The Program Board deserves praise for staging another successful Spring Fling – one of GW’s few authentic traditions. With music, free food, giveaways and activities including a moonwalk, dunk tank and laser tag, Spring Fling offered needed respite to students as final exams near.
Unlike past failures such as the Blues Traveler concert at the Smith Center, students seemed enthusiastic about this year’s main act, The Bloodhound Gang. With its wild antics, the band entertained a large crowd on H Street and closed with its hit single, The Bad Touch, to a resounding ovation. Several GW bands also received the opportunity to perform in front of fellow students, giving the event a much-needed local flavor.
Student Association President-elect David Burt was a good sport, allowing students the chance to plunge him into a dunking booth. After a rain-out Thursday, the Chalk-In went well, with brightly colored chalk covering much of H Street by the end of the day.
The change of venue, from the Quad last year to H Street and Kogan Plaza this year, was a good idea overall. The bands were situated on H Street between the Marvin Center and Lisner Auditorium, making for excellent acoustics and an intimate atmosphere. Some Crawford Hall late-sleeping residents and students attempting to study in Gelman Library might disagree because of their proximity to the event, but they are clearly in the minority.
Unfortunately, the giveaways, which included T-shirts and other items, ran out early in the afternoon. In the future, PB would be wise to order enough giveaway items to satisfy the high number of students in attendance.
While Jimmy Pop, The Bloodhound Gang’s lead singer, facetiously told the crowd that they were witnessing (their) student activities fees go to waste, the truth was certainly the opposite. Spring Fling stands as an excellent example of how student activities fees should be put to use.
PB deserves credit for keeping the GW tradition of Spring Fling alive and well.