Variety defines this year’s Scots’ Day
April 20, 2012
During early afternoon on April 17, Scots’ Day, students and faculty gathered around a life-sized bingo grid, many of them with a vested interest. When the door to a rusty livestock trailer opened and a cow stepped onto the grid-painted enclosure, the moment of truth came mere minutes later. When the cow “chose” grid 33, Col. Stephen Bloomer emerged as the winner of the Class of 2012 Gift Committee’s Cow Pattie Bingo.
The Cow Pattie Bingo was one of many events that took place Tuesday. In the days leading up to Scots’ Day, various students put the final touches on projects and presentations to prepare for Scholar’s Day, celebrated simultaneously with the annual Scots’ Day.
Festivities began at 11 a.m. with the Honors Convocation where the college recognized scholarship recipients, various honors societies and individual awards. Jon Welty and Sam Jagust were announced as Senior Man and Woman of the Year. Jake McLean and Mackenzie Mahler were named Freshman Man and Woman of the Year.
“I definitely didn’t think I was going to get it,” said McLean. “I focus my energies more outside the classroom, and the other two nominees seem to do a lot both inside and outside the classroom. As soon as Kevin [Ross] mentioned Rotaract Club, I knew it was me and my heart started racing. I turned from a nervous feeling to a feeling of pride.”
After the convocation, attendees convened in the cafeteria for lunch where they had carnival food in celebration of Scots’ Day. For the rest of the afternoon, poster board presentations were set up in the upper level of the Huff Athletic Center in recognition of Scholar’s Day. As various faculty, students and community members mingled, students could tell about the projects they had worked on all semester. As entertainment, student performers sang songs, performed skits, delivered monologues and played improvisation games.
“[Scots’ Day] was when two of the most awesome hours of my time here at Monmouth took place,” said theater professor Janeve West. “I had theatre majors perform for one hour and then another hour my citizenship class performed a ‘protest.’ The students worked very hard.”
In the Glennie Gym, students experienced a taste of Las Vegas courtesy of the Association for Student Activity Programming (ASAP). Slot machines and tables set up with different types of card games dominated the Glennie Gym for casino-themed Scots’ Day activities.
“I think people really liked it,” said ASAP marketing co-chair Kelly Russell, a junior. “I heard someone say it was the best Scots’ Day yet, which was certainly encouraged. People get really into the idea of Scots’ Day and so it’s just a day to appreciate what we have here and a day of fun and doing ridiculous things with your friends. It’s a stress relief.”