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ISSUE 121 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 2/29/2008

This Week in St. Olaf History

By Mark Forsberg
Staff Writer

Friday, February 29, 2008

The Feb. 29, 1952 Manitou Messenger issue headline cites,"Seniors attempt last chance party as leap foo yet." Senior women of Hilleboe Hall invited the controversial "other gender" to the event as the last chance to "ditch, do-or-die" as an attempt to find a suitable gentleman.

The Minneapolis Tribune featured results of the party on the Women's Page and notes "Senior girls conscious of their unattached predicament, threw subtlety to the winds and took advantage of leap year with a party to end all parties." Hilleboe was allegedly deemed "Spinster Sanctum"; and that Friday night 100 "4-H'ers" reveled in the connotation as "Happy Hopeful Husband Hunters." Just a week later, the junior class also fell to the pressures of their superiors and put on a program called "Old Maids Incorporated," encouraging male Oles to take part in an event deemed "the most living tremendousness, the most exotic evening ever planned."

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