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Last week Geneva staff conducted a day of one-stop shopping for seniors anticipating their diplomas this May.
Known as Grad Finale, the now annual event helps soon-to-be graduates prepare for commencement and all that lies beyond. Rather than visiting various offices scattered around campus, members of the graduating class arrive at their convenience and move from table to table in Skye Lounge where staff from career development, the business office, financial aid, academic affairs, alumni relations and other areas of the college are available to help.
Attendance at Grad Finale isn't mandatory, but most students find it worth their while, with at least 80 percent of graduating seniors seizing the opportunity to tie up loose ends, get information on loan repayment, participate in exit interviews and consider purchasing class rings and yearbooks.
According to Campus Store Manager Marilyn Durst, who was handing out caps and gowns throughout the day, Grad Finale is often the first occasion where the reality of graduation really confronts students.
"It's an exciting day," Durst said. "Some of them get pretty emotional when I hand them their gowns."
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Student produces 50-minute film
"Got a light?" is one of many questions that a new film so titled will ask viewers, according to its producer, senior communications major Mark Sanders.
Somewhere between the demands of studies, sleep and social life, Sanders has found time and energy in the last six months to create the 50-minute feature, which will be unveiled 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the John H. White Chapel in Old Main.
Graduating seniors Jay Leakey and Kelly Yerxa star in "Got a Light?", playing a copy-machine clerk named Shawn and a girl—unknown to Shawn—who asks him to help her, to take her somewhere. The movie follows the two characters on a trip that proves to be an unforeseen blessing to both.
"The film is asking the question of when will we help people," Sanders said. "Will we only help people we know? What implications does this have for giving foreign aid? Will we help people even if we aren't sure of the outcome? What happens when our help is either unappreciated or doesn't work out?...I wanted to show that God blesses those situations, even if they aren't ideal."
The film fits well with Sanders' concentration in integrated media, even though it does not fulfill a specific curricular requirement. In putting together "Got a Light?", he tapped into the experience and knowledge—about film and about life in general—that he has gained in his four years at the college.
"I'm happy with the result," Sanders said. "I wanted this film to be entertaining, but I really wanted to have a good message to go along with it, too."
Sanders, who plans to teach English in South Korea in the immediate future and in the long run aspires to making independent films, said the most enjoyable part of the project was the people.
"It takes a lot of people to come together and work together to make something better than I could ever do on my own," he said. "I wrote the script, but I knew that everyone who helped on this movie would bring their own ideas and experiences to the film, and it was my joy to incorporate all of that into the final product."
Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. viewing April 21 in Old Main, and refreshments will be provided. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J59bYvFWlVk to see the trailer.
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