Students gearing up for “Kingsian” Interregnum
At The King’s College, Easter not only marks the resurrection of Christ and a weeklong spring break, it also signals the beginning of a different kind of vacation—Interregnum.
Each year, The King’s College reflects on an intellectual theme culminating in Interregnum (“break in the kingly reign”), a three day, all-campus, student-led event during which students compete in impromptu speaking events, debates, prepared lectures, and an art competition. During this period, students forego regular classes.
This year, Junior Lorrain Egolf is especially excited about the newest event, the art competition, introduced in response to a student’s suggestion.
“I really like having more options,” Egolf says.
Still others like Senior Heather Hartog are especially interested in the keynote speaker. “The evening speaker is good because it gets you into the city,” Hartog says.
Traditionally, evening speakers have been of the highest caliber. Previously, the college has welcomed renowned intellectuals Father Richard John Neuhaus and sociologist Peter Berger. This year, noted author and speaker Professor Robert P. George will address students.
George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, has written numerous books regarding law and morality and is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on legal jurisprudence. Like most of Interregnum, his visit was organized entirely by students—a unique aspect of the college and the event itself.
Junior David Lapp heads the team of students in charge of planning Interregnum and bringing in speakers like George. His group, the House Scholars, is also responsible for staffing and running the different events and deciding what competitions will be held.
“We talk a lot about leadership [at King’s] and [Interregnum] is an opportunity for House scholars to practice that leadership,” Lapp says. “I think students look forward to the camaraderie that develops as a result of the competitions.”
The House Scholars look for ways to improve this event every year, and the addition of the art competition is just one example. Some say the constant change is not ideal, but others, such as Senior Noah Clark, believe the change has been good and has improved Interregnum. Junior Chris White agrees.
“There is more involvement this year due to more variety,” White says.
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