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"Pigapalooza" Celebrates Senior Class Generosity

Tiffany Lautensleger '01
Tiffany Lautensleger '01, a member of the
dining services Pigapalooza
catering crew, juggled
some of the foam party pigs.

September 5, 2000
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

By Jim Swansbrough

Complete with barbecue and flying foam pigs, the Davidson College Senior Experience event "Pigapalooza" offered food, fun, and free stuff to seniors last Monday night in the Chambers Building Gallery.

"Pigapalooza," a joint effort of the Career Services, Dining Services, Annual Fund, Alumni Association, Residence Life, and President's offices, was a bonding experience for the Class of 2001, and a light-hearted fundraising effort for the Senior Class Gift. Class members have chosen to make their gift to the Annual Fund.

The proceedings began with a benediction by Robert Leacock '01, then the atmosphere turned lively with music from a DJ, games, and Southern vittles catered by the college's Dining Services.
Brantley and Scalera
Class President Christopher Brantley '01 and Clark
Scalera '01 were among the first
in line to feast on barbecue, slaw,
mac and cheese, salad, potato
salad, ice cream, corn dogs, and funnel cakes.

The atmosphere turned even livelier, however, when college President Bobby Vagt made remarks that included an invitation to students to throw their foam party pigs at a friend!

Senior Class Gift Chairs Elizabeth Brantley '01 and Carter Grant '01 also spoke about their fundraising efforts. They reported that 67 percent of members of the Class of 2001 have pledged support thus far, and that 24 percent have already paid their pledges. "To be at this point this early on is impressive," said Brantley. "Our goal is 75 percent participation, and we hope to be there very soon. Things are really looking good."

The two chairs also recognized the 30 class agents and class president Christopher Brantley for their help in the effort. If the 75 percent goal is reached, President Vagt has vowed to contribute $12,001 to the gift as well.
2001 Class Chairs
Class chairs Carter Grant '01 and Elizabeth Brantley '01
have already obtained pledges of support from 66%
of their classmates.

Caroline Bynum, assistant director of the Annual Fund, said that students have four options for the designation of their gifts. The donation may go to student life or athletics; it may be given in honor of a faculty member, or in memory of Chris Malamisura and Nick Dancik, former students of the Class of 2001 who passed away in recent years. "This is one of the first opportunities to give back to the school that gives so much," said Bynum, who noted that most students so far have donated their gift in honor of the two deceased classmates.

"Pigapalooza" is one of six "Senior Experience" events scheduled this year. Senior Salute Day occured August 25, and a Frisbee Golf Tournament is scheduled for October 15. An Etiquette Dinner, Senior Celebration, and Senior Banquet will take place later in the year.

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