Morris Student DFL Column
On Monday, October 11, from 4:00pm to 7:30pm on the Mall, your life is going to change. As you nestle yourself in the cool grass, look to the soft sky outlined by the auburn shades of autumn, counting its days until the first frost, sight will fade to black as you are happy just to be alive. The burden of school will slide; the “he said”/”she said” trivialities of the day will find themselves inconsequential to the “I am”/”I will be” realities of the world; and a smile will creep across your face. You are and that’s all that matters.
Now, I hate to twist such prose for some cheap advertising for an upcoming Music on the Mall/DFL Victory Rally, but that is the way things are. Even so, I still hope you take to heart what I have written and spend a few moments outside living life as it was meant to be lived. Honest.
On Monday, October 11, from 4:00pm to 7:30pm on the Mall, the Morris Student DFL will be hosting a Victory Rally and evening of music. Basically, this is the one big event we do every election year to remind students about the importance of being civically engaged and striving to be the change one wishes to see in the world. The first hour will be spent listening to speeches from U.S. Representative COLLIN PETERSON, State Representative PAUL THISSEN, State Senate Candidate JIM THOREEN (SD11), State House Candidate BENNETT SMITH (11A), and others.
Following this, a few local bands will hit the stage and the evening will finish off with KRISTOFF KRANE, hip-hop artist and poet from the Twin Cities music scene. If you are not familiar with Krane, he is a frequent guest on MPR’s The Current and his 2008 album This Will Work for Now was listed in The City Pages’ Top 10 Albums of the Year. I would strongly encourage you to look him up online.
Even if you don’t identify as a Democrat, we would still love to see you stop by. It will be a nice chance for you to take some time out of your Monday to meet cool people, listen to exciting speeches, dance to awesome music and have the best damn homework break you’ve had since we’ve entered midterm territory. Besides, what else do you really have planned for a Monday afternoon?
Originally published in the University Register at the University of Minnesota-Morris on October 7, 2010.