Resist the temptation to be lame
Tomorrow will be a good day.
It will be, no matter how much you complain about how the bands suck, or whine about how much work you have to do, or go off to visit your friends at Penn because Spring Fling is soooo much cooler. Bacchanal will be great in spite of all. this. negativity.
Look, I don’t know who the hell the bands are either, but I don’t care. It’s supposed to be sunny and 70 degrees, it’s a free concert, right here, just for us, and Holi is in the morning. I, too, participate in the Columbia varsity sport of kvetching—and often enjoy it—but right now this campus needs to take a serious chill pill and have some freaking fun.
Because that’s what Bacchanal is about.
Columbia is an extremely stressful place. Finally we’ve started learning that it’s ok to voice that sentiment, and a real effort has been made this year to keep the dialogue going. But what is the point of talking about wellness if we never act on it? And what’s the point of highlighting all of the attitudes that need to change if we don’t stop to recognize and take advantage of the positive things already happening around us?
Bacchanal is the one chance our entire community has to come together for the sole purpose of debauchery. It is the one time all year where we can take a collective sigh of relief and enjoy ourselves. It’s not about the music, or whether it’s on the Steps or South Lawn. It, unlike so many aspects of our lives, is not a competition between other schools or other students.
And it exists only because we allow it to remain that way. As soon as it becomes just another Saturday, just one less day before finals, just another New York concert no one cares about—that’s when we miss our opportunity. That’s when we defeat ourselves and allow the worst aspects of our tradition and ourselves to destroy one of the best.
So whatever you do, don’t go to Butler during Bacchanal. Don’t sit in your room, like a toddler throwing a tantrum, and listen to the bands you wished they’d booked. And don’t, when you know very well that you will be drunk on the Steps all afternoon, simply contribute to the negativity by loudly proclaiming to everyone within earshot how you will do these terrible things.
Just go. And have fun. With your friends, and with all of Columbia. Why was this ever questioned?
Grace Bickers is a Columbia College sophomore and Spec’s deputy editorial page editor. She’s quite excited about her class schedule next semester, but alas, still couldn’t get into Art Hum.
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