Popularity of Ball State's Late Nite program continues to increase

Topic: Student Affairs

August 14, 2007

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As students start returning to campus, Ball State has several programs in store to give them a free taste of the vibrant entertainment offerings available on campus.

The highly popular Late Nite program will have a sneak peek program Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Pittenger Center.

"The idea of the sneak peek is to give students a taste of what might happen at any Late Nite," said Hannah Miller, assistant director of student programs. "Right now we plan to have a bungee run, human bowling, bouncy boxing, inflatable Twister and caricature artists. In addition, there will be a 'glow zone' dance party, where everything will glow in the dark and the deejay will show a video."

Organizers are planning for 4,000 students to attend the first Late Nite, which also will include performances by magician Wayne Hinkle at 9:30 and 11 p.m., showings of "Meet the Robinsons" at 9:30 and 11 p.m., access to Cardinal Lanes and the Game Room, and arcade-style dance machines among other offerings.

Each event will be themed, and Miller said organizers are hoping to attract at least 1,000 students each Saturday.

Now in its seventh year, Late Nite remains popular because it gives students an energetic on-campus opportunity to have fun in a safe environment each Saturday night and provides students a nonalcoholic option to partying on campus, said Matt Marshall, who joined Ball State in July as the associate director for programs.

Late Nite has been so successful that Student Programs is planning to start a smaller program called Afterglow, which will be on three Fridays each month beginning Sept. 21. The lineup of events for Afterglow is still in the planning stages, Miller said. However, she expects the programs will be smaller and more intimate that Late Nite's offerings.

Late Nite is free to Ball State students and $5 for their guests.

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