Due to the number of snow days this semester, the school has decided to cancel Advising Day. The school understands that this may come as a shock and anger some students. It is important to remember that most colleges do not have this extra day off. Advising Day is reserved for freshmen to meet with their advisors and schedule classes, yet upperclassmen do not receive this privilege. Professors also have to cancel an entire day of teaching, which can disrupt the course of their schedules.
In an interview with Interim President Griswold, he stated that the original plan had been to cancel Reading Day on May 1st. He said he changed his mind, however, because he “didn’t want students to attend class in the nude.” This was probably a good idea if you really think about it. Students hearing about the cancellation may be feeling a little frenzied. Resident Assistant Lis Engle ‘17 said, “Spring Fling is still scheduled to occur. I don’t think anyone will be able to volunteer or attend because they have class now!” The campus green will likely have several empty tables and unmanned bounce houses. This will be a stark contrast to the typically bustling event.
No official announcement has been made yet but expect to see an email later today. If the school does not send out a WAC Alert or email, you should still attend class. Professors reserve the right to mark you absent if you do not show up to class. See you all tomorrow! I’ll be the one looking very miserable and unhappy.
Bad News Bear
*To support Elm tradition, this week will feature April Fool’s Day themed articles*
A member of the SEB as a decoration for Birthday Ball
Everyone probably remembers the Mardi Gras theme for Birthday Ball. However, you may not know of the voodoo curse that accompanied the ball. Remember the snowstorm that almost ruined Birthday Ball? Well, that was just part of the curse. How did the curse start you ask? The SEB is to blame. They ordered 25 authentic shrunken heads, which I have discovered to be the cause of the curse. As I investigated further, I found that the provider of the shrunken heads was a witch doctor from the amazon. How very suspicious!
If you have not noticed, the curse is still plaguing Washington College. A number of events have occurred, which I believe to be the curse at work. Since Birthday Ball, all the toilets in Harford Hall have stopped working. All the students have had to travel to the gym to shower and use the facilities. Many students have been suffering from the inability to turn to the left and these students have also reported missing shoelaces. The curse has also brought very strange weather to the Chestertown area. Finally, the voodoo curse shrunk several of the SEB employees’ heads! They were all mixed together in the decorations at Birthday Ball and are now in storage with the rest of the decorations.
Will the voodoo curse ever end? How do we reverse the curse? Unfortunately the curse will not end until next year’s Birthday Ball. We must be strong and try to avoid the curse at all costs. Try not to offend any witch doctors or be around other people and you should be protected from the curse. I will continue to investigate this curse and please report any curse-like incidents.
Gus the Goose supports the Shoremen & Shorewomen
Get ready to show some school spirit at Flock Out this weekend! This Saturday the SGA and SEB will hand out cool giveaways at the sporting events. They encourage you come and support the Shoremen and Shorewomen as games commence. The teams that will be playing this Saturday are baseball, softball, and women’s lacrosse. Games will being at 12:30pm and will continue throughout the afternoon. Both the baseball and softball teams will be playing Muhlenberg, and women’s lacrosse will play Franklin and Marshall.
This is a great opportunity to hang out with different groups of people and make new friends. Take your friends to the games and show some school spirit while supporting the teams. Executive Director of Traditions and School Spirit, Katie Gordon’17, is the leader of Flock Out. She has designed shirts that will be given out along with, water bottles, drawstring bags, and hats! Katie says, “My favorite part of Flock Out seeing all the students come out to support the various sports teams.” She also says, “Many students do not have the time to go out and watch the sports games, but Flock Out gives them the opportunity to go out and watch WAC win!”
So grab your best Washington College gear, your friends, your school spirit, and come to Flock Out. Spend the day outside enjoying the fresh air, even if it may be a little chilly. There are only a few weekends left, so make sure you enjoy them while you can, and spend them with your friends!
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The campus is slowly turning purple in preparation for Relay For Life. If you look around you’ll notice ribbons, streamers, balloons, and posters. This Saturday night, the campus will come together to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Relay is a fundraising walk where members of teams take turns walking around the track. The whole night lasts from 7 pm to 7 am. There are events scheduled all throughout the night to keep you awake and active. Relay For Life is a great way to spend time with the WAC community and it is all for a good cause.
If this is your first time going to Relay, it can be a little overwhelming or intimidating. There are a lot of people and events, but remember to be respectful and supportive of others. Relay can be emotional at times because cancer has affected so many people.
