Springfest offers students the chance to relieve stress before final week of classes

A Springfest from yesteryear- the students and entertainment change but the spirit remains the same. People enjoyed the weather and waited for the concert on Stine Lake. Photo Credit: www.unigo.com

A Springfest from yesteryear- the students and entertainment change but the spirit remains the same. People enjoyed the weather and waited for the concert on Stine Lake. Photo Credit: www.unigo.com

By Margarita Delgado, News Editor

Springfest, a time honored tradition at Gettysburg College, took place over the last weekend of April.

A three day extravaganza that officially starts on Thursday (though some might say Wednesday) and continues to Sunday, Springfest is the last time for students to have fun before the last weeks of classes and finals season starts up.

The theme this year was “In Springfest We Trust” and was embraced by students wearing the American flag as shirts and bandanas or simply carrying it with them. The annual student-designed t-shirt featured a cool looking Abraham Lincoln sporting shades in a penny shape with Springfest’s t h e m e emblazoned in white letters above him.

Springfest is planned, funded and executed by the Campus Activities Board, better known as and often shortened to CAB. CAB is made up of six different committees, each responsible for one aspect of the student organization that aims to give students a social outlet.

The Traditions Committee, chaired by senior Anna Baldasarre, is responsible for annual programming events on campus. Students can thank them for occasions such as Oceanfest in September, Snowball in the winter time and Springfest in April.

The Traditions Committee describes Springfest as “a three-day outside event in April, which brings concerts, foods and novelty items to the campus.”

Thursday’s events featured an opportunity for students to make crafts on Stine Lake followed by a screening of “Captain America”. Friday featured a student showcase at The Attic and a band, Basic Vacation, also at the Attic. Breaking from tradition, Midnight Madness was held on Friday night instead of its usual Saturday placement.

Saturday, considered the biggest day of the weekend, offered Servo lunch and other snacks in an area spanning from Musselman Library to the College Union Building.

There was a myriad of fun activities on Stine Lake like inflatable slides, novelty foods like Battlefield Fries and giveaways of Gettysburg College apparel and Springfest sunglasses.

The climax of planned activities was Sage the Gemini’s performance on Stine Lake. D J Beauty and the Beatz, a young performer, opened for him.

“WZBT had fun playing music during lulls in the concert,” said Jack Stott ‘15, events director for the campus radio station. “We wanted to have more time on campus during Springfest but we got rained out on Thursday. The rest of the weekend was beautiful and perfect weather for having fun with friends outdoors like at Stine Lake or by Quarry.”

The biggest complaint of the weekend from attendees was when the Host Provider station located in front of the Bullet Hole ran out of alcohol for appropriately aged students and alumni.

To provide input for next year’s Springfest or to offer some comments, please take the Springfest 2014 Survey that CAB has created. The survey can be found in recent Student Digest emails or by contacting members of CAB. Contributors are entered to win a prize.

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