By: STEPHEN SALISBURY
Welcome back, everyone. I hope you had a chance to get some rest and relaxation during fall break last week. Now we’re back in the swing of things and getting ready to kick-off Spirit Week at the annual RHA Halloween Dance from 9 p.m. to midnight Thursday, Oct. 27, in the Community Building at River Crossing Student Housing.
Boo to You, our annual Halloween campus-community outreach event is coming to The Grill from 6 to 9 p.m. on the night of Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31. There will be a Halloween carnival in the usual dining area of The Grill and, in the Fireside rooms, participants will have the chance to brave Igor’s Haunted Maze and Freaky Funhouse, earning candy all along the way for participating in all of our fun activities.
Groups and clubs from all over campus will provide a fun, free, no-clowns environment for kids of all ages both from our student body and the local community.
Annual favorites like Ogre Operation, Duck Pond and the Monster Bean Bag Toss will be here along with face painting, Day of the Dead mask decorating with our Latino Student Union, and a “Monsters, Inc.” door decorating contest.
The Japanese Club will do origami with participants and Belle from Beauty and the Beast will be there taking pictures and telling Halloween stories throughout the night. There will also be a chance to walk along the Haunted Path to Housing for Trick-or-Treating.
This event is free and open to the public. Please spread the word and invite your family and friends to come and participate in one of our marquee Spirit Week events. This event is being sponsored and produced by the Student Government Association with the help of Titan Pro, QSA, Delta Sigma Phi, Japanese Club, Alpha Sigma Phi, 21st Century Scholars Club, Titan Cheer Team, Latino Student Union, BCM: The Journey, Alpha Sigma Tau, Titans Feeding Titans Student Association and the Office of Student Life.
Spirit Week will continue with an 80s high school reunion themed murder mystery interactive improvisational event from 7 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, in the Grill. This event, produced by Titan Productions, will be so much fun, but there are a limited number of spaces available, so you must RSVP on titanatlas.iusb.edu. Each attendee will be assigned a character to play throughout the night. Once you’ve committed to attend, Titan Productions will email you with the details about your character so you can prepare in advance, and sometime in the course of the evening, one of the characters will be “killed” and the rest of the attendees will have to search for clues as to “whodunit.”
Wednesday, Nov. 2, will be a busy day for #IUSBSpirit16 with banner making for our athletic teams from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Fireside, a Faculty and Staff vs. Students volleyball game in the Student Activities Center (SAC) at 5 p.m. and the Annual Wish With the Chancellor at 6 p.m. on the pedestrian bridge between the main campus and River Crossing.
The Office of Student Life, Alumni Affairs, and the Student Alumni Association will be in charge of Wednesday’s activities and then will come right back at 5 p.m. on Thursday with the Nearly Naked Mile starting on the Greenlawn mall area. At 5:30 Thursday evening, SGA will host a Tailgate Party and Pep Rally on Greenlawn before, at 7 p.m., our Women’s Volleyball team will have their final home game and Senior Night. Friday night, Nov. 4, our Men’s Basketball team will have its home opener at 7 p.m. in the SAC and the Women’s team will follow on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
So, for those of you who might say things like, “There’s never anything to do around here,” #IUSBSpirit16 will definitely prove you wrong over the next 10 days. A large number of folks from all over campus have been working very hard for the past 6 to 8 weeks preparing to bring you this outstanding Spirit Week, so don’t miss out on your chance to get out and have some fun. And, if you would like to volunteer to help with any of these events, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll help you find a way to get involved.