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University counts twins for world-record attempt

April 18, 2014
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University counts twins for world-record attempt
Twins enrolled at GVSU, and alumni twins, form a 2 at Fieldhouse Arena on Laker Twin Day. Courtesy GVSU

Visitors to a local university’s campus might think they're seeing double with the number of twins at the institution.

Grand Valley State University counts 101 sets of twins among its student body.

Twin Day

GVSU hosted an event this month at its Fieldhouse Arena for enrolled twins, and alumni twins, in an attempt to set a world record in the process.

The university is communicating with Guinness World Records to see if GVSU can set a record for having the most sets of twins enrolled at an academic institution.

Fifty-two sets enrolled twins attended Laker Twin Day, while another 12 sets of Laker alumni twins attended.

Students and alumni at the event completed a brief survey and shared anecdotes about what it’s like being a twin on video.

Awareness

University staff came up with the idea for the event after noticing several sets of twins at a basketball game, and it evolved into a celebration after discovering the actual number of twins who attended the university, said Kim Schmidt, associate director of alumni relations, GVSU.

“It was more of an awareness thing that there were so many twins on campus,” Schmidt said. “Everybody was just so happy.”

Although National Twin Day for 2014 is in August, Schmidt said the university decided to host the event in the spring when students are on campus.

An event celebrating twins at GVSU may continue in the future every two years, to reflect the pairs of siblings, according to Schmidt.

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