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Class of 2007 initiates Soph-O

Katie Perry | Wednesday, September 15, 2004

The Soph-O, an inaugural series of activities and events sponsored by the Sophomore Class Council, commences tonight in an effort to encourage unity and class spirit among members of the Class of 2007.Four distinct events are scheduled through Sunday evening. These events vary as part of a “something-for-everyone” strategy, class council leaders said. From service to spirituality, the themes of the events represent major aspects of life at Notre Dame. Although the events vary topically, they are unified with each having an underlying focus on class-togetherness.”We view sophomore year as one of class unity,” sophomore class council vice president Bill Andrichik said. “Freshman year we were brought together as dorms, thus we would like to use this year to come together as a class before many classmates go abroad junior year.”The festivities begin tonight with an emphasis on service. “Doughnuts After Dinner” provides students with an opportunity to learn about the various summer service projects their classmates participated in while enjoying coffee and Krispy Kreme doughnuts free of charge. Activities continue Thursday with the “Soph-O Bonfire,” an event encouraging students to become acquainted with their classmates as they roast s’mores and listen to live music by Andrew Todd-Smith. On Saturday, the Class of 2006 will join the Class of 2007 in co-sponsoring a Notre Dame-Michigan State game-watch at Legends. This event is open to all students and will feature free food and a chance to win an iPod among other prizes.A Sunday evening “Class Mass” at the Grotto is slated to conclude Soph-O events by unifying classmates on a spiritual level.Class officers, committee chairs and staff advisors communicated over the summer and collaborated throughout the beginning of the semester to ensure Soph-O’s successful execution and the fulfillment of campaign promises.According to Andrichik, the efforts put forth to plan Soph-O will not be in vain. He expects turnout among sophomores to be high given the triumphs of many of last year’s class activities.”A history of great participation, the fact that no event costs anything to attend and the opportunity to build unity all predict that Soph-O will be a success,” he said.