Tammy Sawatzky’s friends wanted to do something special for her 21st birthday (during the 1996-97 school year). They first tried to put her car on the Krehbiel Auditorium stage so that when the curtain opened for convocation that Monday morning, the birthday greetings would be displayed for all to see, but they couldn’t negotiate the vehicle around one sharp corner.
Instead, they made the car into a piece of art outside the FAC Gallery. Then they had to really work to get Tammy to convo that day, especially when she was worrying about her missing car.
“We wanted to do something special for her birthday,” said one of the pranksters. “We were too cheap to do anything else.”
During the 1997-98 school year, someone arranged the chairs in the Ad Building chapel in prayerful positions, and placed filled Dixie Cups on the floor, including a number of them spelling out “AMEN.”
A Thresher (yearbook) commentator — who seemed to know an awful lot about this prank — claimed that the perpetrators, in order to get into the Ad Building without using a key (one of the three cardinal rules of Bethel pranks), had to have at least one person hiding inside from 10 p.m., when the building was locked, until 12:30 a.m.
The same commentator also expressed the belief that the “AMEN” indicated “a way of saying that pranks are a good thing to do.” Maybe that’s why Dale Schrag always says “Amen” at the end of each chapel service?