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By Jeremy Levine

Well. After the enormous kerfuffle that happened earlier this year, Spree Day 2013 was a normal Spree Day. The sun shone, there was music, and we all got that zeal that we expect out of our annual spring festival.

Spree Day, although it is one of the biggest events of the year, is perhaps best when it feels uneventful. Since we all go into the day expecting a stress-free environment, fun, and food that is beyond unhealthy, when we get that, we aren’t surprised, and it doesn’t feel newsworthy. When something goes wrong, which it did not, thankfully, then we all get upset.

This year’s Spree Day chairs, Sally Isabella and Sami Noorzadeh, took the daunting task of planning this year’s events in the wake of this winter’s brouhaha, and they brought us a Spree Day that fulfilled expectations. Bringing a little of the surprise element back into things was appreciated (with the performer being kept a secret until the last possible moment).

I’m still interested, however, in thinking about reigning in Spree Day on an official level. All that Clarkies really need for Spree Day is a day off from class, nice weather, and a barbecue. Spending so much money on one day still seems indulgent and unnecessary, especially when Clark students can make their own fun for less money. We have never felt like the school who splurges on one day.

The best stories from Spree Days don’t come from the performances or the carnival, but from people spending time with their friends and the shenanigans that ensue. So while this Spree Day was good and worked, I wonder if we could have gotten the very same result with far fewer headaches and far fewer dollars spent.

To view images from Spree Day 2013, click here.

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