When many students reflect on Christmas Festival, they often think of lutefisk, stressed-out choir members and, of course, the booming and awe-inspiring voice of Campus Pastor Bruce Benson. Benson, who first came to the St. Olaf campus in 1981 as the college pastor, is, for many students, the most memorable part of Christmas Festival.
St. Olaf students are ready to go home, ready to be done with finals, ready for Christmas, ready to never again return to that pesky 8 a.m. class, but one would be hard pressed these days to find an Ole ready for the start of second semester. Like it or not, another semester is headed our way, hot on the heels of this one.
To ease the pain a little, students should turn their attention to the upcoming spring semester offerings from the theatre, art, music and dance departments.
Travel author Doug Lansky spoke in Viking Theater Tuesday night to a full house, promoting his book "First-Time Around the World: A Trip Planner for the Ultimate Journey" and sharing travel tips for first-time voyagers. Travel enthusiasts in attendance undoubtedly had a genuine interest in Lanskys work, but the offer of a Eurail pass giveaway likely helped to bolster student interest.