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Carving into Pumpkin Fest 2012
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Left: Students begin carving their pumpkins during Pumpkin Lobotomy. Right: One student grabs a handful on pumpkin guts to begin carving.
Rain doesn't stop students from carving creations MICHELLE BERTHIAUME
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Keene Â community Â enjoys Â annual Â 'fun Â run' LYNDSAY KRISEL
and you also have several people on campus for lobotomy, so whatâ€™s a twenty minute run to throw into the mix,â€? Andrews continued. In light of the anticipated turnout, the run seems to promote school spirit, and brings camaraderie amongst students and staff at Keene State. It typically has quite a few volunteer staff members as well, who help with the little extras of the organized occasion, and some of those volunteering students talked a little about why it is so favorable. A 5K event is perfect because it isnâ€™t as competitive, and more people are prone to participate knowing that it is just for fun.â€? Whilst all of that is factually true, many people just love a good, competitive run where they can be timed and shoot for a VSHFLĂ€FJRDOVRZLWKDOLWWOHFKDOOHQJHDQG some good, clean fun, the 2012 Pumpkin Fun Run has recently been postponed, and will aim to take place on Friday, October 26th.
EQUINOX STAFF Each year, Keene State College Athletics hosts an Annual 5k Pumpkin Fun Run, in the midst of other fall activities, to energize students and give them an opportunity to participate in an event, other than their regular, mundane, weekend behaviors. The fun run/walk was originally designed to allow a group of Keene State College students or faculty, to get together while staying active, and over the past seven years there has been quite a large turnout. Signups each year include over 175 participants, with a free t-shirt given to the PDMRULW\ RI WKRVH ZKR Ă€QLVK Ă€UVW DQG QRW many college students would pass up that opportunity. Some people do it for the challenge, others for pure enjoyment; nevertheless it has been a great way to unite our campus together. Lynne Andrews, of the Keene State Recreation department explained that the idea IRUD.ZDVĂ€UVWKHDUGRILQDVXUYH\JLYHQ to students and faculty, regarding other activities that could be organized by the athletic department. â€œWe sent out a survey to students, and
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Finding a needle in a pumpkin patch RYAN GLAVEY
ADMINISTRATIVE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
RYAN GLAVEY / ADMINISTRATIVE EXECUTIVE EDITOR
Pumpkin carved by Ryan Glavey (Above). Photos below of various pumpkins featured in the Keene Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 20, 2012.
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With the all-too-predictable rainy weather, the L.P. Young Student Center lawn was covered with pumpkins for the annual Keene State College Pumpkin Lobotomy. I sifted through the array of tall, short, small, large, traditional orange or even green pumpkins for the one I would carve for the Keene Pumpkin Fest. This year’s batch was already thoroughly picked through before I got to the student center, but after a few minutes of searching I found my subject. I found a short, fat pumpkin that had a lot of dirt on it, but I saw its potential and took it home to carve. Picking the pumpkin was the easy part, but then came step two: deciding on a design. I’m far from the most artistic sculptor, but I wanted to do something a little more creative this year. I considered a few possibilities as I cleaned out the pumpkin guts. I chose the traditional route to carving this year, with nothing more than a steak knife and a large spoon for scooping out the pumpkin. I decided it would be appropriate to carve The Equinox as my design, to represent the paper at the festival. Unfortunately, after only a few minutes of the meticulous work I realized I did not have the patience or ability for intricate letterwork. I had already started however, so I did my best to adjust my plans to salvage my pumpkin. I opted for a more traditional jacko-lantern design. With a pair of rectangular eyes, a triangle nose and a goofy smile with a couple of teeth my contribution to Pumpkin Fest was complete. I carried the orange face into the fray of downtown Keene in full swing with the weekend festivities. I left my work with the rest of the delivered pumpkins and left to later return for the lighting of the jack-o-lanterns. The festival did not disappoint, like every year there was bevy of unique and creative designs WR VHDUFK WKURXJK WR ÀQG P\ FUHation. There were several carvings that caught my eye, from a wellcrafted dragon, words spelled out in a row of pumpkins, to a sea of brightly-lit goofy faces. I made my way through the KRUGHVRIYLVLWRUVÀOOLQJWKHVWUHHWV of Keene. Main Street was littered with all manner of pumpkins, KRZ ZDV , JRLQJ WR ÀQG PLQH" , searched through the stands up the street. My journey brought me to the town square and the giant pumpkin marking the epicen-
ter of the Pumpkin Fest. My hunt through the pumpkins at the center of town left me empty handed and, still not any closer to being reunited with my creation. As I made my way back down the other side of the pumpkin-lined road, I grew distraught. At this point I assumed I had simply overlooked my pumpkin a long time ago, and was searching in vain through the remaining bunch. I became less and less vigilant looking through the seemingly endless rows of pumpkins, assuming I’d never ÀQGP\SXPSNLQ Then, I saw it. To my amazement there it was, almost at the
