Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hiking season is here

Pack your bags. Strap on your boots. Blaze a trail. It’s time to go hiking.
Every year as North Carolina State University’s graduation draws near, an old Hillsborough Street tradition starts to take shape. The tradition- The Hillsborough Hike.
This is no ordinary walk through the woods, however. This hike takes place on the last day of classes and involves graduating students attempting to make it from one end of Hillsborough Street to the other while stopping at every bar along the way and consuming one alcoholic beverage from each. Last year the event included food and music as well as the closing of some streets that intersect Hillsborough.
“I think that it is a great way to have one last hurrah and hang out with all your friends before you graduate. This is also one of the few times when there are a bunch of students out on Hillsborough Street at night,” Justin Jones, a senior in criminology said.
The tradition has grown over the last few years. It is no longer an event drawing out only the graduating seniors. Underclassmen have begun to take part in the event.
“I think all underclassmen have earned the right to participate in the Hillsborough Hike. This event should be for everyone. The university needs to stop taking away all our traditions and just let us have a good time,” Drew Wall, a sophomore in education said.
This last day of classes this semester is set for Dec. 8, so the flurry of hikers should begin to fill the street that Friday evening. Last spring semester, Durham radio station G105 covered the Hillsborough Hike, but there is no word yet if they will be there for this semester’s event.
JL

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