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October 15, 2009

Huntington University Students Welcome The HSUS, The Myriad

The HSUS's Christine Gutleben reports from The Myriad bus on the coast-to-coast All Creatures rock tour

The Humane Society of the United States

by Christine Gutleben

We held two events on Wednesday at Huntington University, a small Christian liberal arts college in Huntington, Indiana. When we arrived at noon, it was raining and cold, but recent graduate, Brent Chamberlin, greeted us warmly and escorted us to the screening room for Eating Mercifully. After the film, students asked how they might propose dining hall changes on campus.

"You have no idea what this means to us, that The Myriad would come to our school."

Shortly after the discussion, Brent took us to The 509, a community house and church full of interesting, inspired young adults, each playing a different but necessary role in the life of the community. By the time we arrived, a sound and lighting crew was already busy setting up for the evening show. After the band carried in their loads of equipment and sound checked their instruments and microphones, The 509 community invited us to join them for a delicious spaghetti dinner.

The Myriad got on stage around 9:30 p.m., following two opening bands. The crowd went nuts when they played the first few chords of A Thousand Winters Melting. The students knew every word, which they sang almost in unison.  

One student approached me: "You have no idea what this means to us, that The Myriad would come to our school."

When they had the audience's complete attention, guitarist and keyboardist Steven Tracey said, "The Humane Society of the United States is the reason we are here tonight. It is a remarkable organization that does far more than most people realize, and I hope you will take some time to learn more about what they do." The audience responded with a loud cheer.

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