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Celebrate! important week for student arts

Ryan Howard / Reporter

For many students, SURF day means only one thing: no class. The reason class is canceled, however, is for the Student Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF). This is a chance for Elon students to attend sessions given by their peers. This year, Elon has decided to draw more attention to these events by making them part of the first annual "Celebrate! Student Achievements in Academics and the Arts."

Celebrate! will be a weeklong festival of student performances and presentations for the Elon community, including the unveiling of Colonnades and the Thomas Jefferson Essay Contest dinner.

Associate professor Hal Walker's Leisure Sport Management Senior

Seminar class took on the task of organizing the event. They have been planning it since the beginning of spring semester. Senior Taylor Jacobs' group was in charge of scheduling performances.

"It's going along pretty well," Jacobs said.

The week's events will culminate in an all-day festival on the Young

Commons with concerts, outside food vendors and free prizes for students. It will start at the end of classes and end at 8 p.m., so everyone can go to Alumni Gym for a step show.

Jacobs feels the variety of performances and events will appeal to everyone. She hopes that students will come out to see what their peers have been working hard on.

"It'll be a really good time," she said.

Celebrate! is the result of the efforts of Steven House, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He visited Harvard University during

"Arts First," its weeklong showcase of the arts. House wanted to initiate something similar at Elon, but felt it was important to include academics as well. That is why SURF day is a major part of Celebrate!

Last year there were some other campus events on SURF day, but no extended festival. "That was our first step," House said.

House sees great promise in the event and would like to see it expanded upon in future years.

"I would hope that this becomes an Elon tradition," he said.

Contact Ryan Howard at pendulum@elon.edu or 278-7247.

Photo submitted by Lindsey Harris

√Član, the student jazz a cappella group, will perform at College Coffee next week.