Creatively Naked

Nakey!On a day like May Day it can be extremely hard to choose something appropriate to wear. Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s May Day, the actual point is to not wear anything and flaunt the weight you’ve gained since last semester. But part of the fun of the celebration is finding ways to express yourself and feel connected with the world and your fellow students. You could run out onto the Campus Green naked and call it a night, but if you’re like me and you like to make a spectacle of yourself, there are lots of ways to mix up May Day and make it feel fresh and original.

Whether you’re the most confident person out there or you’re hesitant to partake in the festivities at all, my main piece of advice is simple: a flower crown will automatically make you look and feel more connected with the world. May Day is all about that feeling of freedom that comes when you open yourself up to the earth and embrace nature. What better way to show this spiritual connection than sporting a flower crown and showing others that you are one with nature? Flower leis are also encouraged and have a similar effect.

There are other creative ways of covering your body to help get you in the mood to celebrate such as body paint or even capes. May Day is about convincing yourself that there is really nothing wrong with getting yourself out there and embracing the nature of both the world and each other, and if you want to do that fully naked, creatively naked, or with underwear on you should. If you’ve never celebrated and you’re afraid to be totally naked, underwear is acceptable even if your friends are telling you that it isn’t. Above all, having fun on May Day is what counts.

Matt Ridge

Elm Staff Writer

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Places To Study

DSC_0030Ready or not finals week is almost here! Are you ready for all your tests and papers? Either way you have a little bit of time until Monday to prepare yourself. As we all know the library can be quite packed during finals week. If you need to get out of your dorm to get some work done there are many other places to study.

The library is great because it puts one in the scholarly mood. Not to mention Sophie’s Café is close by to fuel you with plenty of coffee. If the library is too packed try Toll. It has a lot of seating in the atrium plus more private seating at the end of the hall on the second and third floors. Believe it or not but the dining hall is another great place to study during the day. In between the meal times it is pretty empty. You can grab some coffee and food while you study. The bottom of Hodson is also a great place because it has plenty of seating. Try studying in the bottom of the CAC! The couches are very comfortable so try not to fall asleep. The common room on your floor is great for getting in some quality studying with out having to venture out of your dorm. You can even grab a blanket and head out to the green. The fresh air and change of scenery will allow you to get work done. The gym is even a great place to study. Review your notes while you enjoy some cardio. It will make your workout go by quickly and make you want to focus so you can finish studying, finish your workout, and go take a nap.

It does not matter where you study or do work just as long as you get stuff done. After a long semester and countless test, projects, and papers it can be very difficult to focus. However, there is a little more than a week left so just tough it out. Summer break will be here soon!

Good luck and have a great break!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Packing For Break!

packed-carThe spring semester is finally coming to a close! With classes winding down, final exams being handed out, and theses being presented, we can almost taste the end. Only two more weeks! Finishing the semester means that we can pack up our dorm rooms and head home. This may sound like a daunting task, since we always seem to end up with a greater amount of possessions than we started with. Packing can be discouraging for some but here are some tips to get you on your way home soon!

  • Start early – Start organizing your things now. Packing slowly will minimize the amount of work you have to do on the day you move out. This way, you can take your time and do not have to stress about forgetting anything. You can also use this as a short study break.
  • Have a friend help you – It has been shown that men are better at packing cars than women. If you are a girl, have a guy friend help you pack your car! Friends are great for extra help carrying large objects such as refrigerators. They can also help speed up the process of packing your car.
  • Stay organized – This will be beneficial when you get home. If you keep your things organized when packing, you will know where everything is when you get home (not that unpacking is any easier).
  • Pack safely – Whether you have a quick drive home or a road trip planned, make sure everything is safely packed. Anything outside the car should be tied down securely and try to ensure that all lines of vision for the driver are clear.

Sierra Montuori

Staff Photographer

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Farewell Darnell Parker

Darnell ParkerDirector of Multicultural Affairs & Assistant Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator, Darnell Parker, will be leaving Washington College this summer. He will be accepting a new job as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Darnell Parker is a very familiar face seen around campus and he will be missed. Many students have been enrolled in his classes, which include the GRW: Race and Ethics Relations and the GRW: Race and Gender in Global Education. Many of us may have also had the pleasure of attending his discussions, often as floor activities for different dorms. All of his hard work has truly been felt on this campus and his absence will be noticed. Darnell Parker as done so much for Washington College and has made this community a stronger and more united place.

