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ISSUE 119 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 9/30/2005

Homecoming, Elvis-style: "Viva Las Vegas"-themed events delight, entertain

By Lauren Radomski
Variety Editor

Friday, September 30, 2005

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.

The Chair of the Student Activities Committee (SAC) group Ole Traditions, Annie Kruger '08, hoped that the activities would allow students "to be involved with campus life everyday" and serve as "a reminder of why it's so fun to be here."

Weekend activities sponsored by the Student Activities Committee (SAC) include giveaways at the football game on Saturday afternoon and the Bling Bling Dance in the Pause that evening.

According to Nathan Soland, assistant director of Alumni and Parent Relations, about 2,000 visitors will join students on the Hill this weekend.

Members of Student Alumni Association (SAA) will be greeting alumni before the football game, as well as sponsoring a campus-wide egg hunt, with $200 worth of prizes going to the person or group who finds the golden egg.

Clues to the whereabouts of the egg will be posted in the Crossroads area of Buntrock Commons beginning at noon on Friday. Subsequent hints will follow through Saturday afternoon.

Soland believes that the weekend's events will cater to a variety of interests.

"I like to look at the weekend as a liberal arts weekend, so as well-rounded as possible," he said.

Other events included in the weekend encompass the areas of music, art, sports, international programs and St. Olaf tradition. On Friday evening, the Pause will host a Limestones reunion concert, in which members from the group's seventeen-year history will perform on one stage.

The St. Olaf Band will feature music from "The Lord of the Rings" series at its Saturday evening concert, with the Norseman Band, Philharmonia, Manitou Singers and Viking Chorus performing in the Family Weekend Concert on Sunday afternoon.

Among the fine arts events taking place this weekend is the 10 x 10 Alumni Art Invitational, in which graduates of the art department were asked to embellish a square of canvas with their medium of choice. These will be on display in the student gallery of Dittmann Center. Other arts events include a campus art tour, as well as performances by the Lingo Dance Theater, Companydance and Gremlin Theatre, an alumni-owned theater company out of St. Paul.

In addition to the 1 p.m. football game against St. Thomas, sports lovers can look forward to the 5K Homecoming Run/Walk and a women's soccer game against Gustavus on Saturday morning.

Another event of interest is the International Bazaar, to be held on Buntrock Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Highlighting St. Olaf's international program, the bazaar will feature American, Mediterranean, Asian, Caribbean, Italian and Latino foods.

Still other Homecoming activities explore college history and tradition. On Friday night, Dean of Students Greg Kneser will tell campus ghost stories as he leads a tour of the buildings where these supernatural beings are said to reside.

On Saturday morning, College Historian and Professor Emeritus of history Dr. Joseph Shaw will be reading from his new book on St. Olaf's first president.

All are invited to Old Main later that afternoon to continue the custom of writing names inside the building's towers.

Through the wide variety of events, all are encouraged to "Viva St. Olaf."

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