Thursday, April 06, 2006

Repost of the article from OSU's newspaper:

For OSU's juggling club, it's a toss up

Club, which was founded this fall, meets twice a week, and newcomers are always welcome

By Peter Chee

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OSU Juggling Club founder Ed Provencher works on his ring skills at a juggling meeting Thursday evening in McAlexander Field House.

Peter Chee/ The Daily Barometer

Life to a juggler is like, well, juggling. It involves keeping track of a myriad of flying objects all at once.

To a juggler, life is chaos unless you buck up and grab it by the ... pins.

Members of OSU's Juggling Club seem to have embraced the chaos of life, wrapped it in grip tape and made it fun.

"I love juggling enough that I want to teach it," said Ed Provencher, a graduate student in adult education and founder of the club.

In fall term of this year, Provencher sent out a juggling rally call, enlisting the help of local jugglers David Sallee and a man known only as Crizzly. With the instructing core in place, they gathered students and the Juggling Club was born.

There was heavy air traffic Thursday evening in the McAlexander Field House; the open space filled with juggling pins and bean bags under the humming fluorescent lights.

Sallee and Crizzly juggled seven pins (or was it nine?), passing them back and forth to each other. Between the two, with pins whizzing over their heads, stood Garrett Green, a student in computer science, and Jeff Rice, a student in pre-electrical engineering.

Sallee said it was like an initiation.

To the side, Provencher brought things full circle, turning his flying juggling loops into a full-fledged three-ring circus.

Coversation amongst the eight jugglers gathered for the meeting varied from what it would look like to juggle two onions with a kitchen knife to unconfirmed reports of a man breaking 25 mph riding a unicycle.

Provencher said his personal juggling odyssey began just over two years ago. He attended a speech by motivational speaker Curtis Zimmerman.

Juggling really is a good metaphor for life, Zimmerman had said. To demonstrate his point, he then passed out juggling balls to the audience and gave a basic lesson.

Zimmerman said the juggling props were gifts to the audience; still, many left them behind. But Provencher was hooked.

"I just filled my shirt with them," he said. And Provencher has been juggling ever since.

The club founder said he has high hopes for the group, which will soon be putting on shows and workshops in residence halls.

"I don't expect everyone at OSU to fall in love with juggling," Provencher said. "But we're trying to be more visible."

Rice, said he was one of the first students to join the club. The trick to good juggling, he said, relates back to the life metaphor: success comes from simply believing in yourself.

"Just accept that it's not impossible,"he said. "If I can teach my mom to juggle - then anyone can learn."

The Juggling Club meets Mondays at 5 p.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the McAlexander Field House. No props or crash helmets needed.

Peter Chee, features editor

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