History with a Kick

Photo by Michael Wilson

One of a Kind: Why is this painted critter, sometimes used as a mascot by a certain other college in the Lehigh Valley, standing in front of Peter Hall? With Nicole Casola ’04, president of the Moravian Art Club, no less.

Remember Sal? She was the mule who hauled barges 15 miles on the Erie Canal in a song most of us learned in elementary school.

This summer and fall, residents of the Lehigh Valley will come upon many a Sal. But these fiberglass mules are gorgeously decorated. They’re part of “Miles of Mules,” a public art project developed by the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor and sponsored locally by the Banana Factory, Bethlehem. The mules will be auctioned off for charity in November.

The mules follow in the footsteps of the cows. First there were cows in Zurich, Switzerland, in honor of Swiss cheese. Then there were the Chicago cows, which paid homage to the city’s meat-packing industry. The mules are here because of the canals that criss-crossed the Northeastern United States and were its primary trade routes in the country’s first century. In Pennsylvania, the mules pulled coal barges.

The Moravian College Art Club created the one currently standing in front of Peter Hall. It wears a patchwork quilt in Moravian blue and grey, with a unique Moravian star in each patch. The stars are painted after the manner of (among others) Seurat, Degas, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Mondrian, and Roy Lichtenstein, said art club president Nicole Casola ’04, Midland Park, N.J.

Besides Nicole, those who worked on the Moravian mule were Danielle Geist ’06, Northampton; Sarah Handfest ’06, Whitehall; Nate Kappenstein ’05, Birdsboro; Jon Latiano ’05, Coopers-burg; Tracy Maalouf ’04, Bethlehem; Kim Mabry ’06, King of Prussia; Katrina McDaniel ’05, Coopersburg; Jon Narmita ’03, Basking Ridge, N.J.; Kristin Roberts ’05, Sellersville; Kelly Warner ’04, Hanover; and Laura Werner ’04, Medford, N.Y.

Art faculty and staff Anne Dutlinger, Gerard Maynard, Doug Zucco, Jan Ciganick, and David Leidich also brought their brushes to bear on the mule.

July 15, 2003

Save the Children:
Moravian contributions of clothes and toys sent to Iraqi children.

Moravian joins Annapolis Group of elite liberal arts colleges.
History with a Kick:
Moravian's contribution to the Miles of Mules project.
And the Band Played On:
Faculty blues band Lethal Combination.
Short shorts:
Musical Offering, Page-Turner, One More, Lame and Halt, and Deaths in the Family .
Nurses Without Borders:
School of Nursing starts the process of assisting a nursing program in Tanzania.
Faculty/staff/student achievements.
The Written Word:
Lebenfeld student writing awards.
Ties That Bind:
Bettie Smolansky represents Moravian at her alma mater, Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina.