Immortalizing your likeness

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Students were able to take home plenty of free gifts home on Monday, Nov. 14 as Program Council set up a Laser Crystal Imaging workshop at 9 a.m. in the LSC. The Laser Crystal Imaging workshop entails taking a photo of a student and then burning the image into crystal rectangles to create a 3-D likeness of themselves. Those who waited in line were also able to have a caricature made of them by artist Eve Miles.

“[I was drawn to this] by curiosity,” freshman Maria Horton, business management major said. “I knew they offered these things at Six Flags over Texas, but it costs at least $25 to have it made. The fact that they offer it for free made me want to jump on that bandwagon.”

The laser imaging process starts by taking two pictures which create a 3-D image on the computer. The 3-D image is then burned into a crystal by multiple lasers that create microfractures. About 400 to 700 microfractures are created in a second, and depending on the image size, a crystal usually consists of 70,000 to 100,000 microfractures. Many students waited for hours to get one.

“[My friends and I] are keeping ours because we waited for almost three hours for one,” sophomore Elizabeth Johnston, English major, said. “I wouldn’t give them away if someone paid me. [We took our picture together] to forever immortalize our friendship. I’m putting mine on my mantle above the fireplace next to pictures of my roommates.”

The event produced plenty of excitement and positive feedback.

“This is by far one of the coolest things on campus ever,” junior Jennie Hoeffling, English major, said. “I really love crystals with faces in them.”

The Laser Crystal Imaging workshop lasted until 3:30 p.m. The program, in conjunction with Kramer Entertainment, cost about $4,000 to put on.

“[In Program Council], we’d like to see more feedback from the students,” sophomore Hannah Monroe, mass communications major, said. “We go to this conference for the National Association of Campus Activities to pick out what programs we’ll use. We’re using the students’ money so we’d like to know what they want to see like live bands or something.”

Feedback can be made at the Program Council office in room 324 of the LSC between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.