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Finishing with a Bang(Bang)

May 12th, 2015 apcook15

Hello again, readers! I’m approaching the end of the line here as your intrepid HC student blogger, but I’ve got a few posts left in me yet…I’m riding into that graduation sunset guns a-blazin’. My last final ended yesterday around dinner time, so the book’s been closed on my collegiate academic career for over 24 hours now.  Walking out of the test room, I got hit with a suckerpunch dose of “YIKES!” and I’ve been spending the time ever since then trying to find ways to stave off some post-work boredom. Here, then, is an account of this year’s spring weekend festivities which happened on campus last weekend!

Spring weekend is always a story-worthy time on campus, to say the least

Luckily, spring weekend is always a story-worthy time on campus, to say the least

To commemorate the student body making it through another school year AND New England winter intact, Holy Cross always has a campus-wide blowout bash the first weekend of May. It’s usually been the highlight of every spring semester on Mt. St. James for me, and this time was certainly no different. A pig roast on the Kimball quad, a street fair on “Easy Street” (where all the underclassmen dorms are located), a BBQ and carnival on the Hart Center lawn, and weekend-capping fireworks have been staples of every year’s festivities for me, and this year made it 4/4. Some rapid fire pictures from those various events:

Playing along with the "Ancient Greece" theme for the weekend, Catherine Cote '18 and I demonstrate how they took pictures in SPARTAAAAAAAA

Playing along with the “Ancient Greece” theme for the weekend, Catherine Cote ’18 and I demonstrate how (I assume) they took pictures back in SPARTAAAAAAAA.

A petting zoo outside Lehy dorm is always a must-see highlight of the street fair. The ducks this year were not to be trifled with - I'm suspicious they may have known the centerpiece of the pig roast the night before...

A petting zoo outside Lehy dorm is always a must-see highlight of the street fair. The ducks this year were not to be trifled with – I’m suspicious they may have known the centerpiece of the pig roast the night before…

Whosoever hold this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor!

“Whosoever hold this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor!” Too bad the power of Thor couldn’t help me get the strength-o-meter more than a few feet off the ground. Must’ve been an unworthy carnival game.

The highlight of Saturday for me, however, was the second annual HOLI color celebration on the lawn of Figge dorm. Inspired by the Hindu color festival of the same name, the event has students throw bags of brightly-colored powder at one another, until you can’t even recognize the people you came with anymore.

The most colorful selfie I've ever taken? Smiling's a dangerous idea at this event though - Rachel Cournoyer '18 can attest, this stuff tinges even your teeth!

The most colorful selfie I’ve ever taken? Smiling’s a dangerous idea at this event, though, even though that’s all anyone really does while they’re there – as Rachel Cournoyer ’18 can attest, this stuff tinges even your teeth!

Harry Crimi '15 and Joe Seebode '15, the Three Musketeers of Williams 506. Our shower tires are still green. Seriously.

Harry Crimi ’15 and Joe Seebode ’15, the Three Musketeers of Williams 506. Our shower tiles are still green. Seriously.

Thanks for being such a great roommate this year, Joe!

Thanks for being such a great roommate this year, Joe!

A first for me, this year – I got a chance to stop by the school’s annual Gamelan Gita Sari concert. As someone with ten days left to experience it as a current student, I’m still amazed by some of the incredible things here at the Holy Cross; we actually have the most critically-acclaimed, renowned gamelan music program in the entire country. Under the direction of two A-list professors straight from Bali – where they’re celebrities in the Balinese music scene – the concert was quite an experience, and one I’m really privileged to have experienced. Termia kasih!
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And to wrap up the weekend, the annual school spring concert, headlined this year by British pop star Jessie J. I actually managed to snag a spot in the crowd five feet from the stage, and had an incredible time as Jessie J rocked the sold-out Hart Center.

My mosh group and I. I apologize to each and every one of you for my dance moves.

My mosh group and I. I apologize to each and every one of you for my dance moves throughout the evening.

I've known Adam McAfee '15 since our first weekend together in Wheeler Dorm... all this time later, and he's still following me around

I’ve known Adam McAfee ’15 since our first weekend together in Wheeler Dorm… all this time later, and he’s still following me around

A no-zoom pic of the lady of the hour. Jessie J sports gig-specific apparel at each of her venues, so she was rocking some HC school spirit

A no-zoom pic of the lady of the hour. Jessie J sports gig-specific apparel at each of her venues, so she was rocking some HC school spirit last Monday night as she powered through hits like “Bang Bang,” “Price Tag,” and “Burnin’ Up”

And the crowd ate - it -up

And the crowd ate – it -up

INCREDIBLY engaging, talented, and above all, fun, Jessie J puts on one heck of a live show, and I left seriously impressed.

INCREDIBLY engaging, talented, and above all, fun, Jessie J put on one heck of a live show, and I left seriously impressed.

I’m heading off with some friends to Cape Cod for the next few days – a senior tradition – and I’ve still got some packing to do for it, so I’ll sign off here for now. Be back in a few days to chronicle all my beach adventures!

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