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Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

Fat Tuesday is the last chance to party before Lent.

By Christie Tavera

Students and faculty are invited to join in a Mardi Gras celebration presented by the office of student life and hosted by Campus Activities Board.

The event will be 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

Fat Tuesday ends the excesses of Mardi Gras and Wednesday will officially kick-off the Lenten season, a 40-day religious observance that ends on Easter Sunday, this year March 27.

The event is free and will feature Dixieland music, cake, punch and free masks and Mardi Gras Beads.

Carrie Hernandez, senior specialist at the office of student life, encourages students to attend the college-hosted free events, especially because the events are funded by student activity fees.

The fee is assessed on each student at a rate of $1 per hour of enrollment.

All are invited to attend Ash Wednesday services at two locations on campus.

Rev. Johnny Silva from the Methodist Student Center, explained, “It is a time of preparation, and Ash Wednesday marks the 40 days toward Easter.”

Ashes will be available from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Methodist Student Center at Belknap and Dewey places.

An Ash Wednesday service will begin at 12:15 p.m., a one-hour service that coincides with a regularly scheduled Bible study.

Silva, said students from all religious backgrounds are welcome.

The Catholic Student Association will celebrate Mass in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

For more information, call the office of student life at 210-486-0125.

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