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Spring Traditions

May 31, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Spring Term brings some of the most famous Carleton traditions, including Spring Concert and Rotblatt. Here's my rundown.

Spring Concert is an annual outdoor musical festival featuring both professional and student acts. This year, the student bands were The Karate Squids and Different Animals. Professional acts were Martin Anderson & The Goods, Frankie Teardrop, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, St. Lucia, and Run the Jewels.

I had an absolutely wonderful time at Spring Concert. The weather was terrific, I love live music (especially the wide variety provided), and I spent an entire day hanging out with my friends, dancing, and eating good food. After the concert came a fireworks display which I thought was a beautiful marker of the end of spring term and finishing my freshman year. I tend to get kind of nostalgic when major events end, and I thought a lot about how far I've come this school year as the concert was winding down.

Rotblatt is an annual marathon softball game that begins at sunrise and lasts one inning for each year of Carleton's existence since it was founded in 1866 (although since we're getting up there in years, it doesn't actually follow the second rule). All players must hold a beverage in their hand while playing.

A few prospective Carls have heard about the massive "Save Rotblatt" campaign that happened earlier this year (which, side note, I think was a useless, ridiculous waste of student effort (and I will most likely be burned at the stake for saying this, considering many Carleton Senate candidates ran on a platform to save the sport)). Rotblatt is certainly loved by a certain subsection of Carleton (and I'm not just talking about those who drink alcohol, there are plenty who abstain and still have a great time), but it wasn't for me. Maybe it's because I didn't feel like getting up at 3AM and instead headed to the game around noon after the crazy antics had slowed down. Maybe it's because the hundreds of plastic cups littering the ground brought our my inner angry environmentalist. Whatever the case, I most likely won't return.


Both of these activities, however, were a great break from a stressful end of term. Speaking of which, I have to finish two presentations, a paper, a math problem set, and study for two finals. Eurgh. I'm ready for the summer.

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