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College festival aimed toward stress relief

Alicia Smith | Tuesday, April 6, 2010

In honor of the original AnTostal, a College celebration of springtime in the 1960s, the Saint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB) will host SMC Tostal, an event featuring a free concert and a variety of other activities.

“We have it to give the students the chance to relax a bit before finals,” SAB president Michele Peterson, a senior, said. Peterson said the Tostal activities begin at noon on Thursday. 

Activities include inflatables on the Library Green from noon to 4 p.m, including a bungee run, obstacle course, slide and human spheres, as well as a rock wall and mechanical bull.

“These are all free, so students can stop by between classes and have a bit of fun,” Peterson said. “There will also be a food vendor with ‘fudge puppies,’ which are basically waffles on a stick covered with chocolate and toppings, and freshly squeezed orange, lemon and lime juice.”

In the Spes Unica Hall Atrium and Student Center Atrium, henna tattoo artists will offer free tattoos. A photo booth will also be available to students in the dining hall during dinner.

The day will end with a concert featuring Josh Kelley and opening act Jon McLaughlin.Tickets are free and available to Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students in the Student Center Atrium today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“I love that SAB can provide the students with a day of fun,” Peterson said. “We all work so hard, and by the end of the spring semester, we are often stressed with oncoming exams. SMC Tostal gives students the chance to relax for a change.”

Peterson said the Tostal is a chance to allow students to relax for free.

“We are lucky that we can provide such a fun-filled day, all for free, just for the students.,” Peterson said. “They really deserve this, and SAB really hopes they enjoy all the events we planned.”