Anderson University gave students the opportunity to get together for one last hurrah before the end of the school year by hosting the Spring Bash on April 28. AU’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) planned the entire event, which met the students’ need to get together one last time before the stress of finals week. CAB provides various activities to enhance the academic and social atmosphere on campus.
“We wanted to provide the students with an escape from the stress that comes with the end of a semester, not to mention the end of a school year,” said CAB staff member Aly Grider. “We all had so much fun planning and implementing this event and I think the students had fun too.”
Spring Bash was free of charge for all students, with the exception of the cost of a meal if one chose to eat hamburgers or hot dogs provided by campus dining services. Along with a wide spread of food were numerous activities and games scheduled throughout the four-hour event. The games included corn hole, bungy cord races, football, wrestling on an inflatable pedestal, a life-size inflatable Twister board and much more.
One of the main draws of the evening for students was the LAIRE (Life Action Interactive Roleplaying Explorers) tournament that occurred closer to the end of the Bash. The tournament was such a success that the CAB office is planning more events around the sport. The tournament consists of two teams, dressed in medieval garb, embarking on a full-fledged battle, equipped with foam swords and knives, shields and anything else one could grab.
“My favorite event, by far, was the LAIRE tournament,” said senior Jordan Mathis. “I cannot tell you how fun it was to see everyone dressed up and engaging in a full-on battle.”
Additionally, the event also had multiple interest booths set up representing each social club on campus. Students were given the opportunity to visit the interest booths, talk with current club members, receive free prizes and sign up for more information regarding Rush week.
“Overall the Spring Bash was a complete success,” said Grider. “I hope that we plan another Spring Bash or something even larger, based on the success of the first one, at the end of next year. This would be a great annual tradition for the students.” [Photo on right: One of the most popular events at the 2010 Spring Bash was the roleplaying competition. Students used whatever they could find to make their medieval costumes for the epic battle.]
- Joseph Matas is a senior from Anderson, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Matas is an associate with Fifth Street Communications writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.