When I think of ping-pong tournaments, I think of the movies Forrest Gump and Balls of Fury, not college presidents. President Duncan, however, would not think of being anywhere else except the second-floor gym on ping-pong night. An annual event, the Rollins Ping Pong Tournament was held last Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Alfond Sports Center gym at 7 p.m. Clad in gray sweatpants and a Rollins athletic department polo, Duncan wielded his ping-pong paddle with ease and determination. At the start of the night, there was only Duncan and a group of half a dozen students taking turns playing each other on the three ping-pong tables.
Olivia Matthews ‘15 commented, “It was refreshing to see the president playing and hanging out with students. It made him more relatable, like he was one of us.” Later in the night, the Rollins football team came over to challenge President Duncan and the night got a little more intense.
I did not check the scoreboard at the end of the night, but I am fairly sure that President Duncan scored some points with the Rollins student body, or at least the football team.