end of the street, as if waiting for me at the conclusion of my journey through Pumpkin Fest 2012. My pumpkin’s gaping mouth let out a large amount of candlelight, helping it stand out amongst a rather dim sections of the strip. I rejoiced at my accomplishment, and admired my pumpkin amongst its festival companions. I took one last photo of the glowing jack-o’-lantern before heading home, leaving my pumpkin to its fate amongst its numerous orange brethren. Ryan Glavey can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pumpkin Â patch Â production BRITTANY BALLANTYNE
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR
Hundreds of pumpkins lined Main Street each Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 20 this year. But a pumpkin's journey to the festival actually begins the previous spring, deep in the ground before it makes its debut months later. â€œThe process begins the year before. The farmers are looking at what people are asking for,â€? George Hamilton of the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, said. Hamilton said â€œAs a whole, I would say this is a good average year for the yieldâ€? which was proven by the abundance of jack-oâ€™-lanterns that lined Main Street on shelves, sidewalks and scaffolding. He said one of the concerns farmers have is making sure they have enough of select varieties for their buyers. Multiple farms are suppliers for C&S Wholesale Grocers, a company that donated more than 6,700 pumpkins to the festival, according to Patterson Farm's Cynthia Roberts. Student Body President, Katelyn Williams, said the Keene State College Pumpkin Lobotomy alone calls for 1,800 pumpkins from Gladstone Farm in Vermont, which are purchased by Sodexo. â€œThere's different sizes of pumpkins because you can get baking pumpkins, you can get carving pumpkins, there's also a couple different varieties of pumpkins,â€? Richard Aldrich, pumpkin farmer of the 1780 )DUPORFDWHGLQ&KHVWHUĂ€HOG1+VDLG+HDGGHGWKH At this year's P umpkin Fest ival, C&S Who most popular pumpkin type is the traditional carvlesale Groce rs donated m BR IAN CA NT h a i l ing pumpkin. ore than 6,70 OR E / EQ UI NOX STAF F 0 pumpkins Hamilton said during winter months, farmers make a storm destroyed many of to the event. weat hdecision on what varieties of crops to plant to determine in the plants and fruits at farms this year. Aldrich spoke about the consequences of a season er. He also said this year was WKHVSULQJZKLFKĂ€HOGVWKH\ZLOOEHSODQWHGLQ He said other factors a farmer can control are how much where it rains through the blooming period. This prevents an earlier spring, which contributes to having a longer, later, pumpkin season. bees from getting out to pollinate blooms that do occur. IHUWLOL]HUWRXVHDQGKRZDQGZKHQWRJHWWKHĂ€HOGUHDG\ â€œEach year is a year onto itself. We [farmers] always joke â€œPollination is really important. Sixty percent of the food The weather, however, is beyond a farmerâ€™s control. when we say 'I wish we had a normal year' and that's been â€œWe can have it just rain right through the whole season, we we eat requires pollination of some sort at least,â€? he said. :KLOH VRPH EXJV DUH EHQHĂ€FLDO WR WKH SODQWV RWKHUV truthful lately because either we have a short growing seahad that last year. We had so much rain we had no pumpare harmful. Hamilton said farmers have to monitor crops son or we have a long growing season,â€? he said. kins,â€? Aldrich said. Aldrich praised this crop season when comparing â€œMother Nature really likes to throw curves in the grow- during the season to keep an eye out for invading insects. ing season,â€? Hamilton said. He explained that with thun- One of these bugs is known as the â€œstrike cucumber bee- it to the past year. He said last year very few squash of any derstorms and rain patterns, one town might be affected tle.â€? When such insects invade, farmers implement various kind came into full form, however this year was the oppostrategies to prevent bugs from laying eggs that will later site. while another town might not be. â€œYou'll drive by the places that are selling pumpkins, â€œI could have a farm in one town receive a thunderstorm bore through the plant. Aldrich said, â€œInitially what we do is you're going to see a lot of green pumpkins out there which where just down the road a quarter of a mile they didn't recover them [pumpkins] with we haven't seen in the past,â€? he said. ceive it,â€? Hamilton said. He said in the Keene area Normally, there is a 50 percent chance of a frost on Sept. a fabric that lets the sun and and especially in Walpole, N.H., water through but not the 19 but, â€œeach year we have to adjust what we're doing aca severe cording to that growing season,â€? Hamilton said. bugs in.â€? When asked why he chooses to farm, Aldrich said, â€œWe He mentioned another invader called the â€œsquash think that it is necessary for us to get back to basics when it bug.â€? Although the bug comes to our food supply.â€? Aldrich began farming with his wife four years ago and smells like candy when caught, according to Al- now his farm is a total of 35 acres. â€œThe entire New Engdrich, it will decimate a land area has a three day supply of food and if for some young squash plant or reason we were shut off from the outside world, we would run out of food in three days,â€? he said. pumpkin. Aside from farming for his own food and inHe said farmers, including himself, will come, Aldrich said a huge part of his job is now about protect the plant until education.â€œWe're teaching the next generation what real LW V Ă€YH WR VL[ PRQWKV food looks like, how to eat in season, buying local,â€? he said. Hamilton added, â€œregardless of what happens, go out old, or â€œbeyond the baby leaves,â€? but and support your local farmers.â€? â€œthen it's on its own.â€? 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Playing Â it Â safe Â this Â festival Â weekend PAMELA BUMP
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This weekend Campus Safety and the Keene Police Department made sure to educate students and the community on how to regulate registered parties and noise levels.
