March 18, 2004

Students Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick’s Day gave students a reason to decorate themselves in green and celebrate with the help of Collegetown bars yesterday. Unlike in past years, the holiday this year fell on a school day instead of over spring break. While Cornell planned no official activities to honor the Irish occasion, a handful of students could be found throughout campus in green clothing and other St. Patrick’s Day paraphernalia.

“I’m going to wear my socks that have shamrocks on them, one is white, one is green,” said Esther Blodau-Konick ’07.

Aisling Garcia ’06, agreed, saying “everyone in Trillium was pretty much wearing green.”

While green and white apparel could be seen up and down Ho Plaza, a group of painted students streaking through campus likely drew more attention yesterday. “When I was in class, a giant group of half-clothed students who were painted green ran through Goldwin Smith screaming,” observed Cara Levin ’06. While the students were covered in green, the streaking was actually for today’s Dragon Day. According to Becky Southworth ’08, an architecture student, the Green Streak is a tradition for Dragon Day which coincidentally falls around the time of St. Patrick’s Day.

For those celebrating St. Patrick’s Day away from campus, bars in Collegetown opened early to offer patrons Irish-themed breakfasts. Dunbars opened its doors at 8 a.m. to serve “Guinness with a raw egg in it which is an Irish breakfast,” said Dave Pepin, co-owner of Dunbars.

According to Kevin Gallagher, a bartender at Rulloffs, the restaurant and bar similarly changed their menu to offer green beers and green eggs and ham in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. “We’ve been busy all morning