Students stay festive at luau despite cold weather
Courtney Kling, Staff Writer
September 18, 2013
Residence halls Wilgus Hall and McGregor Hall hosted their 15th annual luau Thursday.
The atmosphere was complete with tropical decorations, which included festive lights, streamers, a makeshift cabana and tiki torches that lined Greenwood Avenue.
The night consisted of island-inspired events, like a watermelon eating contest and a hula-hooping contest.
Some students even went the extra mile and dressed for the occasion in hula skirts and straw hats.
In previous years, this event has drawn large crowds of students, and despite the cold weather, this year was no exception.
Claire Tibodeau, junior social sciences major and Resident Assistant for McGregor Hall, worked the event and said she had been worried the weather would threaten the celebration.
“We were scared about the wind because we wanted to use our tikis,” Tibodeau said.
The weather cooperated, which allowed students from all areas on campus to come together and enjoy the festivities.
“My friends and I come for the fruit and fun,” Sarah Schultz, senior business marketing major, said.
Ben Canaday, junior occupational safety management major, was one student whose wardrobe stood out among the rest, complete with a Hawaiian-style shirt.
“I have been to a few other campus events,” Canaday said.
Canaday and other students seemed unbothered by the weather as they took part in beanbag tournaments.
Brooke Heacock, junior animal science major and Resident Assistant for Wilgus Hall, helped plan and decorate for the luau.
“We didn’t spend any money on games or decorations,” Heacock said. “The decorations committee worked together to find what supplies we had available and were usable. We formulated a floor plan for how we wanted to decorate the area.”
Heacock and Corcoran acknowledged that it is not necessarily always the staff that comes up with the all the successful event ideas.
“This is now the fifteenth year the luau has been done, and we are still going strong,” Cocoran said.
The luau, however, is not the only activity option for the redidence halls.
“The Department does encourage students to submit their ideas for future events,” Heacock said. “They should talk to their RAs.”
Corcoran discussed the possibilities of other future outdoor activities.
“We are talking about doing a disc golf tournament, but it’s still being determined,” Corcoran said.