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The Great Snowball Fight of 2015

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by kgravelin No Comments

Friday night marked the first snowfall of the year. And did it snow! Behemoth snowflakes suffocated campus in thick packing snow, and sometime around 11:30 PM, I got a text from one of my friends: “Head outside in 3 mins for a lightsaber duel. We at the mall.” Already warm in my bed relaxing after a day at my internship, I grumbled but still climbed out of my toasty cocoon to layer up to see this promised duel. I trudged outside to the center of campus to see utter mayhem: my friends smacking each other with lightsabers, the “Star Wars” theme blaring out of one of my friend’s phones, and snowballs flying in every direction all across the snowy expanse.

My friends take a break from fighting the good fight for a photo op.

See, it’s an Elmhurst College tradition for all students to assemble in the mall during the first substantial snow and have a snowball fight. This year was somehow my first year participating in this tradition and I had a great time! Since I had been in the city all day, I hadn’t seen any of my friends yet that day, so it was so much fun to run around in the snow with them and lob snowballs together, and occasionally at each other, and forget all our grown-up responsibilities.

The squad in front of Hammerschmidt Chapel

After we all became exhausted, we assembled at a campus house inhabited by a few members of the friend group and drank hot chocolate and talked for a couple hours. We joked around and reveled in the upcoming Thanksgiving break and commiserated about the week of Finals that was not too long to follow. Even though I initially had to convince myself to separate myself from the soft embrace of my blankets to join everyone outside, I am so glad that I did. Sometimes the best memories happen when you force yourself to leave your comfort zone, or at least your warm room.

Prettiest campus or PRETTIEST campus?

 

Milling About

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by kgravelin No Comments

As I have mentioned in the past, I have found my “home,” so to speak, at Elmhurst College’s Mill Theatre. I am a student worker at the costume shop and many of my friends are theatre majors. This season has been so much fun so far, let me give you a quick recap:

 

I had a great time working on the Mill Theatre’s first production of the year: Godspell.  It was a hilarious and fun show with a great cast who sang and danced their hearts out up there on stage. The props, costumes, sound, and the performances and hard work made by all involved resulted in a thoroughly enjoyable show. It included current references that helped make the show fresh and increased its relatability and further encouraged engagement from the audience.

Godspell cast selfie!

I will qualify that although I love the production itself, I do not agree with the anti-cell phone message embedded in aspects of the show. I believe the argument against cell phones and mobile internet is, at its core, misinformed and does not consider the many advantages afforded by further accessibility of the internet. Although I do agree it is annoying when someone is paying more attention to their phone than the conversation in front of them, there are many merits to having such quick and convenient access to internet mobility. It affords easy access to new information, convenient resources to communicate with others to coordinate events and meet ups with friends when everyone has busy schedules, not to mention its assistance in creating productive and interesting debates on social media platforms that would perhaps not exist if it were not for portable internet. And this “anti-cell phone” view has been used as a way for older generations to attack Generation Y as they try to perpetuate the myth that we are a lazy and self-entitled generation.

 

But I will once again underscore how much I enjoyed being a part of this show. As you can see from my rebuttal, it did create discourse and thought and challenged the audience to consider the positives and negatives of the way our society views different issues and how some of the lessons taught hundreds of years ago still largely apply to the how we think and act today.

 

As I write this, the first round of performances for the play “You Can’t Take It With You” has concluded. But worry not! There are four more performances left of this hilarious show with an amazing ensemble cast! So much goes on in this play that it’s hard to synthesize it down to a sentence or two, but I’ll try anyway: A young woman lives with her large eccentric family in New York City and, after falling in love with the straight-laced executive’s son at the company she works for, has to try to make her lovably crazy family appear somewhat normal in order to impress her new boyfriend’s parents. Naturally, hilarity and misunderstandings follow. Also included is a very Russian ballet instructor, disastrous word association games, a boozy dirty-limerick-reciting actress, and some sock garters crafted by yours truly. Go see it!

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If you look closely, you can see my reflection and the aggressively hipster outfit I was wearing that day.