Life Raft 2017!

April 28, 2017


The St. Norbert College Honors Program was proud to host its sixth annual Life Raft! event on Tuesday March 28. A consistent crowd favorite among program members as the most popular Honors event of the year, Life Raft! 2017 drew a full house of students into Fort Howard Theater. President Kunkel--who has been a strong supporter of the Honors Program and the event since its conception--played his role as a fake-news reporting emcee for the final time before his upcoming retirement as the college president. This memorable night was full of fun and laughter, bringing students across all majors and years together within the Honors community as they watched their professors in an hour-long comedic battle for survival. Life Raft! is a competition in which four faculty members of various disciplines must argue why they are the most beneficial option for students to bring with them in order to create a new post-apocalyptic society. Meanwhile, the Devil’s Advocate provides reasons as to why none of the disciplines are necessary, and that the surviving group of Honors students should use the last extra space on their life raft for more useful purposes. Students vote for the winner--a faculty member or the Devil’s Advocate--who wins a paddle with an inscribed plaque, which the champion keeps for the entire year. This year’s competitors included our winner, Dr. Russ Feirer of Biology, Dr. Ben Chan of Philosophy, Dr. Tom Bolin of Theology and Religious Studies, Dr. Eric High of Music, as well as Dr. Mark Glantz as the Devil’s Advocate. After the event, students enjoyed some cake to close out the fantastic evening. Overall, Life Raft! 2017 was a fun night for the many honors students, faculty, and staff in attendance. The Honors Program is grateful to President Kunkel for continuing to join us for this long-running tradition during his final year at SNC!








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