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Dutchmen Day is Here!
04.09.13 |
The most highly anticipated LVC tradition is finally here – Dutchmen Day – a day of fun and games and no classes for students and faculty.

“Dutchmen Day is one of the events on campus that makes our school special," said Mike Mellon '13, president of Student Government. "The buzz and gossip surrounding the day makes it just that much more satisfying when it arrives. We as the planning committee thoroughly enjoy watching all of our hard work pay off when the surprise is finally revealed. The tradition is paradoxical since everyone simply wants to know the date for the event but, if we told everyone, the event would be ruined.”

Planned and run by members of Student Government, Dutchmen Day begins with a 7 a.m. wake up call for all students living in campus residence halls. Students living off campus are notified via email and the College website (which is temporarily overtaken by the Dutchmen Day theme).

Specially designed t-shirts commemorating the day are distributed on the Academic Quad from 7–8 a.m. in a first come, first serve basis. Then, the fun begins with an egg toss challenge, a hot dog eating contest, and a showing of “Zombieland” in Miller Chapel 101. Plenty of inflatables, arts and crafts, and music are available on the quad throughout the day.

Events continue throughout the day with a variety of options available. This year’s events include Zombie-themed activities like a zombie eating contest on the Mund patio, a zombie run, and a zombie dance at The Underground. View the complete schedule here.

Several events also count as Dueling Dutchmen events to give residence hall teams a chance to earn more points this year.

Carmen Forte will present a concert at a bonfire at the Facilities Barn at 8 p.m.

Dutchmen Day has quickly become the most popular and anticipated event on campus, and continues to allow students and faculty to interact outside of the classroom while also helping to alleviate any stress before the end of the semester finals begin. Check out a live webcam of the day's events here.

The tradition began in the spring of 2002 with the idea of creating a student holiday. Organizers decided to keep the day a secret, hoping to surprise students and faculty with a day off from the normal routine prior to the start of finals preparation.

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