The St. Cloud State University Program Board (UPB) and Celebrate! St. Cloud State are putting on the annual Husky Spirit Challenge this week, Feb. 23 to 27. The week is designed for students to show off their pride and spirit for SCSU. Student organizations, athletic teams, fraternities and sororities and groups of friends are able to participate in the challenges throughout the week.
The winners of the events take home prizes, with first place being a $750 gift certificate for SCSU apparel and $150 in Munch Money that can be used throughout campus at restaurants and stores.
Points and prizes are given to teams based on their participation in the events throughout the week. The top three groups of each event will be presented more points. Throughout each event, teams will be racking up the points for the win.
“We are very excited. Almost 30 teams have signed up and we can’t wait to announce the winners,” said Signature Event Coordinator at University Program Board, Katelyn Mapes.
A few popularly talked about events are the Lip Sync Battle, which will take place in Stewart Hall’s Ritsche Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, Mocktail Wars in Atwood Memorial Center Ballroom at 7 p.m. Wednesday night and Human Battle Ship which will take place at Halenbeck Pool at 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.
There will also be an event called Celebrate Through Service.
“Celebrate Through Service is a community service event, that will be taking place in the Atwood Memorial Center in the main lounge from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon,” said Mapes.
This is Mapes’ first semester as Signature Event Coordinator and she said she’s very excited to see how the week pans out.
“We’ll see where next year goes, but hopefully I will be graduating next year, so I probably won’t be able to participate in planning this event next year,” said Mapes.
Sam Wright is participating as a first-year student representing the community council of Case-Hill Hall.
“Some of the [Community Assistant]’s did it last year,” Wright said. “They’re helping out me and the other council members.”
Since this is his first year as a student here at SCSU, along with some other members on the Case-Hill community council, some upperclassmen on their team will be giving them help if they need it.
Even though there will be a lot of events, Wright said there is one in particular he is most excited for.
“The Lip Sync battle is going to be fantastic. I hope our team will be showstoppers,” said Wright.
Wright is also excited about Human Battleship, saying he thinks it will be an absolute blast.
He explained their teams’ game plan of combining some Community Assistant’s from Case-Hill and students on the Case-Hill community council to work together to hopefully take home the win.
The Husky Spirit Challenge will begin this Tuesday and run through Saturday, with more information available at Celebrate! St. Cloud State’s page on the St. Cloud State website.