By: CASSIDY MARTENSON
Many things look different this semester, but IU South Bend is still committed to creating community through social distanced events. Students and faculty are creating virtual and in-person events that are both safe and engaging. Some of these activities include virtual game nights, drive-in movies, and appearances by comedians.
The number one priority of these events is keeping faculty, staff, and students safe. Therefore, faculty and student leaders have had to get creative with their event ideas. According to Scott Strittmatter, Director of Housing and Student Life, “This is where our students are going to be explorers, pioneers, and come up with new ways to engage.”
Titan Productions had a busy week filled with game nights and drive-in movies. They hosted drive-in movies on both Tuesday and Thursday for students and faculty to enjoy. On Tuesday, they watched Space Jam and Thursday was a showing of Jumanji. Both of these events allowed students to enjoy the movies from the safety of their cars or in socially distanced areas throughout the parking lot.
A guest at the drive-in showing of Jumanji stated that it was a “great alternative to a typical drive-in movie.” The small size and extra safety measures at Thursday’s event made it a real winner for students, faculty, and their families.
Additionally, Titan Productions hosted virtual game nights on Wednesday and Friday through Zoom. Students were able to play games such as One Night Werewolf and Jackbox Games while staying safe in their own homes.
There will be more movies, game nights, craft nights, and stand-up comedy events for students to enjoy throughout the semester. For updates on future events follow Titan Productions on Facebook and @IUSBTitan_Pro on Twitter. Any ideas for future events can be emailed to Scott Strittmatter at email@example.com.