By Alicia Ramirez
Traditions are important for many reasons. They remind us who we are and what we stand for, and give us a sense of belonging. Values, beliefs and customs are often considered part of traditions that shape a culture and a community’s way of expression.
Bryn Mawr’s traditions are a key part of establishing community on campus. “My understanding and love for Bryn Mawr has come from the traditions. It is how people come together!” said Traditions Mistress Devanshi Vaid ’13.
Lantern Night has taken place in the Cloisters in Thomas Great Hall for decades. How would Lantern Night have turned out if it took place someplace else other than the beloved Cloisters? This is the question posed by a number of students after finding out that Lantern Night 2011 would once again take place at the traditional location.
To many, traditions are what allow individuals to gain a better understanding of life at Bryn Mawr. Freshman are encouraged to get involved with the College’s numerous traditions in order to better understand life at Bryn Mawr. Last year, freshmen and upperclassmen alike were given a bucket list in honor of the College’s 125th anniversary of things every Mawrter should do before graduating and number seven is receiving your lantern.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Lantern Night would not be held at the Cloisters due some needed remodeling. Many freshmen felt that not having Lantern Night at the Cloisters would make the experience less special somehow.
Upon hearing the news about the change of plan, there was an outpouring of thanks offered to the construction workers and Facilities Services for their tireless efforts to reopen the Cloisters in time for the Oct. 30 event.