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Dear Hoskins Brothers,

It’ll be my first Carnival this week. What’s the big deal? Why is everyone so excited about it?

The Excitement’s Palpable, I’m Disturbed


Ah, Carnival, that magical time of year when Carnegie Mellon becomes a normal college. For the first time in six months, the sun is shining, it’s warm out, and people have smiles on their faces. Classes are canceled for half the week — and some teachers cancel a few more days. The Morewood parking lot is shut down and filled with booths — wooden structures with some games added in at the last minute.

Then there’s Buggy, where fraternities get to spend two minutes doing what they’ve spent hours practicing for, starting at 4 a.m., every Saturday morning. It’s the closest Carnegie Mellon has to a sporting event that anyone cares about. There are mobots — tiny robots students build to compete in a race. You get to watch 99 percent of them fail miserably. Plus, there are plays, lectures, musical shows, comedians, and more.

Everyone looks forward to Carnival. It’s so good that the University of Pittsburgh copied it and tried to show us up by having one last week.

Don’t forget the fireworks,

Patrick Hoskins

Dear Hoskins Brothers,

How am I supposed to concentrate in class when it’s so nice outside?

Stuck Inside Despite Everything

Dear SIDE,

Don’t. For the first time in six months, it’s beautiful outside. Step away from your computer, put that pencil down, and grab a Frisbee. Go outside and have some fun for a half hour. Skip a class or two and have fun — just make sure you don’t accidentally skip a test.

The first week it’s nice is the most surreal moment at Carnegie Mellon. Everyone is outside and happy, and there’s a sense of camaraderie. It’s like being in a movie about college life. You get to laugh at how uncoordinated everyone is when you watch a few CS majors tossing around a Frisbee. You can go outside without a coat. It’s a magical time of year at Carnegie Mellon.

But eventually, all of that passes. There are still many more people out there than before, but the moment’s passed. Embrace it while you can. Knowing Pittsburgh, it’ll be snowing/raining/overcast in a matter of days. Plus, exams are just a few weeks away.

Ditch class,
Brian Hoskins