What a great week!
We are in the midst of a hugely exciting week here on the Hill. Seriously. There is so much going on that it is, in fact, one of the biggest weeks of the year for not one, not two, not three, but four major clubs on campus.
The Pugh Community Board (PCB) is hosting S.H.O.U.T. weekend (Speaking Hearing Opening Up Together), with keynote speaker Spike Lee coming to speak in the Lorimer Chapel on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. If you did not get a ticket, there will be live feed in Lovejoy, Pugh and LoPo. Come to Pulver after the lecture for a meet and greet with the highly acclaimed director. The rest of the week is filled with other multicultural events, and we at the Echo couldn’t be more excited. See a complete schedule on page three.
Meanwhile, the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Student Programming Board (SPB)—as well as many other campus clubs—have been collaborating to put together one of their biggest weekends of the year: Winter Carnival, a Colby tradition. From a chili cook-off to a Dana Beer and Wine Night to a pig roast to several nights of drink specials in the Marchese Blue Light Pub, all of our culinary needs should be satisfied. Beyond that, we have a Winter Formal to look forward to on Saturday, Feb. 25. This is just a teaser; there are many more events that have been designed to bring us all together as a community.
To top it off, the Colby-Waterville Alliance is hosting its Burst the Bubble week, sponsoring events to encourage students to be more involved in the community and support local businesses. On Friday, several Waterville restaurants will offer discounts to pairs of Colby kids for the first annual Colby Date Night. Even if you don’t have a “date,” grab a friend.
But how are we to decide which events to attend? And even if students can move seamlessly between their preferred activities, when are they supposed to call it quits in favor of Miller Library? The first round of midterms is fast-approaching, but clubs across the board promise this weekend will be worth it.
We are not suggesting that students cannot manage their time nor that they are incapable of making choices or sacrifices for one event over another. But why are three of the most exciting weeks of the year—as far as student activities go—scheduled at the same time? On a tiny campus atop a Hill, where students complain of boredom and the lack of organized weekend events, this is our chance to really embrace these opportunities. Perhaps in the future, however, major campus groups could communicate better among themselves to ensure that they are spacing events in order to provide jam-packed weekends throughout the semester.
-The Staff of the Colby Echo