the roller coaster will be made entirely out of Indiana cedar, in honor of the mascot of the university, Norm the Forester.
“Nothing quite like this has ever been attempted on a college campus before, unless you count the Frozen Forest ice rink,” Gragg said, “so we are very honored and excited to see where this leads.”
Right now, the Huntington administration is working to acquire a one-acre plot of land near Parkview Hospital in Huntington. There, the towering structure of the roller coaster will be visible to cars driving along State Highway 24.
“This,” Emberton suggests, “will attract a great deal of attention and, hopefully, will help increase our enrollment numbers and get our name out there.”
Although the Huntington University administration is in favor of this issue, it is still a topic of debate among students.
A convenience poll taken on March 23 suggested that around 40-percent of students welcome the idea of a theme park, while almost 35-percent say they want nothing to do with it.
Senior Kelsey Atkins, a historical ministry studies major, is one of the 35-percent who does not want to see the theme park come into existence.
“I cannot believe that the university is actually going to waste its money – our money – on this, uh, thing,” Snyder said. “Honestly, I would have much rather seen it go to something more productive, like motor boats on Lake SnoTip.”
However, freshman Chelsea Tyler, a writing and communication major, is largely in favor of the plan and looks forward to some good stress-relieving opportunities during finals week. She believes that it will boost student morale and school spirit.
Though this topic is still of concern to many on campus, the university intends to proceed with their plans.