Photos: Connor McCourtney
Storms all day April 15 caused Street Painting to be moved to the following Sunday afternoon. While a few students decided against going to the rescheduled event, others couldn’t wait to get there.
Senior Jacqueline Blank said she was surprised at the turnout because of the date change.
“I was impressed with the turnout,” Blank said. “I was glad so many people decided to participate. It’s always fun, and I love seeing everyone paint and have a good time.”
First-year Maria Opatz described Street Painting as being “crazy.”
“Everyone says it’s a lot of fun,” Opatz said. “I had high expectations. It definitely lived up to them.”
Not everyone was enthusiastic about the date change.
“I had a ton of homework, and it was cold out,” first-year Erin Cella said. “I really didn’t feel like getting a ton of paint in my hair and all over my body.”
Blank said Street Painting has only gotten better since she’s been a first-year, a feeling that seemed to be shared among Drake seniors.
“This year was my favorite, even though it was freezing and my fingers were numb by the time we were done,” Lindsay Miller said. “This was my last Street Painting, so I made sure to soak it all in.”
Cold or warm weather, Friday or Sunday, the tradition of Street Painting brings Drake students together.
“Street Painting is unique to Drake,” sophomore Erin Skahill said. “We are a small liberal arts college that prides itself on being a close-knit community, and this is when you get to see it. I think it’s a good representation of our campus, each square represents a different organization, and this is all of them coming together.”
“Plus,” she added, “my friends from other universities are jealous of it.”