By Wendy Le, edito- in-
While Newman University may not have a Zombie Run or Zombie Hunt, there is still a plethora of Halloween-themed campus activities to satisfy your October cravings.
Two of these events are the Heimerman Halloween Odyssey and the Boo Bash.
The Boo Bash, which is sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Residence Halls Association and the Multicultural Leadership Organization, will take place at 8:30 p.m. tonight in the Student Center.
The Heimerman Halloween Odyssey, “H20,” will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday in the Heimerman Science Center.
Activities at the Boo Bash include a Wii “Just Dance” competition, a water pong tournament, baby pumpkin decorating, a costume contest for best and most creative costume, and raffles with Halloween and fall-related gift baskets. Free food and drinks will be provided, including caramel apples.
“I had a ton of fun at the Boo Bash seeing a bunch of ‘grown-ups’ dressing up in costumes because it’s no longer socially acceptable for me to dress up and go trick-or-treating,” senior Cynthia Estrada said.
Admission to the Boo Bash is free for all NU students.
For “H2O,” the halls of Heimerman will be decked in Halloween decorations and each classroom will be stocked with volunteers dressed up as mad scientists giving out candy to trick-or-treaters.
There will also be two main rooms for events. One room will be a game room with activities like pumpkin bowling and ghost fishing. The other room will be an experiment room, where kids do hands-on activities like making their own goo.
“I feel this is a great event that incorporates the spirit of Halloween in a fun, safe way,” said Theresa Weninger, president of Medical Professions Club.
Everyone is welcome to come to “H2O” and the entrance fee is one canned good per person, which will be donated to a local charity. Once thecanned goods have been collected, MPC will coordinate with Rosemary Niedens to determine which charity has the most need for the donation.
“H2O” is sponsored by MPC, Chemistry Club and Student Government Association.
“This is the first major event for the new Medical Professions Club this year that was formed,” Weninger said. “We are really excited that we have the opportunity to work with the community and give back to those in need locally.”
Students from the T&T science classes are also helping with the event.
“I thought it was great for families to come out and bring their kids,” sophomore Max Sherard said. “Volunteering here was a great way to get service hours.”
The first “H2O” event was last year, sponsored by Pre-Med Club, Chemistry Club and Health Professions Club (HPC). About 120 people attended the event, donating 300 cans.
“This event provides an educational aspect that really connects with the students who are volunteering for the event and adds to the educational legacy that Heimerman Science Center is known for,” Weninger said.