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Seniors host dads for SMC weekend

Molly Lamping | Friday, October 5, 2007

Saint Mary’ seniors will host their fathers this weekend during the annual Senior Dads’ Weekend, an event Monica Mastracco said she has been waiting for – and so has her father.

“My dad is really excited,” Mastracco said. “He’s been talking about it probably as much as I have.”

Throughout the weekend, seniors will participate in several activities with their dads. Tonight, there will be a beer garden on Library Green for seniors and their dads, along with a silent auction to benefit the Class of 2008. On Saturday, activities include rounds of golf in the morning, as well as tailgating and a game watch at the College Football Hall of Fame. The weekend’s festivities wrap up Sunday morning with Mass at the Church of Loretto.

Seniors said they are looking forward to the variety of activities planned for the weekend.

“I think I’m most excited about the golf,” Maggie Jespersen said. “I don’t really like to golf, but my dad is pretty good, so I think it will be a good learning experience and a lot of fun.”

“I’m excited to spend time with my dad not doing typical dad-like things,” Megan Welsch said. “It’s great that we can do things like this together now.”

Most of all, students seem to be looking forward to spending some alone time with their fathers.

“I’m the only girl, so we don’t really get to spend a whole lot of time one-on-one,” Jespersen said.

Other than the official events for the weekend, many students are planning other activities with their fathers.

“Instead of going to the Hall of Fame for the game watch, my dad and I are just going to watch it with some of my friends and their dads,” Jespersen said.

“[My roommates and I] are all having a nice steak dinner in Opus Hall before the beer garden,” Welsch said. “I’m hoping this weekend will be a throwback for my dad to college because we will be going out and doing things together that I typically do on the weekends anyway.”

Students are excited about sharing their experiences at the College with their fathers and giving them a glimpse into their lives while they’re here.

“This event is very unique to Saint Mary’s,” Mastracco said. “Not a lot of schools have something like this.”