CENTRE RESEARCH | Becky Fulton ’18 prepares to publish research on ‘running the Flame’

Posted by Centre News in Art History, Campus, News, Research 27 Jul 2017

Becky Fulton presenting her researchAs Centre College’s bicentennial approaches, Becky Fulton ’18 has dived into the College’s history for the summer, particularly the campus tradition of “running the Flame.”

After an independent study during Centreterm, a three-week winter term, and a presentation at the Research, Internships and Creative Endeavors (RICE) symposium during the spring term, Fulton will spend the rest of her summer continuing her research.

“Running the Flame” refers to a nighttime, clothes-optional tradition of students running around the 2,000 pound statue between Crounse and Young Halls known as “The Flame.”

Taking advantage of the College’s support for undergraduate research, Fulton will wrap up her work from her independent study and publish it with a program called Scalar. Hosted by the University of Southern California, Scalar is a digital, open-source, scholarly platform on which researchers and scholars like Fulton can publish their work.

“I love that I’m finally in the process of getting out the information I found regarding the origins of the well-known Centre tradition, since I know there are many people who want to view this website when I finish it,” she explained.

During Centreterm and the summer, Fulton has worked on her research independently, driving the direction and process of the project herself.

Her faculty mentor, Associate Professor of Art History James Bloom, supported her throughout the research process, helping her earn a Carnegie Mellon Undergraduate Research Grant to fund her continuing endeavor.

When she publishes her work, she aims to awaken the memories of alumni about their pastimes during their years on campus. Her online publication will allow the site’s visitors to submit comments, encouraging alumni to share their stories.

“This isn’t your typical research project, but one that I’ve had a lot of fun with so far, and I’m really only getting started,” she noted. “Hopefully, this will draw some more stories and memories out of other people as they think back on their time at Centre.”

Read more about Centre internships and research and the Center for Career & Professional Development.

By Kathleen Murphy ’18
July 27, 2017.