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March 23, 2010

The world gets a look at Goshen College

A half hour before the first pitch of Tuesday afternoon’s Goshen College baseball game, Jodi Beyeler stood between the home dugout and the press box directing traffic as best she could.

She pointed people in this direction and that direction. She handed out literature about this small college of about 1,000 students affiliated with the Mennonite Church. The media circus was in town and Beyeler, a spokeswoman for GC, greeted it with a smile.

“It’s a little hard to believe,” Beyeler said before the start of an otherwise routine doubleheader with Siena Heights University. “There are a lot of reporters here.”

Beyeler continued her work and introduced herself to print and television reporters from South Bend, Indianapolis, Chicago and New York.

On the map

If there’s one thing that can be said about the controversy surrounding Tuesday’s playing of the national anthem for the first time at Goshen College, it’s that the college has definitely been put on the map.

Scores of media members outnumbered regular spectators on a clear and crisp spring afternoon. Players on the two baseball teams could hardly spit without hitting a reporter or photographer.

According to Richard Aguirre, director of public relations for GC, articles surrounding the anthem controversy have been picked up by hundreds of media outlets both nationally and internationally since the issue gained national attention on “The Mike Gallagher Show” last November.

On Tuesday an article on GC’s playing of the national anthem before its home baseball game was featured in “USA Today,”

An earlier Associated Press article that was published when the controversy first came up was picked up on 273 news Web sites all over the country, Aguirre said. The story was also circulated internationally in Latin America, Malaysia and Japan. About three weeks ago Aguirre was interviewed via e-mail by a reporter in Beijing, China.

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