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ISSUE 119 VOL 19 PUBLISHED 5/5/2006

Women bond at banquets

By Alyssa Kleven
Contributing Writer

Friday, May 5, 2006

Last Saturday and Sunday, many women dressed in their spring-best and traipsed over to Black and Gold Ballroom in Buntrock Commons for the Mother/Daughter Banquets, organized by Student Government Association Banquet Coordinator, Kristin Anderson '06. It seemed rain could not keep away the mother-daughter bonding that commenced as the women sat down for a banquet to reconnect.

Bon Appétit catered the Saturday lunch for 250 women and the Saturday dinner for 160 women. Heather Wood '07, who plays the harp, provided music for the Saturday lunch, while Saturday evening featured the musical talents of woodwind quintet Molly Crane '07 on flute, Christine Holmgren '07 on oboe, Christine Hanson '06 on clarinet, Molly Boes '08 on bassoon and Erin Shannon '09 on horn.

On Sunday, 220 mothers and their daughters caught up with one another around white tablecloth settings. Wood again provided musical ambiance on her harp.

Anne Christanson '07 attended the Sunday brunch with her mother, and happened to sit with a few unfamiliar Oles and their moms. She commented, "[The brunch] was interesting sitting at a table where I didn’t know anyone beforehand, but my mom had a good time."

Each meal featured a different guest speaker. At Saturday lunch Janet Kringen Thompson '70, interim vice president for college relations, spoke, and at Saturday dinner Pamela McDowell, associate dean of students and director of residence life, took the microphone.

This year’s brunch guest speaker was Peggy Hanson, mother of Christine Hanson ‘06. Hanson’s message was clear: Live, love, laugh and dance. Hanson made sure her audience knew that a relationship featuring these four things is key for mothers and their daughters.

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