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Spring has Sprung!

May 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm
By Marlena Hartman-Filson, '13

Finally - the snow has melted! The birds look less confused, the buds on the trees have stopped shivering, and sprouts of all things green are beginning to cover campus*.

I wish I knew the proper name for a large group of students in the same way that I know that there are gaggles of geese, murders of crows, ostentations of peafowls, rookeries of albatross, asylums of loons, smacks of jellyfish, armies of caterpillars, and dreamings of unicorns. One of the brilliant Web Design works just suggested that perhaps it's a "procrastination of students," and I'm inclined to agree. Especially if they're outside playing and basking in the sun, as pretty much everyone on campus was doing on the first brilliantly beautiful day of spring.

There was a procrastination of students throwing frisbees on the Bald Spot.

And a procrastination of students playing kubb and slacklining outside the Chapel.

And a procrastination of students eating ice cream in town until Ho Bros ran out of all things sweet and cold. 

And, perhaps my favorite, a procrastination of students congregated on the Mini Bald Spot and to celebrate Earth Day.

Sponsored (I believe) by the RAs of Cassat and Memo, the Earth Day celebrations attracted passerbys with activities, workshops and educational booths.

We planted flowers in old water bottles and compostable cups to bring home and add a little spark to our rooms:

Earth Day

earth day

earth day

We fixed our bikes (with the help of our friends at Fit to be Tri'd in Northfield) after a long, cold, rusty winter:

Earth Day

We were challenged to try to taste the difference between two kinds of bottled water and Carleton's tap water (I failed miserably, which is actually sort of great because I thought the tap water tasted the best):

earth day

We learned about simple ways to be more sustainable in everyday life at Carleton:

earth day

We made somewhat wearable sandals out of string and old tires:

Earth Day 

earth day 

Earth Day

And we played lawn games and threw frisbees, because it was just so nice outside:

earth day 

Earth Day

 

That wonderful, glorious day filled with procrastinations of students playing outside in the sun ended with a wonderful, glorious night in the Concert Hall, where another procrastination of students gathered to watch Josh Ritter and the lead singer of Sea Wolf give a free concert to Carleton students and faculty. Brought to Carleton by the Music Department, Josh Ritter was definitely the biggest musical name the school has had on campus (outside of the student-organized Spring Concert) since I've been here. I'm personally a huge Josh Ritter fan, so I was SO excited when I heard he'd be on campus. All three hundred free tickets were reserved within an hour of when they were made available.

The show opened with Alex Brown Church of Sea Wolf playing a few of their songs, including two of my all-time favorites (Old Friend and Middle Distance Runner):

sea wolf 

sea wolf

And then, after a short break, Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band took the stage. And they were GREAT. Josh Ritter was bouncy and happy and smiley and giggly and active and his band members had fantastic vests and waxed moustaches and the whole thing was exactly what Carleton students wanted. I was worried that people would be awkward and stay in their seats the whole time, but I couldn't be more wrong. By halfway through the first song, several patches of students were standing up and dancing (to which Josh Ritter laughed and said, "this has never happened to be me before") and by the second song, everyone in the lower part of the Concert Hall was standing and squished up to the front of the stage. Woohoo Carleton, way to not be awkward! The Royal City Band played most of my favorite songs (Lillian, Egypt, The Curse, To The Dogs or Whoever, Right Moves, Southern Pacifica), but I was a little sad that they didn't play Galahad. Definitely check out that link - it's live from a solo show he did for Minnesota Public Radio. And he giggles a few times during the song, which is pretty much the best thing ever. Here are some pictures from the show:

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josh ritter 

josh ritter 

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josh ritter 

josh ritter 

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josh ritter 

That's all for now - stay tuned for news of other spring adventures because it really truly does look like the nice weather is here to stay!

 

*Except for about half the grass on the Ultimate Frisbee fields, which decided to take a sabbatical year.

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