Spring has sprung in Scranton and our community has taken advantage of the warmer weather, lounging on the Dionne Green and studying under purple umbrellas. The community also came together to celebrate Holi, or the “Festival of Colors.” Read on to learn more about the tradition and other events that took place this week.
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Spring has Sprung with Flying Colors
By: Jessica Perillo
The Dionne Green was filled flying colors on Friday.
To celebrate the coming of spring, students, faculty and staff gathered on the Green to celebrate the 5th annual Holi Festival, also known as the “Festival of Colors.” This spring festival is a Hindu tradition originally celebrated in India, which symbolizes the triumph of good over evil according to Hindu mythology. It traditionally marked the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
More than 100 participants came together to throw colored powered in the air (and at each other). Participants also enjoyed music and authentic Indian food.
“I thought Holi was a really fun and exciting way to experience another culture! It genuinely seemed like everyone loved participating in it and obviously did not care about getting paint all over them!” Meghan Campbell ’16 said.
The event was co-sponsored by the Asia Club, the Multicultural Center and the Asian Studies Department.
To see more pictures from the event, click here!
Environmental Bike Tour
By: Michele Schulmeister
This past Saturday, the University teamed up with the University Bike Share Program and the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Association (LVHA) to host an Environmental Bike Tour.
Participants traveled throughout the city of Scranton, from the Loyola Science Center to the Lackawanna Valley Heritage Trail, to Poplar Street by Scranton Prep High School, past a Passive Home on Pine Street, through the Hill Section up to Nay Aug Park and, finally, returned back to campus at Linden Street.
At Nay Aug park, participants rode near Roaring Brook Falls, the Tree House and the Green House project before returning to campus. Riders used the BikeScranton bike share bikes.
“The most important aspect of this tour was to raise awareness about the usefulness of biking for pleasure and transportation,” said Mark Murphy, director of sustainability at Scranton. “Showing students that in a very close proximity of our campus, there are some very beautiful natural resources. We are hoping to have a few organized bike rides each semester.”
For those who missed the Bike Tour, there are still plenty of Earth Week events to participate in! Check out the list here!
Midnight Field Day
By: Jessica Perillo and Michele Schulmeister
Many Scranton students were able to relive some of their favorite childhood memories this past Saturday night at Midnight Field Day in which students had the opportunity to play some of their favorite glory day games, such as tug of war, potato sack races, Knock ’Em Sock ’Em and more, as they competed for prizes. They also enjoyed music and a free nacho bar.
“My favorite part was watching the pie eating contest,” said student Gianna Bova. “People really got into it! It was great to see friends and strangers smile and laugh over something as simple as pans of aluminum and whip cream.”
The event was sponsored by USPB, the Office of Residence Life and the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA).
To see more photos, click here.
Spring Fever on Instagram!
What happens when spring finally comes around? We take it outside! We’ve been loving all of the spring campus shots we see on Instagram, so keep them coming! Don’t forget to tag us (@universityofscranton #universityofscranton #ScrantonSpring) so we can see how you’re enjoying the warm weather. Here are some of our favorites:
Top row, middle: @clearlyrob
Top row, right: @mini_miaaa
Bottom row, left: @living_behind_the_lens
Bottom row, right: @jkbphotography223