8 Infamous College Traditions: Part II

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August brings sandal sales, back-to-school shopping, premature nostalgia for those warm July nights—and the start of another year of college traditions. We already brought you eight of the most infamous college traditions, but it turns out there are eight more equally legendary college customs. Wherever you're headed this fall, it's time to get excited for the best campus gatherings, parties, festivals, and troublemaking...
 
University of Colorado Boulder: 4/20
At Boulder, 4/20 is less of a tradition and more of a religion. On April 20th (4/20), over 10,000 students (and locals and out-of-towners…) gather in Norlin Quad to take a communal puff of marijuana at 4:20 pm.  The reason for the celebration? We think it’s a three-way tie between protesting legalization, relaxing before finals, and getting some use out of the tie-dye shirts in the backs of closets.  You have to admit, getting thousands of people to smoke pot at the same time and in the same location is impressive. Even for Colorado students. 

Northwestern: Dilo Day
In the annual culmination of a month of spring ruckus-making, Northwestern's Dilo Day turns a Saturday on the Chicago lakefront into a concert-turned-party worthy of national recognition. Short for Armadillo Day--don't ask, I don't understand the name either--the Dilo festivities include a concert lineup that has recently featured A-list headliners like Regina Spektor, Guster, Nelly, Ben Folds, and The Roots.  Local bands, free food, and a “state school for a day” mentality send NU students off to their summer vacations (and by ‘vacations’ we mean internships) with a bang.  And who said Northwestern was the boring Big 10?!

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Rachel Peck is a senior at Barnard College, Class of 2012, where she is majoring in English and Theatre and minoring in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Although she admits to actually enjoying high school in her hometown of Bexley, OH, her favorite thing to do is explore her new--slightly more exciting--home, New York City. When she isn't watching good (and bad...) TV, finding excuses to plan dinner with friends, window shopping, or napping, Rachel enjoys working for the Barnard admissions office, serving on her sorority's various boards, and writing for whoever will read it.  You can also follow her on Twitter (@peckrachel) if you're into that.