With the fountain gates opened, the sun shining, and not a cloud in the sky, members of the Class of 2014 stood together at the edge of the Dillingham Fountains ready to jump in as a part of Senior Week.
Each year, days before Ithaca College seniors take the field at Butterfield Stadium, they take part in Senior Splash, one of their last rights of passage before becoming alumni. One of the longest running traditions at IC, the superstition goes that if a student takes a dip in the fountain before the completion of their senior year, they will not graduate.
Holding on to one another the seniors counted down from 10 before rushing toward the water. “That moment was crazy,” said Jessie Kelly senior cinema and photography major. “I was with my close friends and we had so much fun as soon as we hit the water. We were all like a stampede,” she continued. Though the temperature of the water did not match the 80 degrees outside, the members of the Class of 2014 had no problem running around in the fountains.
Other senior week events included a kick off concert, wine tours, drinks on the lake, and a senior formal. However, Senior Splash remains one of the most awaited events.
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