Ross Price's interests, both academic and extra-curricular, are many and varied. His love of both psychology and biology led Price to a major in Neuroscience. Price's eyes light up when he talks about his favorite past-time, ultimate frisbee. He is also a member of several small groups including Men's Forum and Black Men United. But perhaps his most unique role at Earlham is as "Quakie, the Hustlin' Quaker."
Yes, Ross Price is the most recent version of the Earlham College mascot. When pep rally organizers began asking members of the Earlham community who would make the perfect mascot, nearly everyone nominated Ross. It was clear that he had the energy and personality for the job.
Price's debuted as "Quakie" at a mid-semester student pep rally. He wears britches, a blue dress shirt and vest and long white socks. The costume is complete with a large paper-mache head, a project an Earlham student completed years ago and which, until the pep rally, had been collecting dust in storage.
"It's very difficult to see and hear with the head on, so it's a weird experience because I don't know what the crowd is doing," Price says. "It is also difficult to keep the energy going for two hours," he adds.
He also worked the crowd at several homecoming events including the Men's and Women's soccer matches and the football game where he led the football team out onto the field. Price wore the costume for more than two hours, and says it's a big job.
Despite the difficulties, Price has received many words of encouragement. "Lots of people tell me I make a good Quaker," he says.
And Vince Punzo, professor of psychology, has also discussed this role with Price. "He told me he thinks that the mascot could become a rally point for the community."