Rally Round the Pipers – The Oracle
Piper Rally promotes community and spirit.
Anderson Center was a flurry of red and gray when the Piper Rally kicked off reunion day. Students, staff and alumni flocked around the Anderson Forum to indulge in the fun and spirit that surrounds it.
“We thought it would be fun to do a tailgating type event,” said junior Macy Hallquist, a member of Homecoming Planners.
The Homecoming Planners were inspired by tailgating, with games and food.
“We looked at ideas of what we do at a hatchback…play garden games,[eat] food…and we picked all these different activities that we could do,” Hallquist said.
It had everything from larger than life games such as Jenga and Pong, plus a photo booth and free food.
“We’re playing the Cobbers, so we’ve got corn on the cob and popcorn…kinda Cobbers themed,” said Homecoming Planners junior Mariah Lemoine.
Several other student organizations got involved to help bring everyone together for the Homecoming football game. One of them was the Hamline Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) which put people in the spirit by handing out free t-shirts. Other groups included Peer Education, Women’s Resource Center, and the Hamline Programming Board (HUPB). HUPB distributed giveaways including sunglasses and headphones.
“It’s about enhancing the community on campus by hosting fun and relaxing events that aren’t related to teaching,” said Hamline Programming Board Member Tom Eichlersmith. “[Piper Rally] is really fun! Everyone comes here to hang out and have a good time and get free stuff.
Along with food and clothing, rally goers could also show off some Piper pride by way of the Spirit Squad.
“We’re just starting to prepare,” said sophomore Gabby Dodd, a member of the Spirit Squad. The Spirit Squad could be found handing out pom poms and banners, painting faces, and generally getting people excited with their enthusiasm.
Along with food, free stuff and the Piper spirit, rally attendees could learn a bit more about Hamline’s history, as was in keeping with this year’s throwback to home theme. ’67. Hamline’s anthropology department had installed a board explaining their excavation project.
“It’s a project…that gives us a little bit of context about Hamline and how it got here,” said junior Avery Marshall, board member of the Anthropological Society. She explained some of the artifacts the project has helped uncover over the years, some even dating back to 1967.
“I hope that some 1967 alumni…will write a history of different buildings on campus…to show the history of Hamline over the years,” said junior Hannah Klumb, a member of the Society’s board of trustees. of anthropology.
One of those alumni who had a story to share was Sherry Bjostad, a 1977 graduate.
“I liked the small classes and getting to know the teachers; those are good things for me,” Bjostad said. She also commented on how much she enjoys seeing everyone on campus over reunion weekend.
This seemed to be reflected by current students who also enjoyed meeting various Hamline Pipers.
“It was cool to see all the generations of Hamline together,” said freshman Lilly Warner.