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7th Weekend

November 2, 2009 at 6:34 pm
By Katie Williams

This weekend, a lot went on.  I'll go backwards starting with Sunday, to be sure to fit everything in.

Day Light Savings

Sunday was day light savings so we gained an hour.  It was wonderful, although I woke up very confused because the 4 clocks in my room (including my cell phone and computer) couldn't agree on what time it was.  Once I got that figured out though, I had a pretty lazy day, cooked dinner with a friend, and did some homework.


Saturday was Halloween, so a lot of people on campus dressed up and went to the Halloween Concert.  Liz Low already talked about the concert in her blog, so I won't go into great detail.  Overall, it was really fun to see everyones' costumes at the concert!  I was especially surprising to see my brother on stage for both the group and individual costumes.  He and his friends dressed up as the cast of Arrested Development, and placed second in the group contest.  The surprising part, was learning that the completely blue man on stage was my brother, and that he had shaved part of his head for the costume.  Apparently it was worth it though, because he also won something in the individual contest.

Our president, Rob Oden, actually showed up to the Halloween Concert too, which was exciting.  I've always been told that he comes to the concert, but since I've been here he's been away on business on Halloween. This year he made an appearance though, dressed up as Indiana Jones. 

Another important person did NOT show up this year, though, which was very disappointing.  Schiller (the bust of an old German poet) is usually shown at the Halloween concert, but unfortunately whoever has him decided not to bring him out this year.  For those of you who haven't heard of the Schiller tradition, I'll explain breifly.  In the 60s, the bust of Schiller was stolen from the Art Department by a group of students, and has since been passed down from student to student.  The only way to obtain Schiller is to steal him from his owners when he is shown at certain events around campus (such as the Halloween concert).  I'd say it's one of the top goals of a Carleton student to try and get Schiller.

For the concert, my house dressed up together for halloween as the characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory, but we didn't enter the group contest.

I have video from the night, that I will figure out how to put up soon.  For now, here are some pictures from the Halloween contest:

My house's costume:

halloween concert


The MC's at the Halloween Concert:

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Mario Kart:

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My brother with the shaved head and the rest of Arrested Development:

halloween concert 

Band Concert and The Cow

Friday night was my band concert.  I joined band last spring term, and have really enjoyed playing music twice a week during the term.  Our concert was actually pretty well attended, so it was a fun way to start out the night.  We played music by Hayden and Mendelsohn and other composers.  After the band concert, I went to one of the computer labs on campus to finish my comps before meeting my housemates at The Cow for my roommate's 21st birthday.  After hanging out there for about an hour (and talking to a group of professors who were also there) we headed back to our house for cake.


  • November 4 2009 at 11:57 am

    Hi Katie! I found your blog while I was bored at work.  I feel honored to be such a large part of this entry (though my name is never mentioned, probably a good thing)

  • November 8 2009 at 12:23 am

    How do you get involved in the music program at Carleton?

  • November 8 2009 at 3:57 pm
    Katie Williams

    Hi Hannah,

    Getting involved with music at Carleton is really easy, since it's open to all students regardless of major.  We have four large faculty led ensembles (band, jazz band, orchestra, choir) and many student led ensembles, including chamber music groups and accapella groups.

    The faculty-led ensembles count as classes, so you would just register for them as you would any other class, and they hold auditions during the freshman orientation week.  You don't have to join right away as a freshman though...I waiting until junior year to join band, and was just able to register for the class and show up on the first day of practice.  All of the student-led groups have auditions during the first few weeks of school that are widely advertised around campus.

    If you don't want to participate in a larger musical group, the school also offers individual lessons.  

    Overall, I'd say the music scene at Carleton is pretty low-key, but that makes it fun.  I'm really happy I got involved after not having played flute since high school.  I hope this helps!