by Shaelyn Saraceni
Americans are great at making excuses to binge drink and party, so it isn’t surprising that we decided to embraced St. Patrick’s day.
Kids get to search for leprechauns, eat chocolate gold coins, and wear green. Adults get to drink, party, and wear green.
Growing up, I never questioned the tradition of wearing green, getting pinched if I didn’t wear green, eating corned beef and cabbage, or building a trap for a leprechaun. I reflect back on these tradition with fondness. I’ll never forget the time in kindergarten when my mom and I made a leprechaun house out of popsicle sticks, but the floor had a trick rug with a mechanism underneath to catch anything that tried to get the candy behind the rug. We all set our traps up the day before St. Patrick’s day in the classroom. When we came to class the next day, there was a green bucket of paint knocked over and little green footprints all over the classroom. I was exhilarated and following the footprints. They led to my trap, but when I checked it, there was no leprechaun, only a cheap plastic gold coin. That little trickster got away, and I was crushed.
by Alana Ramsay
January brought us two important marches: the MLK March and the Women’s March. Many students from Folsom Lake College participated in either one or both of these marches.
But there are many individuals who have never participated in a march and many who may not understand the importance of these marches. After all, marching doesn’t guarantee new policies or changes to the status quo.
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