Winter Carnival!

Hey all. This past week, Batesies celebrated Winter Carnival. Winter Carnival is more-or-less a week-long extravaganza that celebrates the awesomeness of winter. There are indoor and outdoor events throughout the week as Bates students, faculty and staff come together to unite in our love of the cold and snowy weather.

The events this year included laser tag, family fun and inflatables (jumping around in a moon bounce is still fun when you are 22-years old), big prize bingo (prizes included an ipad, ihome, digital camera, etc.), performances from the school a capella groups, a free concert from up-and-coming rapper Tayyib Ali, a late night breakfast (who doesn’t love pancakes, bacon and eggs at midnight on a cold night?), a 90s dance and, of course, the infamous Bates Puddle Jump (a hole is cut in the thick ice of the campus lake and Batesies jump into the freezing water).

I went to almost all of the events this year. I figured it was my last chance to experience a Bates Winter Carnival and I had to make the most of it. I did not partake in the Puddle Jump this year as I did sophomore year. I figured once was enough.

Check out this video of the puddle jump from last year:

The Lewiston Sun Journal, the local newspaper, also covered this year’s Puddle Jump. Read about it, see pictures and watch a video here.

Here’s a video of Tayyib Ali, the rapper who came to Bates. His concert was a lot of fun. He’s only 18-years old, but he sure knew how to get a college campus rocking:

Finally, here are some photos of me and my friends skating on the lake a few days before the Puddle Jump:

No one celebrates winter quite like Bates students. Until next time…

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