College celebrates 150 years

The College kicks off its 150th anniversary today with an all-day celebration and a number of activities and events.

The Founders’ Day Celebration events commenced with the Founders’ Day Scavenger Hunt that began on Feb. 2. Students ran around campus testing their knowledge about the College in hopes of winning a $150 cash prize.

“At this point we have approximately 67 scavenger hunt teams of at least five people,” Janis Blayne Paul, Chief Sesquicentennial Officer, said Monday.

Last night, the College Union Board sponsored Midnight Madness, a countdown to Founders’ Day. Activities included a Gladiator Joust, a Dance Dance Revolution competition, mini golf, Battle of the Bands, Blizzard of Bucks and Texas Hold ’em.

The event lasted from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m.-, letting off right before the 4 a.m. bus trip this morning to NBC’s “Today” Show at Rockefeller Center.

The show will air in the Rathskellar all morning so students can catch a glimpse of their peers representing the College on national television with Roscoe the Lion.

Celebratory events will be held in Brower Student Center today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., WTSR will be playing the best songs in the station’s history.

Also, from noon to 5 p.m., the Postal Cancellation and Time Capsule item collection will be taking place. Commemorative Sesquicentennial postal cancellations will be granted to those who want invitations, postcards and envelopes stamped. Students can also add items to the time capsule, which will be placed in the new library and opened in 50 years.

From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the 150th Birthday Party will close the Founders’ Day events in Brower Student Center. In addition to performances and special guests, birthday cake will be offered.

The birthday celebration will then move to Eickhoff Dining Hall, where a Founders’ Day birthday dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Clowns, jugglers and cupcake decorating will be featured.

Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will be facing off against the Rowan University Profs tonight. The women’s game is at 6 p.m. and the men’s is at 8 p.m. Both will be held in the Packer Hall Gymnasium.

The Founders’ Day Leadership Convocation will close the day’s events with a dessert reception following it. Held in the Music Building, the convocation will commence at 7 p.m. while the dessert reception will begin at 8:30 p.m.

“While it’s been a yearlong celebration, we’re also using the Sesquicentennial Celebration to leave a legacy with items such as the time capsule (which will be opened in the bicentennial in 2055), a Sesquicentennial Scholarship which was endowed by the Aumni Association and a Sesquicentennial Alumni Grove where alumni can gather and reminisce,” Blayne Paul said.