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This Little Piggy Went to Farm House

May 9, 2012 at 10:19 am
By Marlena Hartman-Filson, '13

Parents and prospective students often ask me what an ordinary day at is like Carleton. Weekday, weekend, it doesn't matter. They just want a window into the life of a Carl. And so I thought, "Hm. Alright. I'll just choose a day and document it with pictures and then blog about it." Saturday seemed like as good a day as any. I didn't have plans; I couldn't imagine it would be anything other than ordinary.

But it turned out to be, one might say, extraordinary. Let me explain.

My day began with a 3v3 soccer tournament fundraiser. Two of my friends organized Goals with Soul to benefit Soccer Without Borders, an organization that uses soccer as a tool to bring hope and change to impoverished communities worldwide, and Supporting Opportunities for Ugandans to Learn (SOUL), which focuses its effort on women's empowerment and education in Uganda. Twenty teams participated in a competitive and recreational division and together raised $1,190! 

For me, the best part was the wonderful assortment of people who made teams. Three Ultimate Frisbee teams made soccer teams - Eclipse, GoP and Syzygy. The philosophy department had a team. 4th Goodhue had a team. Men's and women's soccer had teams.

I was on the Syzygy team. And although most of us hadn't played soccer since high school or middle school or, in the case of one girl, ever, and although it began to thunderstorm ferociously in the afternoon, we had an absolute blast.

Flannery left her defenders in the mud:

goals with soul

Niki showed those GoPers who was boss:

goals with soul

And Syzygy relished in the time we got to spend sliding around in the mud, frolicking in the rain, and playing with a round ball rather than a flat disc with our wonderful sister team.

goals with soul

 

After a brief break and nice hot shower, I migrated North to Farm House for a much anticipated event:

The First Annual CANOE House-sponsored Pig Roast!

Let me first add a disclaimer and say I have NO idea where this concept came from. I'm assuming the idea came from Jesse, who was the mastermind for all the research, planning and coordination that went into the event.

First, we allocated tasks (image from a CANOE House email thread - I've highlighted the most interesting parts). Seeing this out of context would be quite bizarre (okay, it's bizarre even in context):

pig roast

The original plan was to line a pit with rocks, build a fire and maintain it as the pig cooked for 24 hours. Apparently this is something that's done? I don't know! I'm just a city girl. I grew up here - no pig roasts:

home

Anyway, so the pit was dug and the rocks were gathered:

pig roast

But at the last minute, Student Activities received word of our plans, decided there was a pretty good chance we'd give everyone on campus food poisoning, and rented a steam cooker for us (good call, Student Activities).

And so as the rain disappeared and the evening sun came out... 

farm

farm

... we roasted the pig (which we fondly named Suzie):

pig roast

pig roast

pig roast 

As the pig cooked, we played:

farm

farm

pig roast

pig roast 

pig roast

Finally, the pig was ready. Reid approved of the taste-test:

pig roast

The pig was transferred to the kitchen...

pig roast

pig roast

Carved...

pig roast

pig roast

And consumed:

pig roast

 

And that was that. A one hundred pound pig consumed by a great showing of Carleton students. 

But the odd thing is this: reflecting back on my Saturday, I'm not actually sure how extraordinarily extaordinary it really was. Okay, we don't have a bunch of non-soccer players participate in a 3v3 soccer tournament to benefit international organizations or roast a massive pig every weekend, but there's always some refreshingly odd adventure to be had on campus. This weekend, we have Empty Bowls, an outdoor showing of The Muppets, and Alumni weekend, where hundreds of Ultimate Frisbee alumni return to Northfield and invade campus. I guess that's just a perk of being at Carleton. Never a dull moment.

Comments

  • May 11 2012 at 4:28 pm
    George-Ann Davis Maxson

    I just knew this had to be a Farmhouse project. It's very much in our tradition. Mr. Piggy looks absolutely delicious.

  • May 21 2012 at 4:10 pm
    Jaye

    So disturbing, and yet...so delicious.

  • May 21 2012 at 4:34 pm
    Matt

    Seeing a whole roast pig in the Farm House kitchen is causing me some serious cognitive dissonance... Back in the day I ate a fair number of vegan meals in Farm House, even though nobody living in the house was vegan. Why? Because someone vegan might unexpectedly stop by for dinner.

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