Aalto University Student Union will be making its traditional carnival declaration of May Day Madness this year as well. It won’t be taking place at Smökki in Otaniemi as planned, however, and will instead be making a big splash on Facebook. Witness the declaration of May Day Madness through facebook.com/events/239810507427107/
The proceedings kick off at 12 noon on Walburgis Eve, Thursday 30 April, with musical performances and speeches. At 2 pm we’ll find out whether the Kilo police, who traditionally make an official declaration to launch the festival, have extended their patrols to the virtual realm.
The best humour magazine of every second year published
“Humour hasn’t been cancelled,” editor-in-chief Jubileum Julkku points out while encouraging citizens to buy the traditional Walburgis humour magazine instead of toilet paper.
Julkku, the lovechild of Finland’s forest industry and student humour, has been squeezed out in spite of the emergency. The magazine might not be a good substitute for soft tissue paper in sanitary applications, but the publication can give your noggin a welcome wipedown by helping clear out any gloomy thoughts from the space between your ears.
Order your copy for ten euro from the Julkku online store at osta.julkku.fi.
Rest your eyes, train your ears: Walburgis radio takes to the waves
If constantly staring at paper or a screen is starting to wear out your retinas, you should shut your eyes and tune in.
Radiodiodi is an Otaniemi-based student-driven commercial radio station for the vappu carnival. It was almost silenced by corona, but, like a phoenix and with aid from the Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK, it has once again risen to the ether, now for the ninth time. (more about it in Finnish: lehti.tek.fi/opiskelijat/tek-pelasti-otaniemen-wappuradion)
The online radio station and its shoutbox can be found at radiodiodi.fi. It broadcasts during the festival week from 27 to 30 April.
Staff also remembered
Even though students have usurped the main role of the spring season’s biggest carnival, we should keep in mind that May Day is also a celebration of labour.
This is why a dedicated event has also been arranged for University personnel.
Wirtual Wappu invites all employees to celebrate in the blue-tinted light of their laptop or mobile screen and raise a glass of sima to toast Walburgis and the Aalto community.
The event will be serenaded by Retuperän WBK, who will be playing some fairly recent French brass music, and be addressed by President Ilkka Niemelä. Furthermore, University personnel can take part in the Walburgis Greeting challenge by posting festival-themed messages on a virtual wall either individually or in electronic collaboration with their workmates. The best message will – pursuant to the University’s remuneration system – be rewarded with fame and glory.
You can also keep an eye on the remote celebration of Walburgis on the Aalto University Instagram account @aaltouniversity, where pictures will be shared with the hashtag #aaltoathome.
And there’s more! Find all the other virtual festival events from the Student Union-compiled site wappu.fi.