After the always-hectic first few weeks of school passed, many students on campus began to feel the strain of the return to the academic routine. Thankfully, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota celebrated its first long weekend of the year this past weekend as classes were cancelled to honor Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 7. The liberated students were not left without things to do, however. Early risers were treated by Mugby Junction, who rewarded their first 200 customers of the day with free coffee and doughnuts.
Lux plays for the students gathered at the plaza picnic.
Photo by Emily Loof
Next, lunch was served picnic-style in the plaza, accompanied by a bouncy house that had students flocking to the line next to the Fitzgerald Library in droves. Lunch was made even better by a live concert by Lux, who regaled the students not just with music but also jokes, personal stories and, occasionally, an outbreak of dancing. Later on in the day, students were invited to take a break from catching up on their homework for Tuesday’s classes by participating in a sand volleyball tournament at Saint Yon’s Valley. It was a spectacular day to celebrate the national holiday and to bring to a close the summer of 2015. Students were left invigorated and ready to welcome the fall season already evident in the weather here in Winona.