Holding the Line: Advice From the Head Tent
When the brisk air of November finds its way to Juniata, students immediately start to think about one of the biggest events of the fall semester; Madrigal. This dinner/dance marks Juniata's celebration of the holiday season as well as another well-known tradition; Madrigal tenting. Students seeking the best tables during the holiday celebration dinner camp out for a week, enduring the cold, early-morning roll calls, and the commands of the merciless head tent just to get good seats at the event. Marty Balaban, a member of the head tent table, gives us some pointers on how to make the most out of this momentous occasion.
How do you obtain the position of 'head tent?'
We were studying in Muddy Run. Taylor Forest and I set the audio for Microsoft Outlook to the "Boondock Saints" theme. I also set my desktop to "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme song just in case it was during the night, like usual. When the sound went off I ran to my car, which was across from Ellis, and threw the half assembled tent down, set it up, and staked it. The rest is history.
What was your motivation to be so involved with tenting?
I loved tenting last year, and, because it is a hectic semester, not having to be at the tents for another person's roll calls is ideal. Last year was a lot of fun, and I also wanted the opportunity to organize fun things for the "tenters" to do to keep the tradition as fun as possible.
What is the hardest part about being 'head tent?"
The hardest part of being head tent was motivating fellow head tenters for roll call. It was a requirement for us to be out there, so the luxury of beds, a good night's sleep and the regular routine really affected our desire to do many roll calls.
What was the most exciting part of the tenting week?
The most exciting part of the week had to be the Underwear 100. Everyone went down to the track and raced in their underwear or Super girl outfits to win a 'redemption' or "not having to be present for one roll call."
Do you have any advice for future tenters or 'head-tent-wannabes?'
For future tenters: try and get work done during class time so you can truly enjoy tenting. 'Head-tent-wannabes' should just be very aware around the time of ticket sales, and they should just plain want to be head tent. The more you want to be something, the more likely you will obtain that goal with effort, planning and some strategy.
- Adam J. Stanley '08, Student Reporter