This evening the Student Events Board is hosting a bus trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. If you have singed up for this trip you are in for a treat. If you could not go or forgot to sign up, there will be more opportunities for fun trips like these. The bus trip leaves a 5pm and is expected to be back to WAC around 12am. One of the greatest things about this trip is that it only cost $10. The price normally would be $35 for an adult ticket during the aquarium’s normal hours. What a steal! Plus you are not paying for gas or parking, which can really add up. Tom Brennan’17 has organized the trip for this evening and has done a great job!
A bus trip like this is a great way to get off campus and have some fun. The National Aquarium it a great place to go, and is both educational as well as fun. With many exhibits and fish, the National Aquarium can keep you entertained for hours. If you did not have the opportunity to go on this trip, you should definitely try and go to the National Aquarium sometime. You can also get cheaper priced tickets by going during the evening on Fridays. Washington College is relatively close to Baltimore and D.C, so it is important to take advantage of its proximity and experience what the big cities have to offer. The SEB is hosting another bus trip on April 25th to Ocean City, Maryland. If you have a free day and want to have some fun I highly recommend going in April. Ocean City has many cheap ways to keep you entertained, which include, swimming in the ocean (if it is warm enough), tanning, sight seeing, and walking on the boardwalk. Make sure to signup in April for the bus trip so you do not miss out.
There are so many fun and interesting events around and off campus that the Student Events Board plans. Members of SEB work hard to make sure you are entertained and have things to do. So make sure you take advantage of their events because they are always a lot of fun! If you are going on the trip this evening have fun, and if you did not get to signup for the trip make sure do not miss our next time!
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Each year, the Service Council teams with Blood Bank of Delmarva to hold two blood drives. One is held in October and is Halloween themed, while the other is held in February around Valentine’s Day. Today, the “Love Sucks” blood drive took place in the Goosenest from 10-3. Donating blood is simple and incredibly beneficial to people in need.
The entire blood donation process is very easy and only takes about 5 minutes. The process includes four steps: medical history, physical checkup, donation, and snacks! After donating, members of service council make sure that donors have some rest time and eat a snack. The Delmarva staff and volunteers are experienced and super friendly! Just about anyone can donate.
Donating blood is a very important and charitable thing to do. Blood cannot be artificially made yet, so it is crucial for people to continue to make donations of every blood type. One pint of donated blood can be split into platelets, plasma, and red blood cells. This one pint can go toward helping save three people. Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and about one in seven people entering a hospital need it. More than 4.5 million patients need blood transfusions every year. Luckily, about 12.6 million units of blood are donated each year by about eight million blood donors.
If you feel inspired to donate but missed your chance today, do not worry! There will be another opportunity in October during Halloween. Donate blood and save a life!
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While many of us were celebrating this weekend members of the men’s and women’s swim team where away at championships. Every year many of the swimmers miss the festivities of Birthday Ball weekend and compete in the Centennial Conference Championships. This year, the team traveled to Gettysburg, PA for a weekend filled with competition. The other teams in Washington College’s conference who were at the championships were Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall, Ursinus, Swarthmore, Dickinson, and McDaniel. The men’s team finished 2nd overall at the championships, which according to the Washington College Varsity Athletics web site, is the first time in twenty years.
I asked Ashley Maurizi’15, a member of the women’s swim team, how the Centennial Conference Championships went. “Champs were exciting, it’s always fun to see all the hard work you put into the entire season pay off,” said Ashley. She also told me that both the men and women’s teams did really well and both did better than they did last year. Ashley said, “There were both season and lifetime best times for both boys and girls. And we had lots of men and women in finals and consolation finals, which is exciting to watch!” Also the relays were exciting and both teams did really well. As a senior, Ashley has been to championships four times and has not made it to Birthday Ball. I asked Ashley how she felt about missing out and she said, “I know that a lot of the underclassmen were bummed about not going to birthday ball, I was personally sad that I missed out on seeing all of the alumni come back, so I wish we could have worked more with the school to make it a week later. But I personally wouldn’t trade champs for birthday ball.”
The men and women’s teams did great and championships and it is so great to see such team spirit from them. Even though they missed about on Birthday Ball weekend they love their sport so much it does not seem bother them. Both teams truly worked hard this season and like Ashley said, their hard work paid off.
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Kaitlynn’18 and Rachel’15 talk about their Birthday Ball experience
George’s birthday celebrations are officially complete. The ball is over, the decorations have been taken down, and we even finally had our Mardi Gras themed dinner tonight. Now all we have left are the memories of a fun and festive weekend. For some, there are many more years of Birthday Ball to look forward to, but for others this may have been the last hurrah. I talked to a freshman and a senior to hear if they had contrasting opinions about the ball.
Kaitlynn Ecker ‘18, a member of ShoTroupe, told me about her Birthday Ball experience. She said, “I thought it was fun because it was my first time going and I didn’t really know what to expect.” She also said, “It was better than homecoming because it was so much bigger and the decorations were amazing!” Kaitlynn enjoyed her weekend and said she is looking forward to seeing what is in store for years to come.
