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Simon Student Center opening gala dazzles

by James Riford News Reporter 

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Dazzling fireworks explode over Spider Field in just one of the many events that took place during last week's celebrations.

Dazzling fireworks explode over Spider Field in just one of the many events that took place during last week’s celebrations.

The ceremony marking the grand opening of the Simon Student Center last Friday night was a huge community success. This prestigious event welcomed many VIPs, such as benefactor Deborah Simon, Board of Regents member John Prentiss, Mayor Jim Zeger, Centerbrook architects Chad Floyd and Stephen Holmes, Mowery Construction representative Steve Switzer, and student body president Gun Ho Ro ‘14. The remarks be- fore the ribbon cutting were brief and poignant; nevertheless, the crowd surged when the doors to the student center opened. Inside, there was a range of special offerings at food stations around the building, all prepared and served by the workers of SAGE dining service. The fare included steak, samosas, sushi, fruits, bread, crackers, cheeses, vegetables, desserts and more. Perhaps the most popular was the “mashed potato martini” station where hungry guests waited in line for ten minutes to mix their “martinis.” Associate Head of School Debbie Rutherford commented, “[The food service workers] really knocked it out of the park.” She continued, “The event really represented what the Simon Student Center should be all about: a place where students can have lots of fun together.” After dinner, students and faculty worked off the extra calories at a fabulous concert starring the LoCash Cowboys, who brought to the stage the energy and talent that Mercersburg has come to expect from them. Molly Serpi ‘09, theater tech intern, coordinated the sound and lighting for the whole event. She remembers the first time that the LoCash Cowboys played when the Simon Theatre opened. Mr. and Dr. Maurer arranged for the performance of the band, drawing from their own love for “Lo- Cash” and the positive reception given at earlier visits. After the show, there was an impressive fireworks extravaganza in the sky over Mercersburg. About the event as a whole, Head of School Douglas Hale stated, “This new space will serve our school well for many generations to come, and the opening was an appropriate response to such a marvelous new gift for our students.” Indeed, it is hard to imagine how the event could have been better.

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