Utah Education
5:26 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

USU Students Attempt A World Record

With duct tape, spray paint, and a lot of folding; USU students, like Kayla Arrington, are trying to break a world record.

"Other people, other groups, attempt to break Guinness world records.  So, in the spirit of that, we are doing this with a cardboard fort."

And in the spirit of Utah State University, they've chosen Old Main as their sculpture subject. 

Kelby Peterson, a team member, has possibly the most prominent job.

"I have been helping build boxes, especially the big tower to represent the 'A' on Old Main"

Trying to beat the current record height of six feet, Arrington said the biggest obstacle has come with the weather.

"The hardest part of this whole process has been the wind."

Peterson said she couldn't agree more.

"Well, starting in the morning it was really windy and we couldn't get anything done.  Then, we started getting our walls up really high, and the wind just came through and [would] knock them down...We've rebuilt them about thirty, or so, times today. It's been quite the adventure to see them.  Little kids have gotten covered in boxes.  It's just so adorable."

Starting at five in the morning and working straight through the day, their effort can be summed up in one little number, provided by a surveyor.

"What I did was just took a perimeter and used that to calculate your square footage.  So, it's 4,907.74 square feet."

But even with the final total, the team doesn't know if they are the new victors.

"Guinness is very...vague with their requirements- like, just looking through their paperwork.  So, I honestly don't know.  But, we're going to do our darndest, and send a packet.  Even if not, ultimately this project is so much in just the spirit of Utah State.  Just trying for the heck of it, and having fun- which is everybody who has been helping out they've had so much fun today.  So, either way, mission is accomplished.

Brianna’s passion for journalism comes from a love of learning and a desire to know everything.  She studies Broadcast Journalism and Political Science at Utah State University and hopes one day to travel the world reporting hard news. She also works as the Aggie Radio news director and a reporter for USU TV.