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Waltz Mission

February 6, 2009 at 11:00 pm
By Collin Hazlett

(In which a bizarre, covert, and generally all-around awesome plan is executed.)

On Thursday, at precisely six o'clock, in the Langauge and Dining Center, a large but strategically hidden pair of speakers suddenly began playing waltz music loudly.  Dozens of students arose simultaneously, without warning, from their tables, paired up, and began to waltz across the dining hall.  When the music ended, they returned nonchalantly to their meals and acted as if nothing happened.

If I didn't know better, I would suspect those mysterious Anthropology students, but I do know better. 

I know better because... I was in on it this time.

The mission wasn't my idea, although I really wish it was.  I don't know if the mastermind(s) behind the event would like me to reveal their secret identity/ies here on the internet, where anyone could potentially learn it/them, so I will keep it/them secret.  I will just say that this/these person/people has/have gained my highest respect by executing this plan, and that it definitely ranks among the most awesome things I have done at Carleton so far.

I am tired and tomorrow is a busy day, with Winter Ball and all, so I will keep this one short, but I would like to report an exciting breakthrough on the Anthropology front- today I observed an Anthropology student observing people opening doors for other people and making note of the interactions between people before and after door-opening.  So whatever they are studying, it may have something to do with door opening.

I really hope some Anthropology students saw the waltz mission.


  • February 10 2009 at 1:02 pm

    The door-holding person was actually there? Ha! I've never seen them before.

    Also, I'm sad I missed the waltzing – should have come to dinner earlier. We need more Improv-Everywhere-esque activities at Carleton, I think.

  • March 4 2009 at 1:59 am

    So was this a flash-mob type thing?