Apr

12

The Life of Relay

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There’s a lot of talk about  Columbia students being too fortunate for our own good.   That may or may not be true.  But  there is no question, we got lucky today.  Columbia students could not have asked for a more ideal afternoon for Relay for Life.  The event began at noon and will continue until three am Sunday morning.

Throughout the afternoon there have been numerous performances to pass the time and keep the volunteers and teams entertained.   Just after Jenny Saldana’s opening comments, emcees Michael Molina and Colin Drummond introduced the first act.  Starting the event off on just the right foot, the Onyx dance team moved across the stage erected in the middle of College Walk with their signature hip hop rhythm.  At five o’clock, the Nick Joseph Band gave a more sedate performance that channeled Jack Johnson more than any hip hop performer.  Despite the host of musical guests scheduled to perform throughout the event, the music seems to have taken the backseat to socializing and the afternoon sunlight.

Students continue to walk around the lawns in small groups as they chat and sip at bubble tea.  The walkers maintain a nice moseying pace and provide a leisurely complement to the intense exertion of the numerous of bare-chested hunks playing ultimate on the lawn.  Others volunteers and team members  pursue even more leisurely activities and lounge on the steps.  Although these participants may be refueling from their respective legs of the race, they’re certainly not munching on Powerbars. Thankfully sponsors donated a spread of savory and sweet goods – from Mexican food to cupcakes. 

Sitting on the steps this afternoon, it’s hard to imagine how Columbia students could have made it through all those dreary winter afternoons spent in Butler – but we did it! We really made it! Spring is here.  And what better way to welcome the season than with this campus-wide charity event?

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14 Comments

  1. el dude

    Seems like I chose the wrong weekend to go home, lots of stuff going on

  2. lebowski  

    I've spent all day inside, but not by choice...it may be spring, but it's also research paper season. fuck my life

  3. made in the 80s  

    those two in the first picture are hotties.

    and on my relay team. holler.

  4. Why?  

    Most Relays I've participated in have a much longer timeline. As in starting @ noon or early afternoon and going until mid morning or even noon the following day. Just wondering Columbia's is shorter? Does it have anything to do with the wonderfully safe precinct we live in?

    • Columbia's Relay  

      goes from noon until 3 am, I think Bwog was just commenting on the afternoon part of it. I just left from the closing ceremonies.

    • actually

      I don't think the CU Relay has a shorter timeline, just an adjusted one. Most Relays I've been to start between 4pm and 6pm and go until 9 or 10 in the morning, it's more of an up all night kind of thing. But people usually bring tents and camp out and stuff, and I don't think that setup would work as well at Columbia, hence why it's noon to three am.

    • hmm  

      It takes place on campus. I don't really know anyone who feels unsafe in the middle of campus (especially when there is a large event going on with a lot of people).

    • cc08  

      it was an all-night event my freshman year and maybe less than a dozen people were actually there at the end. it's my understanding that the organizers decided it would be more accessible and more well-attended if it ended earlier, without compromising the meaning and goals of the event. also, there might be noise issues after 3am.

  5. relay  

    most of the relays in manhattan are only for 15 hours - nothing says they have to be 24 hours, its more dependent on where they are. since some places can have better camping and tents set up they go overnight.

  6. yeah and  

    the event freshman year (spring of 05) was still only 15 hours. It started at 4 pm and ended at 7am

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