Celebrating our namesake

Gingerbread Brookings Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton slices cake during a celebration of George Washington’s birthday in the Danforth University Center on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 20. Moments earlier, Wrighton, along with George Washington (better known as Ben Parker-Goos, a sophomore majoring in anthropology in Arts & Sciences), and Sean Wang, a sophomore majoring in economics and in physics, both in Arts & Sciences, led students in singing “Happy Birthday.” George Washington Week, an annual tradition celebrating the university’s namesake, is sponsored by the sophomore honorary Lock and Chain. The week featured a host of activities, including free horse-and-buggy rides around Mudd Field, a keynote speaker, a silent auction, a semiformal dance and a day of service. Below: George Washington lends a hand as senior Arts & Sciences majors Sarah Lavin (center) and Maia Lamdany disembark the carriage. The university’s charter was passed on Washington’s birthday: Feb. 22, 1853. (Credit: JOE ANGELES (2))Gingerbread Brookings