23.1.10

AACHEN USED TO BE AIX-LA-CHAPELLE. Professor Munger notes that in West Prussia, particularly near Köln, what we refer to as Fasching is Karneval. Some traditions come from the Holy Roman Empire. Cold Spring Shops observes Fasching because that's what the University of Wisconsin does. Once upon a time -- and contemporary student affairs directors well might cringe at this -- the Friday immediately before Fasching Dienstag was occasion to provide numerous bands (from polka to alternative rock) at both the Memorial Union and at Union South, and to offer a free shuttle bus complete with a cash keg of Pabst at the rear of the bus.

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