Block Party kicks off Celebrate! weekend

A Student Plays Mini-Golf at BlizzardShack
Photo by Nathan Merrier.

SCSU’s University Program Board (UBP) hosted the annual Blizzardshack Block Party Thursday from 8 p.m. until midnight. This year’s block party hosted about 800 students to kick off the Celebrate! Saint Cloud State weekend.

Walking through Atwood Mall during the day on Thursday gave no insight into the huge event that would take place later that evening.

Different campus clubs sponsored holes on the mini golf course, Toppers delivered free pizza, and students were treated to an evening of safe fun. Some students gravitated toward the big attractions: a Velcro wall, trampoline launch pads, the inflatable mazes, the jousting ring and “Meltdown.”

SCSU sophomore Shawn Anderson said, “I have been to four or five UPB events in my time here at SCSU, and I really am enjoying Blizzardshack, because they have fun rides that are for college students.”

Anderson also added, “free food, a good social atmosphere and cool games brought me to the middle of campus on this Thursday night.”

Anderson was also one of many students looking forward to getting a turn to test his skills on the inflatable “Meltdown” game. This game included a competition between a number of players, who tried to dodge a large arm that swung around, attempting to knock out the unprepared.

UPB President Laura Manuel said, “I wish I‘d been able to try ‘Meltdown,’ because it looked exhausting, and so many students had fun.”

When asked about the success of the event, Manuel replied, “Overall, I can confidently say that Blizzardshack went well this year. Many students were still there at 11:30 p.m., despite the event starting at 8 p.m.”

This is the second year Blizzardshack has featured a pep-fest with hopes to foster school pride and spirit among students, according to Manuel. The SCSU Dance Team performed a routine to the song “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony during the show. The team had three weeks to practice and perfect their routine before performing in front of over 150 students.

Brittany Whittaker, a senior SCSU dancer said, “The feeling of performing is awesome.”

Her teammate Koryn Molden said, “I love dancing for students because they’re always so pumped up and full of energy.”

President Manuel said, “Nothing makes [UPB] more happy than seeing students create a sense of belonging to their campus through our events.”

Manuel added that the hardest part of planning the event was finding a carnival ride. UPB has brought in a ferris wheel in the past, but this year they stuck to inflatables.

The next UPB event is Atwood After Dark, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. in Atwood Memorial Center.

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