Rachel Petrie ’15, a business major, had a slightly different opinion. She told me that it wasn’t her favorite theme of her four years, but she still had a lot of fun. Rachel said, “I realized that the weather had an influence on how the dance came together. It stinks that we didn’t have a bar, though, because it was my first year being able to drink and I was really looking forward to that.” Due to the weather, many girls wore their boots to the dance. Rachel got stepped on so much that she had to visit the Emergency Room in the morning. She is in good spirits, however, and joked, “At least I made the count for Birthday Ball Emergency Room visits!”
This has been a whirlwind of a weekend and hopefully it was fun for all. Until next year, we will just have to reminisce on all the memories we have for now. Let’s all hope to see much less snow next time around!
Cleanup in the JFC
Birthday ball has come and gone and even though the weather was a little rough it was still a great time. I had mentioned on Friday that Katie Gordon’17 was in charge of creating the magnificent ball as well as having the duty to clean up the next morning. Katie woke promptly at 8am on Sunday morning to go help clean up Birthday Ball, which took four days to set up. As she got ready to leave her dorm room her roommates were sleeping soundly unaware of the hard work she was going to do. Other members of the Students Events Board where also there bright and early to help as well as members of the baseball team and woman’s soccer team. Everyone ventured across the frozen campus to the JFC where they would find their once beautiful ballroom. Many things were found throughout the JFC as cleanup commenced. Some of the things founds during clean up were: a single shoe, a tie, a burlap sack, jackets, mini bottle of alcohol, and two handles of alcohol. Given the things recovered after Birthday Ball, one can wonder how and why these things were brought into the ball! With such a large amount of people attending the ball it is easy to understand how things could have been snuck in. If you are missing anything, like jackets or a shoe, public safety has a large lost and found pile.
The clean up lasted about 5 hours seamed to be very tiring. With all the work that went into making birthday ball happen it is odd to think that it can be over so fast. Even with a little snow and some icy roads everyone who had a part in Birthday Ball tried their hardest to make sure it happened. Nevertheless, I hoped you enjoyed celebrating George’s birthday with the rest of the Washington College community.
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Photos by Katie Gordon
The giant mask entrance that will soon be covered with 150 balloons
We have made it! It is the end of the week and Birthday Ball is tomorrow. The anticipation has been building up for weeks and the legendary day has come. Get ready for a jam-packed weekend filled with alumni, friends, and of course the biggest birthday party of the year. For those of you who have never been to birthday ball it may be hard to imagine how the JFC can be transformed into a magnificent ballroom. Or you may be wondering how the Mardi Gras theme will turn out. Katie Gordon’17, executive director of traditions and school spirit for the SEB, has been working all year for this famed day. After the Washington College community voted on the theme for Birthday Ball, Katie Gordon went straight to work. She has been putting in long hours all week to make sure Birthday Ball perfect. She will be setting up all day Saturday and also cleaning up all day Sunday. Katie and the SEB’s hard work has all been put into making Birthday Ball happen so WAC can celebrate George’s birthday properly.
To get a feel for what the JFC will look like when it is transformed. I asked Katie if she could give us a sneak peak! She says, “Not only are we striving to culminate all of the aspects of Mardi Gras, but the whole experience of bing in New Orleans.” When you enter the JFC “you will walk through a giant mask covered with one hundred-fifty colored balloons. As you make your way to the bar area you will see a French Quarter façade with a voodoo themed bar and authentic shrunken heads! Katie says, “The dance floor will have you feel like your dancing on Bourbon Street as you will be surrounded by lamp posts, streamers, and lights.” The Mardi Gras float will be located to the left of the dance floor and functions as a platform that you and your friends can take pictures on. A bayou themed lunge area is equipped with Cyprus trees and alligators! Come to the lounge to take a break from dancing the night away. Finally there is the buffet, which will have traditional Mardi Gras foods and deserts. Katie says, “I really hope you enjoy all of the executive board’s work for this year’s Birthday Ball.”
Birthday Ball is shaping up to be super awesome time. Make sure you have fun but also stay safe. This is a great time for celebration but we also have to be smart. Stay with your friends and make wise decisions. Also utilize the shuttles and try to dress warm. So have a great weekend and remember, don’t do anything George wouldn’t do!
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This week is all about preparing for Birthday Ball. One of the biggest concerns for the ladies is what to do with your hair and makeup. There are many options when it comes to looking your best at the Ball.
For your hair, you could go classic and pretty with loose curls. Add a twist by pinning your bangs back or doing a little braid. If you want to be a more dramatic, try an up-do like a sock bun. You can even try something edgy and old school by putting a few tight braids in your hair. It can be hard to do your hair but that’s what friends are for! It is always fun to get ready for Birthday Ball with your closest friends, doing each other’s hair and makeup, and getting dressed. Birthday Ball is the one night that everyone on campus goes all-out so why not do the same. It is a good idea to practice doing your hair beforehand so you are not in a frenzy before the dance.
For makeup, neutral hues are great for any style and occasion. The smoky eye adds more drama and also goes well with almost any look you want to achieve. In the spirit of Mardi Gras, use some gold shimmer or even use green or purple eye shadow. If you are really feeling brave and festive, do all three!
Birthday Ball is a time to let loose and have a massive amount of fun. Whatever you choose to do with your hair and makeup, everyone will look amazing and so will you! Be sure to take a lot of pictures with friends and have the time of your life. Only two more days!