The Lion’s Pause
The Lion’s Pause is a student-run nightclub located on the first floor of Buntrock Commons. The Pause offers several event venues, a study area, pool and sports lounge, and a kitchen offering a full menu including our famous pizza and shakes.
The Pause is a branch of Student Government Association, run by students, for students. That means that we know what you like and what you want, because we’re all in the same boat of bored and hungry Oles! So, we try to keep the Pause as fun, hip, real, wicked, happening, rocking, and rolling as possible. Have a suggestion to make us even cooler? Drop us a note!
How can I reserve space in the Pause?
Our Reservations Coordinator would be happy to help you through that process. You can either fill out the use of space form located here or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We require that events are booked at least two weeks in advance. Curse our popularity and high demand!
What are your hours of operation?
The Pause Kitchen always opens at 10:30 in the morning unless we are closed for a break. Most nights we close up at midnight but on Fridays and Saturdays we close at 2 am. We are here to satisfy both your late-night feast cravings and your study-despair snacking binges.
As far as when the Pause as a whole is open, the truth is that it varies quite a bit depending on the events we host. Let’s just say we are open from mid-morning to bed time.
How do I get a job in the Pause?
Let’s face it: we love you, you love us. Let’s get together. We have online applications here. We tend to be hiring at the beginning of each school term, including interim.
What sort of events do you host?
We host dances, concerts, banquets, game shows, comedians, film festivals, theatrical productions, lectures and many other events. We also play host to the campus band scene and have a large community of sports and TV show fans that gather on a regular basis.
What does it mean to be student run?
With the exception of the custodial staff and the administration that advises us, every Pause employee is a student. More than 100 students are employed by the Pause. We have our own security force, kitchen staff, technical staff and an executive staff also. The executive staff manages the kitchen, tech and security crews, as well as coordinates space reservations, keeps track of financials, represents the Pause on SGA Student Senate and plays other supporting roles in the administration of the Pause.
I lost something in the Pause. How can I get it back?
Don’t worry, happens all the time. We often find items after events and we turn them into the Buntrock Front Desk, located just outside the Pause doors in Crossroads. Check there first, then your PO, then send a frantic email to stolaf-extra.
What are the rules for events?
Lion’s Pause Rules:
Absolutely no drinking or smoking.
No weapons of any kind.
No bags or coats allowed into Mane Stage.
No crowd surfing, sitting on shoulders, or any other physically harmful behavior.
For larger events there are additional rules:
Everyone must have valid photo ID (non-St. Olaf IDs acceptable).
Absolutely no outside beverages or containers.
Bag checks will occur outside the Pause-Crossroads doors.
All patrons entering the Pause must be patted down. There will be a female guard to perform pat downs for women.
The Lion’s Pause reserves the right to:
Use pat down procedures
Search personal belongings
ANY PERSON THAT ATTEMPTS TO SMUGGLE IN ALCOHOL OR DRUGS, SHOWS SIGNS OF INTOXICATION, OR BREAKS ANY OF THE PAUSE RULES WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE PAUSE AND WILL RECEIVE DISCIPLINARY ACTION.
Seriously, just don’t do it.