April 14-18 'Spring Daze' offers students a week of food and fun
Contact: Christina Chapple
Friday's "Swamp Bowl" has been moved to the field east of the Pennington Student Activities Center. The fun begins at noon!
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University students can shed some mid-semester stress during “Spring Daze,” a week of fun events focusing on two things always sure to please – food and games.
Spring Daze, April 14-18, is sponsored by the divisions of Student Affairs, Auxiliary Services and Residential Life.
“Since Spring Break was early this year, we wanted to give students some fun activities in April, since they won’t have anymore breaks until the end of the semester,” said Jim McHodgkins, assistant vice president for student affairs.
The series of fun activities will include two traditional spring semester favorites, the Fais Do Do Crawfish Boil sponsored by Auxiliary Services and Residential Life, and the Campus Activities Board’s Strawberry Jubilee. But it also boasts some new events that will give faculty and staff the opportunity to play along side their students.
Cabbage Ball on Monday, April 14, will pit Student Affairs staffers, led by Vice President for Student Affairs Marvin L. Yates, against a student team headed by Student Government Association President Chris Barcelona. The spirited contest, which is similar to softball but played with a cabbage-size ball, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at North Oak Park. “Goofy contest” will take place between each inning, also with staff and students competitors. Food and drink will be free.
Fais Do Do, Auxiliary Services and Residential Life’s annual crawfish boil, is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 from 4-7 p.m. in the area between Caymen Cafeteria and Garrett Hall. The spicy menu is free to students with university meal plans and $6.75 for those without. The first 50 students will receive a free t-shirt. A corn on the cob eating contest is one of the event’s highlights.
Strawberry Jubilee is set for Wednesday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Park. A campus spring tradition, the free event features red beans and rice, strawberry cake and the juicy berries themselves as well as games, activity booths and music. The Campus Activities Board will again sponsor its popular strawberry-eating contest.
A hamburger grilling contest for students is on tap for Thursday, April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Park. The event will include free burgers and beverages for students and a hamburger-eating contest at noon.
Grilling contest participants must furnish their own charcoal grill, said Jennifer Paul, interim director of student leadership. “The winner will receive a charcoal grill donated by Lowes,” she said.
Individual students or student teams wanting to enter the grilling contests should pick up an entry form and competition rules in Student Union room 110 before April 14.
Spring Daze will wrap up on Friday, April 18 with the Swamp Bowl, sponsored by First Guaranty Bank. The fun begins at noon on the field between the University Center and Alumni Center on University Avenue. Teams of six to nine players can compete in the no-holds-barred mud volleyball contest, said Melissa Thomas, director of student organizations.
“Teams can be made up of any combination of competitors -- male, female, co-ed, students, faculty and staff,” Thomas said. “There will be music, student groups will be on hand selling food concessions, and tailgaters are welcome.”
Teams can sign up in Student Union room 111 by Friday, April 11.