By Lian Bunny, ’17
St. Bonaventure University will host its annual Spring Weekend festivities Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2.
On Friday starting at 4 p.m., St. Bonaventure will offer activities on the outdoor basketball courts between the Sandra A. and William L. Richter Center and the Reilly Center Arena until 8 p.m. WSBU-FM 88.3 The Buzz will kick off Spring Weekend from 4 to 6 p.m. Then, from 6 to 8 p.m., DJ BADVERB will perform.
On Friday evening, a local hairdresser will be putting feathers in students’ hair, courtesy of CAB. The first 100 students will receive feathers.
In addition, on both Friday and Saturday, there will be a mechanical bull, an inflatable obstacle course, a photo booth and a caricature artist. Meanwhile, the annual kickball tournament will take place throughout Friday and Saturday as well. A zip line will also be available on Saturday.
To get food served on the basketball courts both Friday and Saturday, students who have an unlimited, on-campus meal plan will receive a bracelet.
On Wednesday, April 29, students will be able to pick up the bracelets in Francis Café from 5 to 11 p.m. On Thursday, April 30, students will be able to pick up the bracelets in the Hickey Dining Hall from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or on Friday, May 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Students with the 75 block meal plan will be able to pay for wristbands with four meal swipes. Those with 100 or 150 block meal plans can pay with five meal swipes. Anyone who wants to pay for a bracelet with Flex Dollars, Bona Bucks or cash will pay $24.29. Students will only be able to pay for wristbands with cash after 2 p.m. on Friday.
CAB will also be there to have students who are participating in Spring Weekend sign a waiver and receive an additional bracelet that will give them access to the inflatables, mechanical bull and zip line.
On Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., there will be pulled pork sandwiches, chicken nuggets, vegan chicken patties, salt potatoes, fruit salad, pasta salad, Rice Krispies treats, brownies, pop, chips and veggies with dip.
At 9 p.m. Friday, CAB will sponsor a lip sync battle in the Rathskeller. There will be free chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks and waffle fries. Also, CAB will be giving away 125 T-shirts in the Rathskeller Friday night and another 125 shirts Saturday night.
Saturday Spring Weekend festivities begin at 11 a.m. and run until 7 p.m. on the outdoor basketball courts. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Joe Moorhead Band will play, followed by karaoke from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Italian subs, hamburgers, corn dogs, veggie subs, tater tots, fruit salad, macaroni and cheese, cookies, brownies, pop, veggies with dip, and chips will be served.
At 2:30 p.m., the SBU Step Team will perform, and Gene Rogers will DJ at 3 p.m.
Asian Students In Action (ASIA) will be sponsoring henna tattoos from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At 4 p.m., Gary Johnson, a one-man band, will perform based on students’ texted song requests. Rapper Weston will also perform on Saturday.
From 4:30 to 8 p.m., students will be able to build their own burrito with assorted tortillas, beef, chicken, sautéed veggies, sour cream, lettuce and cheese. French fries, fruit salad, pasta salad, cookies, Fruit Loop bars, pop, veggies with dip and nachos with salsa will be served as well.
Then, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Ed Bysiek will DJ in the Rathskeller. Students will receive free pizza and nonalcoholic piña coladas and daiquiris.
Abby Cohen, associate director for intramurals, club sports and student engagement, said Spring Weekend is a great opportunity for students to have fun before finals.
“I think the purpose of Spring Weekend is to get the entire student body to come together in celebration of the conclusion of another academic year,” said Cohen. “We like to provide as many fun and engaging activities as possible. I definitely think students should participate.”
Cohen also said she encourages any students interested in helping to plan future Spring Weekends or other campus activities to get involved in CAB. Those interested can contact Cody Didas, CAB president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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