Pat Ross, biology professor, and his energetic pal, Kirby, watch the ceremony from a distance to support Southwestern. Ross has often been seen around campus and his office with his furry friend. (Lex Gouyton/Staff photographer)Five members of the women volleyball team slide their flip rock over the edge. They finished last season with a record of 18-11, and 6-6 in the KCAC. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Three Tennis seniors prepare to lob their rock into the mound. The men will have their first match at 9:00 a.m., Sep. 5 in Winfield. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer) TDLMultiple soccer men take turns to vault their rocks onto the pile. They finished last season with a record of 10-9, and 6-6 in the KCAC. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff reporter)A majority of the women soccer team heave their striped boulder into the collection of stained stones. They finished last season with a record of 9-7-2, and 4-6-2 in the KCAC. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff photographer)Two members of the football team give one final heave to their mountainous rock. They finished last season with a record of 5-6, and 5-5 in the KCAC. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff reporter)Martin Rude, director of outreach ministries, passionately plays before the ceremony. It has been tradition to hear Rude's rhythmic beats leading to the start of the ceremony. (Taylor Rodriguez/Staff reporter)Kenzie Lyons, computer science graduate, and Peyton Timmerman, graduate assistant coach, and Loren Wright, education junior, wait for individuals to start throwing rocks into the mound. These three also represented the Southwestern softball team. (Lex Gouyton/Staff photographer)