Marquette welcomes students back to campus with Snowball and other events

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Moving back on campus and settling into an apartment or dorm is stressful to any student. The excitement of coming back to campus rushes in, but there is also the anxiety of new classes and saying goodbye to family and friends after spending a full month at home.

Though syllabus week may drag on, writing every midterm date into a planner puts the semester into perspective. The Office of Student Development and Late Night Marquette are helping those dealing with the stress of the first week with several events for students to enjoy.

Once named Winter Flurry, the week full of events has now changed to a jam-packed weekend from Thursday night to Saturday. The events begin tonight at the Weasler Auditorium with the Spotlight Talent Show at 9 p.m.

Julianne Watterson, graduate assistant of campus events shared her take on the event.

“It’s the best way to see some of the amazing Marquette talent right here on campus,” Watterson said. “There will be a cash prize at the end so students have a fun, competitive goal to work towards.”

The Talent Show plans to feature acts of comedy, a cappella and many other groups. Late Night is excited to host many judges at the event as well, including Daniel Myers, the Marquette University provost.

For the second day of activities, students may sign up for the Snow Tubing Excursion. It will be hosted at The Rock in Franklin, Wisconsin. The event gained so much popularity that the 200 spots filled instantly. No fear, those still interested in the event may be added to a waiting list.

Watterson added that there shouldn’t be any worry even though the event is full. She said many students who picked up the first 200 wristbands may not end up going. Students may meet the bus at 16th and Wells at 8:30 p.m. on Friday night to possibly gain a spot. This event lets students tube, eat pizza and just enjoy a fun activity that they may not have been able to do otherwise.

The third and final event of the weekend is the annual Snowball Dance hosted in the Alumni Memorial Union’s third floor ballrooms from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. With an ID, students can pick up a ticket at the Center for Leadership, Service and Involvement in the first floor of the Union by The Brew. The event will include a DJ, a photo booth and plenty of snacks.

Kelsey Chin, junior in the College of Health Sciences, plans to possibly attend and looks forward to the event.

“This is just such a great way to start off a new semester while everyone’s work load is still relatively light,” Chin said. “However, sometimes it is hard to get a group together with such short notice. I look forward to seeing and having a good time with friends.”

A new addition to the event is the movie portion. Late Night will be showing the featured film “Happy Feet” while also including a new hot chocolate bar. Both additions allow students to relax during the period of the dance.

With the help of word of mouth and social media, Late Night looks forward to providing a fun, open atmosphere at each of this weekend’s events.