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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Illuminations

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Smith Sign at Illuminations
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Smith always illuminates the campus when special events happen. This year we got it twice -- once for the inauguration of our new president, and once for the night before commencement.

Ivy Day turns into Illumination Night when the sun goes down. Campus is lined and lighted with colorful paper lanterns, the seniors each light a candle, and countdown the seconds until the class sign is lit. It's an awful lot like New Year's Eve, though it usually has much nicer weather.

Afterwards, we wandered through the lights, listening to the a capella groups singing and the jazz band playing on the steps of the campus center. I elected not to be "pushed" off the steps of Neilson Library -- upon seeing the line and crowds of people, it seemed like a tradition I wouldn't mind missing out on. Besides, I've been doing a decent job of pushing myself into the real world without the help of singing sophomores (sorry Erika!).

We didn't stay long at Illumination Night. I hadn't slept all that well the night before and was ready to crash by 9:00. I would have, too, if I didn't need to wait for James to come home from Poughkeepsie. I passed the time by packing a little more and trying not to fall asleep in front of Netflix. Somehow I made it, although I hit the sack as soon as I knew he was back safe!

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