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GSU tradition is truly 'one in a melon'
President Hebert slices into cool summer treat
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Georgia Southern University president Jaimie Hebert cranks out slices during the traditional summer Watermelon Cutting on campus Wednesday. GSU students, faculty, staff, and their families eagerly await as Hebert slices and dices.

    Students, faculty and staff gathered at Georgia Southern University Wednesday for the Watermelon Cutting, hosted by GSU President Jaimie Hebert. 

The annual tradition, now in its 70th year, is held on the Pedestrium, near the campus lakes. The tradition began in 1948 when President Zach Henderson wanted to provide a cool, summertime treat for students and staff. 

Today, more than 200 watermelons are put on ice a week ahead of time to make sure they're ready for cutting — and cool enough to refresh.

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