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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WACappella’s Spring Concert

WACappella1It is time for the WACappella spring concert! Our favorite WAC singers will serenade us with a medley of popular songs. The concert is a very entertaining! If you have never been to one or have some free time, I highly suggest attending. Members of WACappella have worked all semester to bring WAC a great concert. This group arranges their own songs, which can be very difficult. They put in long hours practicing to make sure they are ready to perform!

With a very energetic group of performers you are sure to be in for a show. This concert will feature popular songs including some indie favorites. Prepare to be swooned when WAC-a-fellas take the stage and perform their all male song. After that, the ladies will make you question your sexuality as they perform their own song. This sounds like it is going to be a great performance so make sure to attend.

It is the last weekend before the end of classes so make sure you take some time to relax, and the WACappella concert is the perfect place. You will be entertained and also feel included as they perform. This lively group will make you feel like you are a part of the show. There are athletes, Greek life, Peer Mentors, and even members of SEB in WACappella. With such a diverse group of singers everyone should feel welcome!

So get together with your friends and come out and support WACappella. The concert will be held in Hotchkiss Recital Hall on Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm and 7:30pm. Get there early so you can get good seat and enjoy the show!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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Spring Dance Recital

11149366_1095384460478390_404883636778416279_nAre you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Well you’re in luck! The Washington College Dance Club is presenting its annual Spring Dance Concert. This is a great opportunity to experience the arts in an entertaining way. Each year, the members of the dance club work hard to create a performance that showcases what they have learned. Members of the club come from all backgrounds of dance. Some have been dancing all their lives, while others are just starting to embark upon their dance journey.

The club and performance are entirely student-run. More experienced dancers teach weekly classes all year and even begin choreography for the spring show during the Fall semester. The dances range from hip hop, to musical theater, to classical ballet. Having a lot of variety adds more excitement to the performance. The show will also include two numbers from your favorite school dance team, ShoTroupe! Kendall Davis ’16, ShoTroupe captain and Dance Club member, said, “I’m really proud of the wide variety of styles that we have exhibited in this semester’s showcase!” There will be a number of large and small group dances, as well as solos performed by each senior dancer.

Come out and support your favorite dancers! They have worked very hard to perfect their technique and you will not be disappointed. The performances are Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2 pm. The club will also be selling flowers in the lobby and raffling off gift baskets as a fundraiser. Tickets are free!

Sierra Montouri

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Summer Break Is Right Around The Corner

Finals weekThe end of the semester is almost here! There are less than two weeks of classes left and then finals. Hopefully the end if the semester did not sneak up on you and you are prepared for all the work. It seems that most professors save all projects for the last two weeks, and it’s nearly impossible for a student to get everything done. Nevertheless, we shall prevail because summer is almost upon us. It’s time for warm weather, summer jobs, and family and friends. All we have to due is survive the hardest weeks of the semester. As easy as that sounds, we could all benefit from a few tips.

  1. The library will be very crowded so make sure to get there early to get a spot. If you want a study room it is important to have most of the members of your group present so you fit the minimum number of people allowed in the study room.
  2. Try studying by yourself or in a different location so you can get the most out of a study session. It is easy to lose focus when you have friends to talk to so put headphones on and do not let fun gossip distract you.
  3. Make use of the free time you have. Use the 10 minuets you have before class to get some extra studying in.
  4. Get enough sleep and remember to eat! Do not sacrifice these things to study because chances are the information you study will not stick any way. Also do not forget to eat properly. A bag of chips from Java George will not cut it!
  5. Finally, remember to take a break! Hang out with your friends at dinner, watch some Netflix, sit outside, and try to relax. After all it is the last few weeks before the semester ends and before the seniors go off and graduate. So make the most of it!

Hopefully you survive these last few weeks. We are almost done, so hang in there!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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