Annual High Tea celebration will happen next week

By: Alexis Stallard, Editor-In-Chief

Put on your finest pair of sweatpants and prepare to eat as many finger foods as you can manage because High Tea is back on Tuesday. High Tea is an annual event hosted by Newman, and students flock to it every year for the complimentary snacks and refreshments.

High Tea will last from 2 to 7 p.m. and will take place at the Dugan Conference Center. Students and staff are encouraged to stop by throughout the day and can even take their food to go.

High Tea, though, is about more than just free food. It is about providing students and staff with a place in their days to take a break, just like past generations did, with designated tea time. The event is a nod to the university’s namesake, acknowledging the culture during the time of St. John Henry Newman, Sister Therese Wetta said.

The event has been held for more than 30 years, although the location has changed over the years. It was started by two Newman professors, Deanna Zitterkopf and Jeanne Cardenas, who wanted to bring more meaning to the annual celebration of Cardinal Newman Day.

They chose High Tea because St. Newman had been born during the Victorian era in Ireland, so they felt that having tea time in the traditional English style was a perfect acknowledgment of his life, according to a document provided by Wetta and written by Sister Charlotte Rohrbach and Gabby Loxterman.

It is also a High Tea tradition that all the food and refreshments available are made using original recipes by faculty, staff and students. Several students and staff help with the preparation of the event as well as helping staff it. High Tea organizers are in need of volunteers, so any students interested in helping can contact Sister Wetta through her Newman email or check the Jet Broadcast.

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