Pints with Profs Features Recycled Glasses
“Charlie Alcorn came up with the idea to make pint glasses for the event from recycled wine bottles,” explained Senior Class Council member and project organizer Kim Starfield ’12. The inspiration came from the Green Room, a local Carlisle restaurant that also uses modified wine bottles.
The bottles that would go into forming the 300 pint glasses needed for the event were donated during winter break by faculty and staff, according to Starfield. The hundreds of bottles were collected and stored with Student Senate while the volunteers, a diverse group of over 35 Dickinson students from all grades, helped prepare the glass for production.
Instead of sending them off to a glassblower, the students chose to instead cut and polish the glass bottles on their own. “The biggest problem we had in the beginning was just understanding the glass and how it would react,” commented Starfield. For help, the group contacted local entrepreneurs and glassblowers for advice and suggestions. Despite a few minor setbacks, the group eventually settled on a process of cleaning, cutting and sanding that yielded the pint glasses they would eventually sell.
During the days that lead up to the event and the event itself, the Senior Class Council organized the sale of the pint glasses, explained Starfield. Of the three hundred cups originally made, only twenty remained unsold at the time of the event. Looking back, the group expressed their satisfaction with how the event turned out. “It was just nice to see such a high turnout from the professors and students,” offered Senior Class President Theodore Wilhite ’12. “Everyone appeared to be having such a really good time. In my opinion the event was one of the reasons a student should choose to come to Dickinson College.”
Reactions from students who attended, while varying in focus, were overwhelmingly positive. “It was an enjoyable experience but much too short. I was there early and it was over too fast. Having a drink with Durden was great, however,” noted Scott Verna ’12, who attended the event.
“[Pints with Profs] is a Dickinson tradition and the pint glasses recycled from wine bottles were an innovative addition that got rave reviews from everyone that I spoke to,” commented Phil Hubert ’12.