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ISSUE 119 VOL 20 PUBLISHED 5/12/2006

Seniors celebrate

By Amy Wicks
Contributing Writer

Friday, May 12, 2006

On May 22, as underclassmen pack up their rooms and head home for the summer, the fun will just be starting for the graduating class of 2006. The days leading up to graduation on May 28th have been designated as "Senior Week," a time for graduating seniors to spend one last week together. Senior Week organizer Hillary Hoffman ’06 says the events are "a week of celebrating for seniors."

Planning for Senior Week has been taking place all year long. The planning committee was comprised of students from both the junior and senior classes. This year, the organizers made an effort to get "more juniors involved on the committee so they can take over next year," according to Hoffman.

Seniors can purchase wristbands for Senior Week, the cost of which includes admission to all the events, food and drink specials, and transportation to and from each location. Hoffman said they have sold over 300 wristbands thus far, and hope to sell at least 400 by Senior Week. Wristbands can be purchased in the SAC office for $70 any time until May 22.

Although seniors can participate in the events without the wristband, Hoffman reminds students that they will need to pay their own way. "You must have a wristband to ride the buses," Hoffman said. "It will be enforced!"

Senior Week kicks off on Tuesday, May 23, with a trip to Treasure Island Casino. There will be a private room at the casino with both food and games provided in addition to the traditional gambling fare.

Wednesday will be filled with a number of local events, including an ice cream social with President Thomforde, a faculty and staff talent show, and buses to Dawn’s (formerly Brad’s) Corner Bar in Dundas. Derek Attema ’06, a member of the planning committee, assured students that there would be plenty of "acts worth seeing" in the talent show. In addition, photographs are still being accepted for the senior slideshow that will be shown after the talent show. Submissions must be sent as soon as possible to

On Thursday, there will be a trip to the Water Park of America. That evening the Johnny Holm Band, a local cover band, will play at the Grand.

Official Senior Week celebrations finish on Friday evening with a tailgating meal and a St. Paul Saints baseball game. After the game, buses will head to the 7 Corners area in downtown Minneapolis. The planning committee has been working with the area bars to organize specials for those wearing wristbands. On campus, the St. Olaf Orchestra will perform that evening.

Overall, Hoffman stressed that the goal of the week has been "to create events both on and off campus that the entire senior class can enjoy together."

Saturday is filled with various pre-graduation activities for seniors and their families, including a 5K race in the morning, as well as the Last Lecture, Presidents’ Presentations and formal banquet that evening. The St. Olaf Band will perform in the afternoon and the St. Olaf Choir will give a concert that evening.

During brunch on Sunday, each academic department will host individual receptions for the class of 2006 and their families. The culminating event, commencement itself, will take place on Sunday afternoon. This year’s address will be given by 2003 Nobel Laureate and Northfield native Dr. Peter Agre. Agre, who grew up on the edge of St. Olaf’s campus, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of water channels in cell membranes.

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