CALS Dean Richard Linton stepped up and kissed a pig during the 2013 Ag Awareness Week activities on N.C. State’s Brickyard this week, all in the interest of good, clean fun and finding a cure for cancer. Alpha Zeta agricultural fraternity sponsored a competition where the contestant with the most cash in his or her collection jar was compelled to kiss a pig, one of the agricultural animals on display on the Brickyard.
In the end, the contest came down to Linton and N.C. State’s new Head Football Coach Dave Doeren, but Linton led by taking in about $150 to Doeren’s $130. Linton bravely rose to the occasion by kissing the squealing pig, though it was difficult to tell whether Linton or the pig was more surprised at the gesture. Doeren took time for photos with student fans and demonstrated his skill at roping a steer. Funds raised, about $300, will support Alpha Zeta’s “Relay for Life” team, a project that raises funds to fight cancer.
With National Ag Day being celebrated throughout the nation on March 19, Alpha Zeta at N.C. State has focused the spotlight on agriculture during a week of activities, mainly on the university brickyard.
Alpha Zeta is a professional fraternity for students and industry professionals in the agriculture and natural resources fields.
On the brickyard, sheep, goats, cows, chickens, pigs, a tractor and a crop sprayer are on display as part of the fraternity’s Agricultural Awareness Week, and an information tent features displays staffed by representatives of agriculture-related student organizations.
Joe Reardon of NCDA&CS competed in the milking contest.The week’s activities kicked off with an Ag Olympics featuring two popular faculty members, and on Tuesday WRAL-TV meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner and Joe Reardon of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services faced off in a milking contest that judges ultimately declared a tie.-CALS News Center