At least 315 Oles made it down to J. Grundys Rueb N Stein on Saturday to start the countdown to graduation; most were seniors, though some juniors infiltrated the ranks. Even Professor Charles Umbanhowar Sr. of the political science department joined the seniors at the Thompson House for the big march. "I'm retiring next December, and I'd always thought that when I go, Ill go out with the students," Umbanhowar said. "It's not exactly college sanctioned," he said, "but I think its a nice tradition."
Alex Morf compared the 100 Day March to his freshman year Kildahl All-Hall Fall Ball, "except now were much closer, you know. Its like being with family now. It makes people look back and remember how they began being friends with people, and makes them become sentimental because theyve been drinking, and thats what its all about."
Energy was high despite the low temperature. "It was really cold," said Steven Lange. "I froze my testicles off." Stef Graen also suffered for the cause: "Im really sick, I may have mono, but I thought this was a necessary thing to partake in."
Contrary to popular belief, it was Joy Hamilton, not Isaac Townsend who organized the 100 Day March this year. "No one was taking charge," she said. "I assumed Isaac was doing it, but he said he wasn't so it just kind of happened to be me. This is really exciting because it's the first event that's just us seniors."
"Its good to see all the different seniors, no matter who they hang out with, come together for a common purpose; we've never done that before," said Sarah Henneman. Approximately 60 seniors had gathered at 4:00 p.m. at the Thompson House to march. Owner Joe Grundy Grundhoefer estimated that 165 seniors entered the Rueb in the initial rush at 4:40 p.m.
"It should be like this every weekend," added Adam Willhelm. "People never come out like this."
"My friend said that we were coming here tonight to meet our future husbands," confided Allison Simpson, "but its not true."
A $10 cover paid for a buffet that included hot wings and nachos, drink specials like $4 pitchers of beer, the band Mr. Sticky, karaoke, and a DJ, as well as buses back to St. Olaf from 11 p.m. 2 a.m. "Who knew you could look into a steaming vat of wings and stinky pitcher of beer and see your whole past and future reflected therein," said Aspen Fitzgerald-Dorsey.
With a vantage point near the dance floor, Nancy Iverson observed that the 100DM is really just a lot of drunk sweaty rubbing.
"I think our senior class is a lot of fun," said Meghan Shea. "We're here to enjoy each other, were here to reflect, to get drunk, and to see where we came from and to see the light at the end. It has an end."
The amount of alcohol consumed definitely affected the mood of the night. A profound Laura Beito observed, "At this time in globalization, its good to get together and celebrate and everything."
Lange grew pensive as the evening wore on, saying, "It's hard like this, when everyone's drunk, and there's all these emotions so much love, so many people you care about, and they're going to graduate, and you will never see them again. Thats what this night is all about."
"I'm not sleeping alone tonight," was all Ben Jacobson had to say.
Matt Resch said essentially that the 100 Day March is a time for people to not only remember all the good things, but finally get over all the bad memories as well. Boundaries that were put up at the beginning slowly erode as the evening goes on, so more people are talking about memories and past experiences than would ever happen in a normal conversation on St. Olafs campus.
Around 1:00 a.m., Kasper inadvertently summed it up best. When asked what time it was, he answered, "The best time of your life."