KPD on campus as the KPD has to manage the rest of the littered with smashed pumpkins and trash by midnight city.â€? Corbett said, â€œTwo of the biggest issues we see usu- than in previous years, where people often smashed left DOO\LQYROYHFURZGLQJDQGWKHLQĂ XHQFHRIDOFRKROÂľ over pumpkins on the ground. Police vehicles also kept Corbett continued, â€œThere will be no sobriety check- watch on Main Street as a contest to clean up the street SRLQWVÂľ EXW WKHUH ZRXOG EH RQH WR WZR .3' RIĂ€FHUV RQ took place. each major street to oversee the festivities. Corbett said, Although the KPD and Campus Safety are enforcing Â´:HKDYHWKHRIĂ€FHUVVSUHDGRXWDOORYHUWRRYHUVHHWKLQJVÂľ rules, both Corbett and Warman both said that they were &RUEHWW DGGHG Â´:H KRSH WKDW ZLOO LQĂ XHQFH SHRSOH LQ D for the best interest of the people. positive way.â€? Warman said that besides the usual incidents often inThe Keene Police Department has also been in volving noise or alcohol on campus, nothing unexpected touch with houses that have registered parties in advance. has happened in recent years' Pumpkin Fest. Warman said, 7KHRIĂ€FHUVDW.3'UHTXHVWHGIRUWKHUHJLVWHUHGSDUW\KRXV- â€œItâ€™s just a really busy time, but we want people to be safe HVWRTXLHWDQGVORZGRZQDURXQGSPRQ6DWXUGD\QLJKW and we want people to have a good time.â€? according to Corbett. Corbett said, â€œWe have talked to a lot RI SHRSOH ZKR VHHP WR EH FRRSHUDWLYH ZLWK WKLV UHTXHVWÂľ Pamela Bump can be contacted at pbump@keene-equinox. According to recent reports from the Keene Sentinel, the com areas of Main Street where the Festival occurred were less
Downtown Â businesses Â prepare Â for Â the Â annual Â tradition SHANNON FLYNN
a couple of weeks to prepare for Pumpkin Fest. â€œYou take the risk ordering so much,â€? Keating said. She said it takes strategic 3XPSNLQ)HVWLVRQHRIWKHPRVWSURĂ€Wplanning. able days for some businesses in downLife is Sweet does make some special town Keene, leaving the managers pretreats for Pumpkin Fest. Keating likes to paring for weeks and experiencing their â€œembrace the spirit.â€? According to Keating, KLJKHVWSURĂ€WVRIWKHVHDVRQ VKHKDVPDGHFDUDPHODSSOHVSXPSNLQĂ Dâ€œItâ€™s always a great day for us,â€? Tracy vored soft serve ice cream, and fall-decoKeating, the owner of Life is Sweet, said. rated cupcakes. This year Keating also has Life is Sweet is a candy shop that recentready-to-carve pumpkins. According to ly moved to a larger location in Central Keating, the pumpkins have already been 6TXDUH.HDWLQJFRPPHQWHGWKDWHYHU\hollowed so they are all ready to carve. thing is going great but it is â€œa little overThe Art of Inside, Ann Henderson Intewhelming.â€? Keating said she prepared ULRUVLVDQRWKHUEXVLQHVVWKDWSURĂ€WVIURP more for the locals and visitors on PumpPumpkin Fest. The Art of Inside is a home kin Fest. interior shop, selling home furnishings According to Keating, she has ten and decorations. Emily Henderson, the times more staff on hand and orders more assistant manager said, â€œWe have a lot of product in hope of a great day. Seeing as fun getting ready.â€? According to HenderKeating sees almost double the amount of son, the store gets rearranged to accomcustomers on a normal Saturday, she takes PRGDWHWKHWUDIĂ€F+HQGHUVRQVDLG7KH
:RUNV%DNHU\&DIpDOVRVHHVDJUHDWSURĂ€W increase from Pumpkin Fest. â€œItâ€™s the busiest day of the year,â€? Jeff Rondeau, manger of The Works, said. Rondeau said the store has three times the business they get for an average Saturday. Rondeau claimed their busiest time of the day on Pumpkin Fest is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Because of this, The Works is open until 10 p.m., which allows the store to be open an extra four hours according to Rondeau. He also said everyone on staff works on Pumpkin Fest. In the spirit of Pumpkin Fest, Rondeau said The Works has specials. They PDNHSXPSNLQĂ DYRUHGFUHDPFKHHVH bagels, coffee and other items according to Rondeau. He also stated they â€œprepare all week.â€? Rondeau said they order double what they normally would. Not all the businesses in Keene depend RQDQGSURĂ€WIURP3XPSNLQ)HVWDFFRUGing to Laura Keith King, the president of
the Chamber of Commerce in Keene. â€œIt depends on the business,â€? King said. She stated that for some businesses, Pumpkin Fest is huge and for others it is not helpful. King said some businesses like Pumpkin Fest because it helps out the community, but they do not expect to sell anything. Some of the higher end stores do not PDNHPXFKRIDSURĂ€WRQ3XPSNLQ)HVW She also mentioned how Pumpkin Fest is hard on Keene State College. According to King, they â€œtake a lot of the blame for the misbehavior.â€? King said that sometimes it is not even KSC students. â€œCar loads of college kids come in looking for parties,â€? King said. Despite the issues, Pumpkin Fest is â€œa wholesome and fun day and evening,â€? King said. 6KDQQRQ)O\QQFDQEHFRQWDFWHGDWVĂ \QQ# keene-equinox.com
Campus Safety and Keene Police Department began their preparations for the recent Pumpkin Fest the day after last yearâ€™s festivities ended, according to Amanda Warman, the Director of Campus Safety. :DUPDQVDLGWKDWWKLVPHHWLQJEHWZHHQRIĂ€FHUVRFFXUV similarly every year. â€œWe meet and discuss what went well, what did not go well and lessons learned to prepare for the next year of Pumpkin Fest,â€? Warman said. Warman stated some of the major planning involved assigning where the .6& FRPPXQLW\ FRXOG Ă€QG SDUNLQJ Ă€JXULQJ RXW ZKHUH RIĂ€FHUVZRXOGEHDVVLJQHGDQGRWKHUDGPLQLVWUDWLYHDUHDV Warman explained that no major changes in Campus Safetyâ€™s policies had occurred for this yearâ€™s festival and LQGLFDWHGWKDWWKH.6&5HVLGHQWLDO/LIHRIĂ€FHÂˇVGHFLVLRQWR limit KSC students to one guest each did not involve Campus Safety. â€œAnother major portion of our preparation is receiving and getting out certain information,â€? Warman added. Warman said Campus Safety makes an effort to report parking information as well as other important information to students, while collecting information themselves about all the events occurring during the weekend ahead of time. Warman continued, â€œWe need to make sure student employees can get on to campus to work during the weekend.â€? Despite rumors of the appearance of KPDâ€™s BearCat, the Liaison between Campus Safety and the Keene Police 'HSDUWPHQW 2IĂ€FHU .DWLH &RUEHWW VDLG WKDW WKH %HDUFDW would, â€œNot be making an appearance at Pumpkin Fest.â€? Corbett also said that KPD does not yet have a time frame on when the BearCat will come to Keene. Although the BearCat will not be at the event, both Corbett and Warman indicated that KPD and Campus Safety would be using on campus assistance from four University RI1HZ+DPSVKLUHRIĂ€FHUVDFWLQJLQSODFHRI.3'LIQHHGed on campus. Warman said, â€œKeene has been assisted E\81+RIĂ€FHUVIRUĂ€YHRUVL[\HDUVQRZÂľ%HIRUHWKHIHVWLYDOEHJLQV81+DQG.3'RIĂ€FHUVPHHWWRPDNHVXUHWKH two police departments are â€œon the same page,â€? according to Warman. For example Warman explained that, â€œIf UNH RIĂ€FHUVPDNHDQ\DUUHVWVWKH\NQRZKRZWRJHWWKDWWRWKH Keene police.â€? :DUPDQDGGHGWKHXVHRI81+RIĂ€FHUVZDVKHOSIXOIRU both Campus Safety and KPD. Warman said, â€œThe KPD has been busy in other places, which is why we brought LQRIĂ€FHUVIURP81+7KH\ÂˇUHVXSSOHPHQWLQJWKHSODFHRI
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Highwood, Ill. and Keene, N.H. face off BRIAN SCHNEE
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Drew Scott, from the HGTV show, "Property Brothers," poses with fans on Main St. during Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20.
