The Purple Rod: Rick
“It’s 9 p.m. on a Wednesday, the
regular crowd shuffles in”(to quote the slightly altered
words of Billy Joel.) What event are they attending? Let me give
you a hint.
The ‘regular crowd’ at The Joke is usually led by
The Gazelle’s own News Editor Mushy Blowme. This could be
any number of events on campus: University Stupids’ Council
meeting? No. Chess club practice? Guess again. Chair throwing competition?
No, Mushy, along with several other beer-swilling groupies, spends
most Wednesday evenings enjoying the music of this week’s
Purple Rod winner, Rick McGhie.
Known more for his musical aptitudes than athletic prowess, McGhie
is awarded this week’s Rod for his ability to bring a drunken
crowd to its feet.
While many a Wealthy athlete has been able to accomplish this
same feat, McGhie has shown consistence and perseverance in his
long tenure as Wealthy’s music man.
Performing for the past 11 years at The Joke, McGhie has put up
some pretty amazing statistics. If you’re counting, he has
given over 600 performances at Wealthy. According to my own estimation,
McGhie plays upwards of 18 crowd-pleasing ditties every time he
takes to the stage. This works out to 11,088 songs played on university
McGhie is Wealthy’s all-time leading scorer in songs played,
happy birthday’s wished and parodies sung. Wealthy students
love him and the songs he plays. His spirit is undeniable, and
for all of these reasons he can now add the prestigious Purple
Rod to his long list of accomplishments.