Students will live the high life this weekend, as "Viva Las Vegas"-themed events continue, providing ample opportunities for students and visitors to enjoy Homecoming. Throughout the past week, students have had the chance to partake in a number of events following the theme of "Viva Las Vegas, ranging from poker in the Pause to pictures with Elvis and Marilyn Monroe in the Chapel of Love.
After months of deliberation, discussion and debates over the installation of a one-card system for St. Olaf, Student Government Association (SGA) President Thomas Rusert '06 said it is only a matter of time before campus moves to a one-card system.
The Crop Walk, the annual fundraiser for the Church World Service, an ecumenical organization representing 35 different Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox organizations, took place in Northfield Sunday. A few hundred people participated in the event, which is designed to raise money and awareness about world hunger.
The Belgum Lecture series has been at St. Olaf for as long as many professors and alumni can remember. Now in its 27th year, the series brings to campus great thinkers who share their philosophical insights with students, faculty, and other members of the Northfield community.
Last weekend, Amber Collett '07 flew to Washington, D.C., to participate in Alaska Wilderness Week Sept. 17-21. The week culminated in a rally on the west lawn of Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 20, Arctic Refuge Action Day, to oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.
Students, faculty and guests gathered at St. Olaf on Saturday to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden at the "Norway and the United States 1905-2005: A Friendship and its Future" conference. The conference was presented by St. Olaf College and the Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA). Todd Nichol, the King Olav V professor of Scandinavian-American studies, and Solveig Zempel, professor of Norwegian and associate dean of interdisciplinary and general studies, organized the conference.
This past Thursday, Sept. 22, St. Olaf College celebrated Constitution Day with a speech by Charles Umbanhowar, professor emeritus of political science. It was the first official recognition of this day on campus, following a bill passed last December which requires every school receiving federal funds to observe Constitution Day by holding educational programs about the United States Constitution.