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ISSUE 121 VOL 14 PUBLISHED 3/14/2008

This Week in St. Olaf History

By Mark Forsberg
Staff Writer

Friday, March 14, 2008

Despite St. Olaf's rooted Norwegian heritage and its affiliation with the Lutheran Church, St. Patrick's Day is often observed with zeal -- something justified by the "global perspective."

Every 12-43 years the Manitou Messenger recounts some of the noteworthy events on campus surrounding St. Patrick's Day.

In 1917, the Sigma Tau brothers teamed up with their sister society at St. John's church for the "Shamrock for Ireland" celebration. Organizers paired attendants by hanging childhood pictures on the walls in groups of two. Men were forced to seek out the women and identify their faces by their pictures.

Sigma Tau worked with Kappa Theta Phi to host a coffee hour for 350 guests in the Cage. Honor societies did not make public mention of significant St. Patrick's Day celebrations in successive years.

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