From giant inflatables to a 45-foot Slip 'n Slide, Welcome Week has all the bases covered

Topic: Student Affairs

August 16, 2007

Who says the first week of school has to be all about studying? University Program Board (UPB) has a few fun events planned for 2007 Welcome Week to help students keep their energy level high while they start cracking open those textbooks.

Beginning Aug. 20, UPB will be offering free hotdogs - compliments of the Hot Dog Man - as well as cotton candy, sno-cones and popcorn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Scramble Light, a popular gathering point at the corner of McKinley and Riverside avenues.

UPB is hosting a variety of "giant games" from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at University Green, a large green space between Bracken Library and the Architecture Building. Participants will become the game pieces for their favorite games - super-sized, if you please - including "Honey I Shrunk the College Student," checkers, kickball, Ultimate Frisbee and croquet.

Aug. 22 is all about the laughs. Windy City comedians Dustin White, Mike Stanley and Kyle Lane will take the stage beginning at 7 p.m. at Pruis Hall. Admission is free. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and seating is limited.

Students can light up the night on Aug. 23, when UPB sponsors glow-in-the-dark events including a dance and volleyball. The fun takes place at LaFollette Field, the large grassy area between LaFollette and Worthen Arena, which students use for casual games of Frisbee and football.

Rounding out Welcome Week is the ever-popular Quad Bash Aug. 24 from 6 p.m. to midnight on the quad, the large green space area bordered by North Quad, the Fine Arts Building, West Quad, the Administration Building and Burkhart Building.

The event is free for Ball State students with IDs, and $5 for guests. UPB organizers promise this year's Quad Bash is bigger, better and wetter than before.

Featured band is Shilo, which has performed across the Midwest and shared the stage with many well-known country music artists, including Toby Keith, Gary Alan, Charlie Daniels, Jack Ingram, Diamond Rio, Phil Vasar, Lee Greenwood and Lee Ann Womack. In 2004, the group was named the best country band in Indiana after performing in the Colgate Country Showdown at the state finals during the Indiana State Fair.

In addition to the music, the 17th Annual Quad Bash will feature a giant obstacle course, rock wall, dunk tank, three competition inflatables, giant beach ball volleyball, a waterslide and a 45-foot Slip 'n Slide. If you're in the mood for a movie watch the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" on a giant screen.

And while you're in the area, take a tour of the Museum of Art, which will have extended hours from 7 to 9 p.m.

In addition, there will be free Papa John's pizza, hotdogs and chips. In the event of rain, Quad Bash will be moved to the Pittenger Student Center.

In addition to UPB, Quad Bash is sponsored by dining and the Museum of Art.

For more information and other events, contact UPB at (765) 285-1031 or online at www.bsu.edu/upb.

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