"It's a great way to get the word out to the rest of the world about the attributes of this community."
- KENDALL LANE KEENE CITY MAYOR
ample, one picture on Highwoodâ€™s pumpkin festival website showed numerous pumpkins with large, round, gaping holes, rather than handcarved creations. Pecaro said he and Fourth Ward Alderman Eric Falberg travelled to Keene last year to check out the area and see how things were run. AcFRUGLQJWR3HFDUR)DOEHUJĂ€UVWKHDUGRI.HHQHÂˇV pumpkin festival while living in Vermont as a property owner of Snow Goose Inn located in West Dover, Vt. â€œWe actually went up to Keene last year,â€? Pecaro said. Falberg pitched the idea to Pecaro who said he loved the concept. Last year, Falberg and Pecaro went to Keene together to gather ideas for their own festival. â€œThey were nice enough to have us last year,â€? Pecaro said. â€œThey took us DURXQGWRZQWRĂ€QGRXWKRZLWÂˇVUXQDQGZKDWLV done and we really enjoyed our time up there.â€? Highwood then proceeded to start its own pumpkin festival and after the second year WKH\FDUYHGDQGOLWQHDUO\SXPSNLQV7KDW is when the competitive edge began. â€œIf we are really going to do this,â€? Pecaro said, â€œWe should contact Keene who has been doing this for 20-plus years.â€? Through a connection with HGTV in Highwood, Pecaro said he and Falberg contacted Ruth Sterling, the head of management with Keene Pumpkin Fest. Sterling then communicated with Keene Mayor Kendall Lane who jumped at the promotion possibilities. Lane said he was more interest-
ed in the positive coverage by HGTV to not only publicize the competition out there but also to promote the Keene community. â€œItâ€™s a great way to get the word out to the rest of the world about the attributes of this community,â€? Lane said. Local area residents were also excited about Pumpkin Fest this year because of the extra publicity from the competition as well as HGTV Ă€OPLQJÂ´3XPSNLQ:DUVÂľ â€œâ€œI think itâ€™s great because it brings a lot of recognition to the city and the festival,â€? Swanzey resident Donna Paine said. Community seems to be the common theme between both Keene and Highwood. Pecaro said itâ€™s tough not to get caught up in everything leading up to their pumpkin festival competition. â€œYou want to make sure that tasks are getting done,â€? Pecaro said. â€œThis year Iâ€™m going to try and pull back to spent more time with my family.â€? With 364 days until next yearâ€™s festivals, both cities will likely be sharpening its carving NQLIHV RU LWV SRZHU GULOOV IRU WKH 3XPSNLQ Festival competition. Until then, however, Highwood, Ill. has the upper hand over Keene in the pumpkin carving showdown and a new entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Brian Schnee can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org Contributed information provided by Lauren Campbell.
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In a battle of two cities, thousands of pumpkin supporters armed with pumpkins poured into the streets on Saturday, Oct. 20 for two very different festivals, nearly 800 miles apart. The cities of Keene, N.H. and Highwood, Ill. found themselves head-to-head at the center of competition by carving and gutting for countless hours in efforts to break the existing world record for most lit jack-o-lanterns. With Guinness World Record adjudicators and HGTV â€œPumpkin Warsâ€? talent on hand in both Highwood and Keene on Saturday, it was WKHĂ€UVWWLPHWKHVHWZRFLWLHVKDGRIĂ€FLDOO\GXHOHG with pumpkins against each other. Drew Scott, from the HGTV show, â€œPropHUW\%URWKHUVÂľZDVLQ.HHQHĂ€OPLQJIRUÂ´3XPSkin Wars.â€? Scott said he wanted to support the town of Keene in their quest to break the world record, but he also wanted to defeat his brother, Jonathan in a showdown of sibling rivalry. â€œWeâ€™re here to support. My brotherâ€™s over in Highwood, Ill. trying to take the Guinness World Record from Keene. So heâ€™s supporting them and Iâ€™m here to make sure that we get that record,â€? Scott said. The â€œKeene Sentinelâ€? announced early SunGD\WKDWWKHĂ€QDOFRXQWRISXPSNLQVDWWKH 3XPSNLQ)HVWLYDOZDV:KLOH+LJKZRRG Mayor Charlie Pecaro was easily accessible early in the week, he could not be reached for comment on Sunday. According to the â€œChicago Sun Timesâ€? Highland Park section, roughly 38,000 pumpkins were counted at Highwoodâ€™s festival, giving them a new world record. However, it is mentioned that the Guinness adjudicator VWDWLRQHG LQ +LJKZRRG KDV QRW UHOHDVHG WKH RIĂ€cial number. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Keene entered the festival with \HDUV RI H[SHULHQFH KLJKOLJKWHG ZLWK HLJKW world records in the pumpkin lighting category. Highwood broke the world record last year with SXPSNLQVDQGZRUNHGWKURXJKLWVIRXUWK pumpkin festival this past weekend. Highwood is a small city of over 5,000 people, located about 40 minutes north of Chicago. With the total land area of Highwood just over a half of a mile, Keene has a towering population of more than four times the amount of Highwood. However, even with Keeneâ€™s population edge, it appears Highwood enjoyed an advantage in pumpkins supplied by farms. According to the â€œSun Times,â€? Pearce Brothers Family Farm in Walworth, Wis. supplied 32,000 pumpkins to Highwood by planting an entire extra acre. That number of pumpkins is more than the total amount carved pumpkins in Highwood last year, which is more than the previous world record. As to how Highwood obtained that acre of pumpkins, there was no available comment from Pearce Brothers Family Farm. In addition to the volume of pumpkins obtained by Highwood, it appears drilling pumpkins was favored over carving pumpkins. For ex-
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Parties Â and Â pepper Â spray: Â a Â dangerous Â combination JULIE CONLON
STUDENT LIFE EDITOR