Be sure to wear sensible shoes because you will be doing a lot of walking. There will also be a Zumba class to keep you moving. Join in on the fun and play games, walk with your friends, and cheer on all the events. You should also try to stay all night!
Relay events include: Opening ceremony, kids games, Locks for Love, Luminaira ceremony, ShoTroupe and WACapella performances, Zumba, musical chairs, Buy a Phi, Miss Relay pageant, a burrito eating contest, and so much more. Relay For Life is a really fun event, which supports an amazing cause, so come out to the JFC this Saturday night and show your support!
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*Check out next weeks blog! We will be featuring a special April Fools’ addition
As college students, we definitely watch lot of movies. If you’re tired of watching the same genre of films, check out some documentaries. Here is a list of my favorites. Most are available on Netflix!
Sharkwater – This is an amazing movie documenting filmmaker Rob Stewart’s passion for sharks. When he discovers that sharks are nearing extinction, due to illegal finning, he sets out to raise awareness and put an end to finning. Rob is so passionate that he makes even those who are terrified of sharks feel sympathetic for them.
Exit through the gift shop – Banksy is an infamous graffiti artist whose work appears all over the world. Thierry Guetta, a french man who is obsessed with Banksy, gets the opportunity to film him and even learn how to become an artist of his own. This documentary gets people interested in street art and comes with an interesting twist!
Life in a Day – The filmmakers of this documentary asked people all around the world to film their lives on the same day. The result is a compilation of love, sadness, and daily life.
Our Curse – This is a short 40-minute film about new parents whose child has a rare breathing condition. Their homemade documentary gives a glimpse into the struggle they face and the love they have for their newborn baby.
CitizenFour – This documentary was the Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature. Laura Poitras, the director, was receiving encrypted emails from someone with information about government surveillance. Filming her experience, she flew to Hong Kong to meet with the anonymous person, who turned out to be Edward Snowden.
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Tonight, Ian Flinn’16 presented Conjuring Curiosity: A Performance of Magic and Time Travel. As I entered Decker Theatre, the seats were filled and the audience was buzzing with excitement! Upon entering every one received a program with a brief summary of all the things Ian has done and plans to do. He has be studying magic since he was seven years old and loves how people react when he performs. In fact, that is the reason he loves magic so much; the joy and awe in people’s reactions bring him great satisfaction. Not only was the audience treated with a number of illusions, they were also given a brief history of magic and a look at what Ian has been researching.
Ian Flinn also taught the audience about some of his tricks. While he fooled one lucky audience member, the rest of us got to see the cool and funny tricks being performed. He used many audience members to complete his illusions, which made them much more believable. The right amount of humor, wit, and concentration was the cherry on top of an exceptional performance. If the audience was not in awe about a trick, they were laughing at his delightful sense of humor.
The entire performance was both entertaining and very educational, which often dose not come hand-in-hand. The large support that was there for Ian was so wonderful to see. People from the Washington College community as well as the Chestertown area all came to show their encouragement. I hope to see more shows from Ian because they truly are a delight and can spark so much amazement in people. Keep an eye out for all the brilliant things Ian is sure to accomplish during his time here at WAC and throughout his life!
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It may not feel like it, but it is officially spring! How can it be when it just snowed four days ago? Well if you are not used to Maryland’s crazy weather you better get used to it fast. This spring is sure to throw you a curve ball, and the weather will be like a roller coaster. You want to make sure you are prepared for whatever nasty, crazy, and wet weather Mother Nature is sure to bring. Unfortunately, everything we should probably have to keep us protected from the elements will not fit in our rooms (like a canoe). So here are the most essential items that you should have for this upcoming spring weather.
- Rain Boots -This is the most important item you could have. If you do not have a pair, go to the store right away. You do not want to walk through the river that campus will become once it rains.
- Rain Coat- It will rain hard this spring and you need a good waterproof coat to keep you and your clothes dry.
- Umbrella- Again, it will rain very hard and your backpack, along with everything inside of it, will get very wet.
- A Vest – The weather will be unpredictable throughout the day. To avoid being to cold in the morning and to hot in the afternoon, wear a vest! Plus this is a great outfit booster.
- Sunglasses – It is about to get really sunny and warm, so grab some shades to protect your eyes and keep yourself cool!
- A Hat – Stop by the bookstore and pick up one of the cute WAC hats! It works as a fashion accessory and a way to put your hair on days you do not have time to wash it!
- A Tumbler – Keep yourself hydrated with warm or cold drinks throughout the day.
- Tissues – Spring is also allergy season, so prepare yourself for the uncomfortable road ahead!
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