After possibly the longest winter ever (at least for freshmen from the South who had no idea what they were getting themselves into), the Canadian Geese have finally returned to closets across campus. As we begin Week Eight, I’m here to remind you that even when the end of classes feel like too much to bear, we have gorgeous flowers beginning to show their faces all over campus again. Here’s some of the beautiful spots on campus when you need a break in the next few weeks.
During a dress rehearsal for this year's Waa-Mu show, currently running at Cahn Auditorium this weekend, actors took the stage as soon as the orchestra tuned their instruments. Colorful costumes of 19th-century New York City brightened up the stage, as the cast twirled, flipped and jumped their way through the rehearsal. Bright lights gave only a glimpse of a spectacle taking place in Cahn auditorium through May 13. Buy tickets through the Wirtz Center box office.
Tango, salsa and swing!
BLAST – or Northwestern University's Ballroom Latin and Swing Team – took the stage Friday with Kaleidoscope, a themed performance of these three dances. Featuring over 20 first-year dancers, it was the group's biggest show to date.
The show's main focus? Color. Whether from The Wizard of Oz or a bag of skittles, show director Sydney Marcus said rainbows have left their marks on the lives of the dancers – and that something as simple as a pop of color can turn anyone's day around.
"We chose Kaleidoscope as the name because it's not just about the rainbow," Marcus said. "It's about seeing each other, seeing someone’s colors, seeing someone emote through dance and the best way I saw to bring that to life was through color."
As flowers start to bloom and green emerges from the prolonged gray of winter, the theme of growth was in the air as green-thumbed students and community members gathered this Arbor Day. SustainNU hosted a tree planting event Friday to commemorate the holiday, celebrated every year on the last Friday of April. Staff from facilities management helped lead students and community members as they worked to plant trees in places where construction had taken some out. The first session planted eight trees next to the bike lane in front of Lunt Hall, and the second planted five in the grove between Main Library and Cresap Hall.
Last Friday, NU Nights sponsored the Northwestern figure skating spring show by providing free tickets and transportation to students. The show took place at the Robert Crown Ice Center, and featured the Purple Line synchronized skating team as well as skaters from the community. After the show, students who had come with NU Nights were able to participate in a free skate at the center.
This weekend, Northwestern hosted admitted students in the midst of deciding on a university by the May 1 commitment deadline. I went around campus and asked these prospies why they are considering Northwestern in their college search.
Joanne Phan, 18
“The main reason at first was the prestige. I’ve swam here since I was like 8 years old. I’ve had many competitions here so I’ve always been familiar with the campus and it’s beautiful. I guess that’s where my interest started. Then my parents were like, ‘Oh my god, it’s beautiful, it’s close to home, it’s perfect.’ So, here I am.”
Omari Benjamin, 18
“[It’s] really for the opportunities, I could tell that the people here cared not just about academics but also about applying academics or just generally following their passions. And being by the water was important to me.”
Brett Fafata, 20
“I was interested in Northwestern because of ...
“We come to Tech and we just run it like nobody’s business until it’s perfect,” said Connor O’Doherty, Fusion’s Artistic Director.
Fusion Dance Company, Northwestern University’s premier hip-hop dance company, has been practicing for their annual spring showcase since the start of Winter Quarter. The performance features pieces ranging from contemporary to breakdancing.
When asked to describe the preparations, Grant Hou, a senior in the company said, “It’s always a fun but hard experience. We have rehearsal six hours a day, everyday.”
They’ve titled this year’s show Fusion Photobook as it looks into Fusion’s favorite moments growing up, as well as some memories that resonate with many college students.
Dancer Hillary Tumbali believes that the hard work is worth it. “We have fun putting on a show and people have time watching it.”
Laughs and excitement filled the room as the Northwestern Speech Team held their Nationals Showcase on Wednesday. The Speech Team is a competitive public speaking club that competes all over the Midwest and around the East coast. The members create different performance pieces that fall into 12 to 14 different public speaking events, including rehearsed persuasive, informative and comedy speeches, as well as limited preparation, in which the performance is created in a limited amount of time.
The team is now headed to their final tournament of the season, the National Forensic Association’s National Tournament. The members are particularly excited because they consider nationals the culmination of all the hard work that they’ve been doing over the past academic year.
“It’s always so fun because it’s like a big party of people we know across the circuit showcasing the awesome work they’re doing,” McCormick senior Emma McDonnell said ...
For the final block, dancers donned matching shirts to dance till the end. NBN was there for it all.
Block 9, as it does every year, commemorated students for their hour clubs and featured an appearance from Morty. Check out what NBN captured.
Sandstorm, sponsored by Tinder? It's easier to explain Block 8 in photos.
Were the "NU Kids on the Block" outfits supposed to look different from the "It's Britney, Block" outfits? Who knows. Regardless, NBN captured what went down in the tent during Block 7.
DM reached even further back than the 2000s for the throwback "Hot Tent Time Machine" block. NBN caught all the action of Block 5, coming up on the halfway mark.