In the eye of Dillocane we are alive
Northwestern students celebrate many different holidays, such as Christmas, Easter, Eid al-Fitr, Mawlid-al-Nabi, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, among many others. Regardless of your faith, there is one holiday that most students in the Northwest celebrate, and that is the Great Dillo Festival.
Dillo Day is a special day on a Saturday late in the Spring District when musical artists come to the Northwest and perform for students and their guests. Guests, as a term, are pretty vague – I remember smuggling a fraternity alumni or two in 2019 to watch Teyana Taylor. and A $ AP Ferg. Drinking is an important part of Dillo Day, in the standard college, “we won’t know unless you really mess up” way. (For future reference, Chicken Shack on Emerson Street and Clarke’s, now on Davis Street, are remarkable hangover remedies).
In 2020, Dillo Day was canceled, like all of the other fun celebrations this year. In 2021, however, Northwestern hosted a Virtual Dillo Day with Omar Apollo and Playboi Carti as headliners. Haven’t watched anything since applying for summer internships and going to Howard Street For alimentation. But I noticed one thing while riding a bike.
Evanston lived with people.
For the first time in a year, I saw the entire faces of the people. On the pavement. I no longer need to guess who someone is based on their forehead. Now I can see their faces and act on them. Had to wait 20 minutes at Cold Stone Creamery that night.
All of my statements, in any other year, would be bland enough for a bedtime story. But I and all of the readers of this article have just experienced a generational pandemic. I have been in Evanston for almost a year, from summer 2020 to late spring 2021, and have never seen so much joy and fun as I have seen the Dillo day. I realized that I missed the banality of university life.
Two things fell on Dillo just to make Evanston eclectic.
First, the Centers for Disease Control and the State of Illinois have proclaimed that it is not necessary to wear masks outside, given what we know about the spread of the coronavirus. Second, the day before, Northwestern’s website reported that there had been 0 cases of coronavirus in the previous week. No case among students, staff or faculty – people, it was a miracle and a prime example of how effective vaccines are.
Is the global pandemic over? No, of course not, as I wrote before. One day, however, Evanston got a glimpse of what post-pandemic life could be like. And this life was beautiful. Hopefully fall 2021 will shine even brighter.
Sterling Ortiz is a junior from SESP. He can be contacted at [email protected]. If you would like to respond publicly to this editorial, send a letter to the editor at [email protected]. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of all members of the staff at The Daily Northwestern.