Whatâ€™s a Pumpkin Fest weekend without a little panic and pepper spray? Approximately 700 Keene State College students, guests and community members found out when the men in blue sprayed outdoor parties on Blake Street and Wilcox Terrace on the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. While Main Street glowed in a sea of orange in the afternoon sun, several outdoor student partiers glowed orange themselvesâ€”not by the color of pumpkins or vibrant tee shirts, but in the mist of pepper spray. The incidences began with a phone call of complaint from a resident on Wilcox Terrace. Keene Police Sergeant Steven Tenney said KPD responded to a call from a concerned Wilcox landlord about his property while a home on the street partied with approximately 500 guests outdoors. Tenney also said an elderly woman complained that beer bottles were being thrown at her house and people were urinating on her property. Tenney said it was these two calls that led KPD to KSC junior Max Senewâ€™s home on Wilcox Terrace. Senew approximated he had 500 people at his home on Saturday afternoon. Senew said the music had been going for about two and a half hours before police entered the scene. Senew explained, â€œThe way it happened was one cop just kind of started walking through the middle of the party. People were just trying to avoid himâ€”there was a big circle around him.â€? Senew said that although his party may have been a little loud, he said it was contained and people were generally being respectful before the police made an appearance. $FFRUGLQJWR7HQQH\DJURXSRIIRXUWRVL[RIĂ€FHUVDSproached Wilcox Terrace with a PA system telling partygoers to leave. Tenney explained, â€œThey had people on a PA because they had DJs and stuff telling them not to leave,â€? the sergeant continued, â€œSo what happens in that case is clearly weâ€™re outnumbered. In the case of Wilcox Terrace, there ZDVDVLQJOHRIĂ€FHUWKHUHDQGWKH\ZHUHFRPSOHWHO\UHIXVing to cooperate with him and essentially surrounded him WRWKHSRLQWZKHUHZHFRXOGQÂˇWHYHQĂ€QGKLPÂľ $W WKDW SRLQW DFFRUGLQJ WR 7HQQH\ WKH RIĂ€FHUV ZHQW through a procedure of moving people off the property. 7HQQH\H[SODLQHGWKHRIĂ€FHUVPDGHDQ\ZKHUHIURPVL[ to eight announcements to the crowd. Tenney described, â€œAfter a handful of those announcements, we kind of step up our announcements to the point
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Top: A Keene Police officer speaks to college students after having broken up a party. Bottom left: trash left as a result of partying. Bottom right: the scene at a house party when the police arrive.
where this is now not a lawful party you guys need to leave, and we actually display the pepper spray and we tell people that pepper spray is going to be deployed.â€? At this SRLQWWKHRIĂ€FHUVGLVSOD\HGWKHLUSHSSHUVSUD\ He continued, â€œClearly what happens is when people
see an orange mist go out into the air it creates a little bit of panic. Itâ€™s not to say that people didnâ€™t feel the effect of pepper spray, I felt it myself, but it wasnâ€™t directed at anyone.â€? Tenney explained the spray was shot straight up into 3(33(5635$<&
Twitter, Â Facebook, Â Instagram Â overloaded Â with Â #pumpkinfest Â RAYMOND WALDRON
CONTRIBUTING WRITER Tweeting drunk and taking artistic pictures of pumpkins proved to be among the more popular activities this weekend at the annual Keene Pumpkinfest. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram were the choice activities for Keene State students this past weekend. People began to send tweets about Pumpkinfest in Keene as early as two weeks ago and on Friday night that number of hit over 400. The number skyrocketed Saturday night during the actual event to double the previous night. The overall response from students was that this was a wild weekend. Tweets like â€œDid a bomb go off in Keene? Oh wait no that was just #PUMPKINFESTâ€? from @NickG-
Wood11 were rampant over the weekend. â€œKeene State was def wild last night #pumpkinfestâ€? tweets @NahG43. Tweets also got more revealing as the event wound down. @shelbydawn1989 tweeted Sunday morning â€œalcohol got the best of me yesterday. #pumpkinfest #wasted #keene #crazy.â€? The tweets provided live updates as to just how wild the weekend was. As @TaraSousa tweeted last night at 2 a.m., â€œCrazy s*** happens at Keene #pumpkinFestâ€? Students also celebrated the amount of pumpkins that were on display downtown. The pumpkin display downtown was the focal point of several pictures on the photo editing site Instagram. The majority of the pictures were of the massive scaffolding downtown that held up the pumpkin display.
The number of pictures on Instagram that had the â€œPumpkinfestâ€? tag attached to them hit a whopping 3,687 photos over the weekend. Instagram photos can be attached to Tweets, which makes them easier to distribute. Facebook played a key role in spreading the word of Pumpkinfest. The most prominent Facebook page utilized over the weekend is a page called â€œHelp! Donâ€™t ever cancel the Keene Pumpkinfest.â€? This group has 5,850 people who like it, and has 679 people who are actively discussing things about WKH HYHQW 7KLV VSHFLĂ€F )DFHERRN SDJH EHcame a hub of the weekendâ€™s activities, as it focused less on the student partying and more on town events. Facebook held four separate pages for the Pumpkinfest, including the â€œHelp! 32/,&(&
Donâ€™t ever cancel the keene Pumpkinfestâ€? page. The range of pages went from simple pages describing Pumpkinfest, all the way to a studend group made to advertise a student-made Pumpkinfest t-shirt. One page allowed users to record their location on Facebook, and check-in at Pumpkinfest. It appears social media played an important role in this yearâ€™s Pumpkinfest. â€œThey [the students] were all just having funâ€Śeveryone had their friends up, and wanted connect with each other via Twitter,â€? said KSC Junior Spenser Schwartzmiller as to why so many students utilize social media over the weekend. â€œEveryone was drunk DQGXQGHUWKHLQĂ XHQFHRIVRPHWKLQJÂľ Raymond Waldron can be contacted at email@example.com.
