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May the Fourth be with You: Star Wars Day at Broadview Orem

Published on May 11, 2015 by Karen Newmeyer

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Students Dishing Up

What do Star Wars Day and Cinco de Mayo have in common? The answer: a Death Star piñata, of course!

Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, fun was had by all who participated in the Orem campus two day event. We cranked up the barbie, grilling Jar Jar links, Han burgers, and C-3pinapple-O (which is really good, BTW on hamburgers or straight up). Also served were Princess Lay’s potato chips, and Vader-ade. Students, staff, family, and friends were all invited.

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Randy Johnson, Dean of Education

Activities included “I Spy with my Jedi Eye,” a Star Wars trivia contest, the Star Wars dress up your pet contest, a Wookie calling contest, and culminating on the second day with the highly anticipated Death Star piñata. The piñata didn’t stand much of a chance again students LaMyron Randle, (MA), who brought it down, and Robert May, (IT), who finished it off.

With the first Star Wars movie being release in 1977, the expression “May the force be with you” became a household

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Student with Light Saber vs. Death Star Pinata

expression. Legend has it that the first time May the 4th was publicly referenced was just two years later in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The London Evening Times ran a congratulatory notice that read: “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.” Since then, this “unofficial” holiday has grown. Even the astronauts on the International Space Station spent the day watching Star Wars on this past May 4th.

So the question remains: Will May the Fourth become so popular that May the fifth will become known as “Revenge of the Fifth”? I wouldn’t mind just so long as it doesn’t replace Cinco de Mayo! I still like my seven layer bean dip and chips on May 5th.

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