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National Student Day celebrates socially conscious students

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 12, 2012 18:11

On Thursday afternoon, Northern Iowa Student Government President Jordan Bancroft-Smithe was toiling at University Book and Supply, working on a project with NISG Speaker of the Senate Jared Parker. The project that demanded their attention: putting together a LEGO replica of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon as a part of National Student Day.

Thursday was the second annual National Student Day.

According to, the event is “… all about celebrating and promoting social responsibility by college students across North America!” Specifically, it is designed to honor students who volunteer and give back to their communities.

For National Student Day, the University Book and Supply hosted a party that included free food and fun. Godfather’s Pizza provided free pizza slices for students, Pancheros provided free chips and salsa and Pizza Hut provided pizzas that were given away as prizes.

Angie Sorrel, the teacher resource manager and buyer for the University Book and Supply, came up with the idea for the LEGO competition.

“We’ve had LEGOs in the store here since last December, and I noticed there were a lot of college kids looking at the LEGOs and purchasing them.

“I wanted to do something that would draw them (students) in this year just to remind them that we had them and perhaps buy them (LEGOs) for Christmas or for their own personal sets.”

The Hearst Center for the Arts sponsored the LEGO competition. For the competition, three groups representing NISG, Campus Activities Board and Dance Marathon were given two hours to finish a Millennium Falcon LEGO set. Three judges determined who would win, scoring them on completion, technique and the story each group told about their finished project.

 After working on the project for two hours, the results were in. The Dance Marathon crew came in first, NISG second and the CAB group third. The winners were allowed to keep their Millennium Falcon and also received gift cards for the University Book and Supply.

Rob Wirtjes, a senior graphic technology major and member of the Dance Marathon crew, said the deciding factor of his team’s victory was “teamwork, because teamwork is dreamwork. We worked together and finished first.”


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