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ISSUE 121 VOL 3 PUBLISHED 10/5/2007

This Week in St. Olaf History

By Mark Forsberg
Staff Writer

Friday, October 5, 2007

Thirteen years ago, St. Olaf took Mark U. Edwards, Jr. as its ninth president on Oct. 9, 1994. Edwards succeeded former President Mel George, who served St. Olaf for nine years.

Shortly before Edwards' inauguration, nine sugar maple trees had been planted east of Old Main to commemorate Edwards and his eight predecessors who took part in the 120 year legacy of the college before Edwards arrived.

Now, years since Edwards left his mark, Oles can still live by his message about campus: "We do not own it; we have only borrowed it from our grandchildren." Like the serene sugar maples that now stand stately near Old Main, it is our duty as Oles to be rooted in the past and preserve the Hill for our future generations.

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