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Friday Night (Lights?)

McKenna talks about some of the ways she's spent her Friday nights on campus.

McKenna talks about some of the ways she's spent her Friday nights on campus.


Carleton students spend their time in a lot of different ways, especially on Friday nights! To showcase this diversity, here are some things I have attended on a Friday night during my first two years at Carleton.

SUMO movies

Every weekend, our Student Union Movie Organization (SUMO) screens current releases in the large theater on campus. Each movie is free for Carleton students and shown four times each weekend (once at 7pm and once at 10pm on Friday and Saturday night). Past highlights include: Crazy Rich Asians, Black Panther, and Frozen 2!

the inside of our on-campus theater
This is what our campus theater looks like of course, it is usually a lot darker).

A hot chocolate party!

One of my friends had the great idea to throw a hot chocolate party on a chilly evening! We brought our own mugs and hung out in her room. It had just turned cold, so a hot drink was exactly what I was craving. I got to meet some new people and catch up with old friends. Of course, in addition to the hot chocolate, we also had marshmallows!

Equestrian movie nights (horses sometimes included)

Clubs and sports teams will vary with their events, but the Equestrian Club has done multiple movie nights during my time at Carleton. The first was part of our barn sleepover, where we spent the night at our trainer’s barn. That night was absolutely amazing!! We’ve also held additional movie nights on campus in dorm rooms. Naturally, the movies were horse-themed and snacks were provided.

7 people are silhouetted on horseback
Part of that barn sleepover included an early morning ride in the field. (Photo taken before March 2020)

An Etiquette Party

This theme was inspired by an actual book of etiquette rules from the Victorian era. We all got dressed up (without corsets and layers of skirts) and made name tags with our titles and our preferred method of greeting (bowing or shaking hands). We had been briefed on the rules beforehand and everyone did their best to follow them. It was something I’d never tried before and definitely one of the highlights of my trimester!

Student performances

After Midterm Break (about halfway through our term), there are multiple student performances each evening. Performances tend to be well attended, especially by the friends of performers. I’ve attended goofy plays in Little Nourse Theater, dance shows in the Weitz Center for Creativity, and music performances in Kracum Performance Hall. Of course, as a lighting designer, I’m often working these performances. That doesn’t make them any less spectacular to watch!

McKenna and a friend standing on Little Nourse stage.
I design and run lights for Lenny Dee, a sketch comedy group, and my friend designs and runs their sound effects. We took this picture before our first show together! (Photo taken before March 2020)

There are plenty of things to do on Carleton’s campus, especially during the weekends. Also, there’s a huge variety of events! Some people play board games, others go stargazing in the Arb, and still others make a point to hit up the Sayles Cafe for some mozzarella sticks before it closes. I think that no matter what you want to do with your time, you’ll be able to find a group of people to do it with!


McKenna is a Russian and Psychology double major who is suffering from major Minnesota-withdrawal (her favorite season is, in fact, winter). On campus, she’s often designing lights for a student performance, speaking Russian in Parish house, or grabbing a meal with friends. She’s also a proud member of the Carleton Equestrian Team and is currently playing Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in her free time. Meet the other bloggers!