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ISSUE 118 VOL 20 PUBLISHED 5/13/2005

Week unifies seniors of 2005

By Cate Grochala
Staff Writer

Friday, May 13, 2005

A St. Paul Saints game, prom and a Sammenkomst are among the events planned for this year’s Senior week, May 23-28. During this week, underclass students will have left campus for the summer, and the activities planned for seniors will help them enjoy their last week with their graduating class.

Student Activities Committee (SAC) coordinator Katie Rohach ‘05 has been involved in Senior week for the past three years and is now planning Senior week for her own class.

"The idea is for the seniors to spend as much time together as we can," Rohach said. "From what I've seen and heard, it gets pretty crazy, pretty fun and also pretty sad at times. By having events where everyone can enjoy themselves, we get to go through all of that together."

The Johnny Holm concert on Thursday and 7-Corners concert on Friday of senior week are new events in this year's lineup. A night at the Rueb 'n Stein Restaurant is the longest standing tradition of senior week.

New to this year’s festivities is Sammenkomst, a gathering put on by the Alumni office to welcome the Class of 2005 into the alumni family and allow the class to present its senior campaign check to President Thomforde.

The Senior Planning Committee, part of the SAC, makes careful preparations to make senior week possible and investigates what activities the seniors want.

The committee looks at past years and current class interests.

This year, inner-tubing on the Apple River and a visit to Valley Fair Amusement Park were suggested as events.

However, logistical problems such as the river not opening until after graduation and Valley Fair adding nearly an extra $30 per person made those ideas unworkable for this year.

This senior week’s price is $10 lower than usual because of the contracting with vendors SAC has done.

Despite the lower price, Rohach noted that more events have been added that typically cost more money in the past.

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