Wonderful Wednesday celebration at Milligan

By Lesley Jenkins
star staff

Surprise! Students at Milligan College got a much welcomed day off from classes Friday for the celebration of "Wonderful Wednesday." The college's Social Affairs and Student Government Association have changed the schedule this year, with activities beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
   Students are normally surprised on the day of the event with a note under their dorm room door from President Don Jeanes. The name "Wonderful Wednesday" does not guarantee the mini vacation will occur on a Wednesday. The planning committee decided to try a different approach to give students more advanced notice and extend the festivities into the evening before.
   Part of the fun for students is narrowing down the available days remaining in the year and guessing when the anticipated card will slide under the door.
   This year, the festivities began at 5 p.m. the previous evening with a special cookout at the McMahan Student Center, followed by an evening of games at Steve Lacy Fieldhouse. Friday's activities began at the 10:30 a.m. brunch in McCormick Dining Center. Afternoon activities include volleyball competition, ultimate Frisbee, and a waterslide near Buffalo Creek.
   The theme for 2004 "Wonderful Wednesday" is "Welcome to Hollywood." Some of the favorite activities are "Field of Dreams," the annual faculty versus students softball game, where President Jeanes and the famous rules enforcer Mark Fox can be seen battling the students.
   For an excuse to play in Buffalo Creek, many students participate in the "Rat Race" obstacle course through the creek and in the "Fight Club" tug-of-war at Buffalo Creek.
   Former college President Jess Johnson started the tradition in 1969 in an effort to ease the stress of spring fever. The tradition has held strong during the years with different themes, games and the thrill of the surprise for the faculty and students. Only a few privileged people know the exact date beforehand. Even the planning committee has to prepare the event without knowing the date.