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Night Â life Â carves Â way Â into Â downtown Â Keene REBECCA FARR
HQ Ă XWHOLNH LQVWUXPHQWV VXFK as zampoĂąas and chakchas, while producer Sergio Espinoza was alternating between playing the drum and zampoĂąa for Pumpkin Fest goers. Espinoza said the two were very happy to be at Keeneâ€™s Pumpkin Fest yet again. Although they were unable to attend 2011â€™s festival, they have come every year since 2004. Toward the opposite end of Main Street, past Margaritaâ€™s and the Main Stage area, right to the side of Saint Josephâ€™s Church stood Batman and his Batmobile. Children dressed as princesses, pirates and little Draculas all wanted their picture taken with Batman. Ed Pahl, who has been Keeneâ€™s very own Batman for six years said itâ€™s the children who keep him coming back to Pumpkin Fest. â€œItâ€™s grown a lot, all because people just want their picture taken with me,â€? Pahl said. Rebecca Farr can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chock Full Oâ€™ Notes, the Keene State College a cappella group, rocked Pumpkin Fest as they Ă€OOHG 0DLQ 6WUHHW ZLWK VRXQGV from Keri Hilson to Eric Clapton. A group of 17 CFON members, including the clubâ€™s very own beat boxer, gathered in front of Saint Bernardâ€™s church at 3 p.m. and performed seven songs. Jeff Slark, senior and fourth semester member in CFON, said his favorite part about performing at Pumpkin Fest is making people smile. As spectators walked by, anyone could tell that it would be GLIĂ€FXOW QRW WR WDNH D PLQXWH WR listen. â€œAnyone that likes to hear music appreciates it [their performance]. I love it,â€? Slark said. â€œThese kids are great.â€? â€œWhat a voice,â€? a spectator from the crowd said as the singing group belted out Adeleâ€™s â€œRolling in the Deep.â€? CFON even did a little bit of dancing with the fun, upbeat closing song, â€œDo You Love Me?â€? by the Contours. However, CFON was not the beginning nor end of the day of performances at Keeneâ€™s 2012 Pumpkin Festival. Earlier that day, the KSC Dance Team performed on the Main Stage in front of Athenâ€™s Pizza. The all-women dance team EURXJKW D Ă DVKIRUZDUG WR +DOloween with their skeleton face paint and Halloween-themed performances. The group performed once as zombies, danced to a song from the ever-popular movie, â€œHocus Pocus,â€? as well as the Addams Family theme song. â€œI loved their faces,â€? Katie Nunes, a KSC student, said. â€œSome of them are my roommates and I see them practice it doesnâ€™t look perfect but itâ€™s really cool to see them perform and it looks perfect!â€? The dance teamâ€™s captain, Lisa
Garamella, said the group had been preparing for this event for about three weeks. Garamella said their Pumpkin Fest performance differs from most because the crowd is bigger and more diverse than the normal fans they would see at competitions or at KSC basketball games. â€œI love seeing the kids,â€? Garamella said. â€œBeing around and in the community means a lot to us.â€? Another dance group at Pumpkin Fest who dedicated their time and effort to the community is the Boston Community Dance Project. The contemporary-based dance company included all different backgrounds from hip-hop, jazz and ballet. The founder and choreographer of Boston Community Dance Project, Arielle Payes, said the group has prepared for Pumpkin Festâ€™s performance for about a month and although they are a contemporary group, they also dance to send a message to the community. Fellow choreographer of the group Sarah-Kay said they have done pieces about domestic violence and the group plans to hold a winter fundraiser to raise suicide awareness and prevention. Payes said the group is in the process of becomLQJ QRQSURĂ€W Â´:HÂˇUH DOO about the community and people really getting a message from our dances. We love to dance and we just want to do what we can,â€? she said. Past the ferris wheel and through the endless shelves of pumpkins on the corner of Main Street and Cypress Street stood a small table with two Peruvian men behind it. Both of those men are members of the music and dance group Inkas Wasi. One was working retailâ€” selling albums and wood-
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Above: Up and coming local musician Erene performs in front of Athens Pizza.
Left: Break dancers perform for a crowd on the Main Street stage.
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continued, â€œIt has grown into one of the fall festivals for New England. Regardless of the competition, it is going to attract people.â€? Junior Kelsey Bumsted said, â€œFreshman year, it (Pumpkin Festival) scared me. It was like a crazy circus of people. Last year, it was clean and family oriented.â€? Senior Stephanie Oâ€™Donnell agreed that student clubs and student organizations are making more of a point to recruit more members into their organizations. And this type of involvement is helping students feel more com-
â€œI think the competition with other communities, who are trying to replicate what we are doing in Keene, is adding a national interest in the kind of festival and community event that we have been able to hold."
-INTERIM PRESIDEN JAY KAHN
fortable with the college campus. Sophomore Annie McCaffrey said, â€œIâ€™m having more fun this year because I am more involved and more comfortable.â€? However, studentsâ€™ involvement in the Pumpkin Festival activities is not the only aspect of the event that has changed, the number of
guests and the party activity has also had to adhere to new rules and regulations. Sophomore Erik Radermacher said that the guest policy is one of the biggest changes. Now, students who live on-campus are allowed one guest each, which will limit the amount of out-of-state
students who visit during the weekend. But this new guest policy is not helping dispel the rumors of what Pumpkin Festival is to some students. Freshmen Alyssa Tyuiodi and Kylie Flynn said that they knew of Pumpkin Festival as being a crazy time to party.
But, Bryant and Bumsted noted that this year the Keene Police Department and Campus Safety were patrolling more than usual. Over the past 22 years, the Keene Pumpkin Festival has grown into an event that has become more community-based. It is no longer solely about the college, or the residents of Keeneâ€”rather, the event has evolved in order to unite and help beat the cityâ€™s record. Sam Norton can be contacted at email@example.com
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Keene Â community Â prepares Â pumpkins To get a special spot on the pumpkin tower, businesses and even people could pre-register online. Some people, however, placed their carved pumpkins in the area around the cannon on Central Square hoping officials would pick their masterpieces to display for the entire town to see. -WOODWORTH
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Left: A child looks at the various pumpkins lining Main Street. Right: The crowd takes in the pumpkins on Main Street.
