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You gotta Regatta

| Friday, April 25, 2014

Did you have your fill of dorm events after you consumed your weight in cinnamon rolls at the Lewis Hall of Pancakes? Did you laugh your last at the final joke of the Keenan Revue? Did you join the freshman girls at the Dillon Hall pep rally?

After all of this, did you find yourself wishing: isn’t there something more?  Let me tell you about a conversation I overheard that might answer this question.
I observed two people strolling along South Quad the other day. One asked the other, “What’s the Fisher Regatta?” The other’s response to this inquiry is the only possible response for someone who has experienced the Regatta: “What is life?”

Have you ever wanted to do something awesome? If your answer is yes, keep reading and clear the area around you of anything fragile because you just might start throwing things in joyous celebration. If you and I have the same definition of awesome, then awesome means celebrating the spring sunshine and sending winter packing in the most righteous way possible.

How else could one do this except by paddling a boat/floatable device across St. Mary’s Lake, eating free burgers and having a radical outdoor shindig? Luckily for everyone at Notre Dame, there is an upcoming event with this exact description, and it is the Fisher Regatta.

The Regatta puts all the other dorm events to shame. If you don’t believe me and think I’m just some random sophomore who has no idea what he’s talking about, I’d like you to ponder the fact that the Regatta has been named one of ESPN’s top 100 college campus events. If you still don’t believe ESPN and me, ask any nearby upperclassman, “Hey, did you go to the Fisher Regatta last year?” and watch as a wide grin spreads across his face. Why is he grinning with pleasure? Simply because at no other time will you be able to chill with a bunch of your friends in the afternoon, eating burgers and dancing to music while watching people aboard an inflatable kiddie pool submerge into a lake.

Do you even need more convincing that this is the dorm event to top all dorm events?

The temperature, like our spirits, is rising, so it would behoove you to shelve those sweatpants and that winter coat and replace them with a bro tank and colored shorts. Your mom wants me to remind you that you need to put on that expired sunblock and those sunglasses that have been gathering dust, in preparation for the dorm event of all dorm events on April 26.

Echoing the words of AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, Fisher Hall would like to say, “For those about to [Regatta], we salute you.”

Billy Cheely
sophomore
April 24

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