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ISSUE 117 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/3/2003

This Week at St. Olaf: 1953, 1983, 1993

By Bethany Jacobson
Staff Writer

Friday, October 3, 2003

This Week in 1953…

The St. Olaf Choir released a seven-song record album, songs from which can still be heard on disc two of the “St. Olaf Choir: Choral Masterworks Series Vol. 2.” In social news, six volunteer–oriented sororities pledged members this week. Some women stayed away from the rush week rituals, claiming defiantly that they’d “rather go on a date than to a hen party.”

“The St. Olaf School of the Air on WCAL” started broadcasting this week, with programs on “Personal and Community Hygiene” and “Notable German Authors.” The program was run for the St. Olaf community’s listening pleasure six times a week at 9:00 a.m.

A student complained about the high cost of food in the St. Olaf cafeteria in comparison to off–campus eateries. It cost him 85 cents for lunch at St. Olaf, and only 80 cents away from the hill. He recommended reducing lunch prices as a way to make Olaf a stronger competitor against larger colleges such as the University of Minnesota.

In 1983…

College cost $8,150 per year, and seniors were glum about their chances for employment out of college. Fortunately, the economy had improved by the time they graduated.

The St. Olaf Nuclear Disarmament Coalition saw great growth in membership and purpose, as students and faculty joined together to oppose nuclear arsenals in any country. Students joined Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity that is still an active organization at St. Olaf. In other news, St. Olaf and Carleton each pledged $75,000 to the Northfield City Hospital.

Former Presidential candidate, John Anderson, spoke at St. Olaf in favor of the formation of a third national political party. He also spoke against United States peacekeeping troops in Lebanon and criticized the current administration’s handling of the situation. PAC also sponsored a Middle East policy forum.

Former St. Olaf student Larry Hanson ‘66, political cartoonist for two Minnesota papers, “The Star” and “The Tribune,” was named Artist in Residence for fall semester. He worked on drawings of an imaginary world called “Phormica,” in order to illustrate the impact of form and feature without content.

In 1993…

St. Olaf was ranked 58th in the Nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges list by “U.S. News and World Report.”

World-renowned literature scholar M. H. Abrams lectured at St. Olaf on humanistic criticism. Professor Abrams was one of the foremost minds in the field of literary criticism at the time.

The students attending this remarkable institution declared that their fashion statement of choice was flannel shirts, baseball caps and jeans. They busied themselves by petitioning against St. Olaf’s dry campus policy.

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