Despite the rain, volunteers come together to create the magic of Pumpkin Fest MICHAEL WOODWORTH
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Seniors Â enjoy Â last Â celebration WHITNEY CYR
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Resident Â halls Â feel Â the Â power Â of Â Campus Â Safety Â MORGAN MARKLEY
EQUINOX STAFF ERIC JEDD
Whether itâ€™s a man dressed up as Freddy Krueger or a man dressed up as a mermaid during Pumpkin Fest in Keene, N.H., the scariest sight may be what happened in the dorms at Keene State College on Saturday night. It is evident that even with the guest policy change students were getting into trouble. Outside of Carle Hall, a freshman dorm, Saturday night four students were stopped by Campus Safety and asked to empty all the beers they had in their backpacks. Meanwhile, another three students were heard yelling about the need to purchase marijuana outside of Carle Hall. About 12 students huddled around outside looking for the nearest party while smoking their cigarettes. Down the road near the sophomore dorm, Butler, two male students yelled at HDFK RWKHU DVNLQJ IRU D Ă€JKW ZKLFK XOWLmately did not happen. As these students stumbled down Appian Way it was apparent that neither Campus Safety nor housing and Residential Life would be able to stop events that happen on campus, but instead try to minimize them. Director of Residential Life and Housing, Kent Drake-Deese said that this year to avoid more damages and issues the KSC guest policy changed. Drake-Deese
said the reasoning behind the change was, â€œDuring Pumpkin Fest there are a truckload of high-level accidents, most of it 95 percent that is attributable not to our students but their guests.â€? After the policy change, Drake-Deese said he would like to lessen the amount of damages. â€œYou pay for that if there is a guest smashing a couch,â€? he said. Amanda Warman, director of Campus Safety, said, â€œ[Campus Safetyâ€™s] goal during Pumpkin Fest is the same as the rest of the year and thatâ€™s maximizing safety.â€? Shannon Lombard, a senior and resi-
assaults of students and tons of damage.â€? He said that two years ago students were allowed to have three guests each. During the daytime at Pumpkin Fest, &DPSXV 6DIHW\ RIĂ€FHUV NHSW WUDFN RI SDUNing for students, parents, faculty, and alumni. When the sun went down however, Campus Safety took on the task of making sure intoxicated students are protected from others, but more importantly, themselves, â€œWe try to ensure students arenâ€™t participating or displaying behavior that is unsafe,â€? Warman said. According to Drake-Deese the student reaction is mixed about the policy change. He said some of the students said that the KRXVLQJRIĂ€FHLVÂ´HYLODQGWKH\FDQÂˇWZDLW to move off campus.â€? Freshman desk attendant Connor Vail said students were not angry about the new change in policy. He said some students said they were unaware of the policy change. Senior Resident Assistant Leann ERIC DECESARE / EQUINOX STAFF Lam said she thinks the Keene communident assistant in Carle Hall, said, â€œTheyâ€™ve ty could be behind the change in guests, â€œI [students] have been more responsible than think because there are so many students last year, I am surprised.â€? She said, â€œThere here damaging things during Pumpkin was nothing out of the ordinary, only Fest, which the community just doesnâ€™t DURXQGĂ€YHVWXGHQWVZHUHZULWWHQXSÂľ6KH want to deal with it anymore.â€? also said there was no visible damage to the Drake-Deese said the goal for Residendorm, and to her knowledge there were no tial Life is to make sure, â€œeveryoneâ€™s safe.â€? Ă€JKWVRUDUUHVWVPDGH She said this year her biggest fear was, Morgan Markley and Eric Jedd can be conâ€œPeople getting so intoxicated and causing tacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and harm to others and themselves,â€? but that, email@example.com â€œthis year has been calmer than the rest.â€? . Drake-Deese said two years ago, â€œThere were brawls, groups of people on campus,
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the air. He said the wind carries the spray, party on Wilcox Terrace. Carson said he 0RUULVVDLGKLVSDUW\EHJDQWRRYHUĂ RZ and depending on where someone might witnessed several cops â€œjust waltz into just after the party on Wilcox was broken be, they may or may not be affected. WKHEDFN\DUGDQGWHOOHYHU\RQHWRĂ€QLVKRU up. At that time, according to Morris, he Tenney explained a misconception he dump their beer and leave.â€? approached a cop passing by and was told heard from many students and said that &DUVRQVDLGKHVSRNHWRRQHRIĂ€FHUDQG by the cop that he should shut down the WKHRIĂ€FHUVGLGQRWVSUD\PDFH said, â€œOne came up to me personally and party. Morris claimed he then turned the He said, â€œThey [the students] call it said very angrily to dump out my beer and music off and began telling his guests to mace, they think itâ€™s a chemical agent, ev- please leave. I was like, â€˜Iâ€™m 21, I donâ€™t re- leave. erything we use as far as the Keene police ally care.â€™â€? Carson said he witnessed a maâ€œWe were trying to work with the police and pepper sprayâ€”thereâ€™s no man-made jority of the party shouting â€œ[Expletive] the and cooperate,â€? Morris explained. The sechemicals, itâ€™s a water-based spray that police.â€? QLRUVDLGZLWKLQĂ€YHPLQXWHVRIKLVHIIRUWV contains a hot pepper. Itâ€™s not mace, itâ€™s not Carson said the party was â€œnothing to move people off his property, four cops tear gas, itâ€™s completely natural and not outrageousâ€? and said everyone in atten- entered his backyard and began spraying. man-made or anything like that. It does dance was being smart. â€œI never heard a warning from them. I create some problems for people--people 7HQQH\VWDWHGWKHVHFRQGKRPHRIĂ€FHUV asked a few kids who were back there, if standing down wind.â€? sprayed was at the residency of KSC senior they heard them-- it was pretty loud and In the case of Wilcox Terrace, Senew Andrew Morris, at 18 Blake Street. people were talking. [The police] only said claimed he heard no warnings or requests Morris said he and his housemates it a couple times,â€? Morris said. from police before the pepper spray. planned to host a party for Pumpkin Fest At Blake St., Tenney explained, there Senew said, â€œIâ€™m pretty sure they liter- and registered their party with Keene Po- were plenty of people in attendance who ally just walked onto the property into the lice Department in anticipation for Satur- were â€œthere to have a good time, not causmiddle of the party and they just started day. ing any problems.â€? Tenney said this was pepper spraying. I donâ€™t think they really According to Tenney, on Saturday af- â€œtypically the majority,â€? at parties like the PDGHDQ\HIIRUWWRUHDOO\WU\WRĂ€JXUHRXW ternoon KPD received a call from a renter one held at Blake. But Tenney explained who owned the property, they just walked on one side of the Blake Street duplex who the pressure from the homeowners and through the yard.â€? Senew continued and asked police to disband the party because the fact that the cops were outnumbered is said he thought the pepper spray was it had â€œgotten out of hand.â€? what led to the use of the pepper spray. â€œover the top,â€? as his party was, in his opinTenney said the caller claimed their Morris said that once everyone moved ion, contained. house and cars were being bothered, and off the property, he and his housemates atSenewâ€™s housemate, junior Ben Tirlia, people whom they did not know were en- WHPSWHGWRWDONWRWKHRIĂ€FHUV agreed and said the pepper spray was â€œun- tering their house. Tenney said the caller He said, â€œThey really didnâ€™t tell us anynecessary.â€? â€œrequested assistance in gaining control thing. They started being disrespectful to Senior Matthew Carson attended the back to their property.â€? usâ€”even though we were the owners of
the house they refused to talk to us or give us any reason. We were trying to talk to us and be respectful and they wouldnâ€™t hear a word from us.â€? Morris continued, â€œFrom our side, I think it would have been enough just having the presence of the police in the uniforms would have been enough to kick us RXW,WZDVOHVVWKDQĂ€YHPLQXWHVIURPWKH time we killed the music and they started spraying, they didnâ€™t give us time to clear out. We were trying to work with them and we did comply and turn off the music and ask people to leave; we thought it was excessive force to spray.â€? Tenney commented and said he has seen KPD use pepper spray during the Red Sox riots in the past. â€œThatâ€™s the same type of situation,â€? he said. Commenting on the 2012 Pumpkin Fest, Tenney said it did not seem any more out of control than other years. He said, â€œI think itâ€™s the norm for what it has evolved into for the last couple of years. Itâ€™s comparative to what it was last year.â€? But for the six or seven hundred who were sprayed, this yearâ€™s Pumpkin Fest reigns over years past. Julie Conlon can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012
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Crossing Â the Â line:
Celebration Â and Â chaos HANNAH WALKER
There remains a tension between what constitutes as â€œfestiveâ€? and how people choose to celebrate. -WALKER ble behavior. While the choice to drink to the point of oblivion may be somewhat sanctioned on Pumpkin Fest, it should be questioned why this may be the case. We as Americans have an interesting and oftentimes contesting view of alcoholic consumption, one which other industrialized countriesâ€”such as Canada and places in Europeâ€”do not maintain. This is partly due to our higher age requirement for alcohol, but also to the fact that Americans are infamous for overindulging. When we view only one or two days out of the year as days to â€œget wastedâ€? we effectively create an atmosphere of expected intoxication on those d a y s . This, in
turn, often gets used as an excuse for antisocial behavior. Overall, the majority of people who decide to participate in the drunken experience of Pumpkin Fest do not go out of their way to cause disruption or distress for those around them. However, those who GRGHFLGHWRKDUDVVSROLFHRIĂ€FHUVGHVWUR\ property, and damage that which is not theirs should recognize that their behavior affects not only themselves, but the entire Keene community. We have all heard over and over again how Pumpkin Fest is WKHPRVWFULPHĂ€OOHGWLPHRIWKH\HDUEXW it seems that we still have failed to try and change that. It is a personal choice to celebrate in whatever way; it is not the communityâ€™s responsibility to excuse or accommodate behavior that may result from poor decision-making. Though Pumpkin Fest may inherently create an environment where social sanctions against drinking are lifted temporarily, in the morning we are still here to deal with the aftermath. Hannah Walker can be contacted at email@example.com
Kelsey Durato / Equinox Staff
Pumpkin Fest. Two words that mean more to the Keene State College community and the larger Keene area than any other. These two words also have the ability to simultaneously generate enormous excitement andâ€”from those who choose to stay indoors and away from the crowdsâ€”fear. This yearâ€™s Pumpkin Fest proved to live up to the infamy it has garnered over the past 22 yearsâ€”from the increase in registered pumpkins (29,186 this year compared to the â€œmeaslyâ€? 16,186 last year) to the increased police vigilance and a hard stance on parties. Although for some Pumpkin Fest means a one-time shot to get as drunk as possible, the festival continues to provide a family-friendly atmosphere amidst a town sometimes overrun with college students who remain unconcerned about how their drunken antics affect others. With the help of extra police reinforcement and hundreds of volunteers, Keene transformed from a college town with a reputation to a place where families and friends could explore all of what the area has to offerâ€”both in terms of local products and music. Throughout the festivalâ€™s history, the focus has always been on providing an
atmosphere of celebration and festivity. However, there remains a tension between what constitutes as â€œfestiveâ€? and how people choose to celebrate. Public drunkenness and disorderly conduct are two conseTXHQFHVRIWKHĂ€QHOLQHEHWZHHQFHOHEUDWLRQ and irresponsibility. Although people are free to spend Pumpkin Fest however they chooseâ€”whether that be in a state of consciousness or notâ€”they should always remain aware of how their antics and actions are affecting those around them, particularly towards those who are choosing to celebrate the day in a sober fashion. Being drunkâ€”regardless of what special occasion it may beâ€”is no excuse for aggressive, disruptive or otherwise socially i r r e s p o n s i-
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