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SMC hosts night of games and giveaways

| Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Saint Mary’s Student Activities Board (SAB) will host the annual Midnight Madness event on Thursday night in Regina Hall, a change of location from where the event is traditionally held because of the construction being done on the Angels Athletic Facility.

SAB President Emma English said even though the location had changed, Midnight Madness will still be as fun as it was in the past.

“It was a little bit of reconfiguration, but we’re going to have it in Regina this year, both sides,” English said. “We’re incorporating a lot of smaller games as well as the classic bigger games like freshmen-senior tug of war, so those will still be involved.”

English said this year’s theme for Midnight Madness would be Mardi Gras.

“Fat Tuesday is the following week so we thought this is perfect timing,” English said. “Midnight Madness is usually in March, but since we didn’t have Angela anyway, we’re just kind of moving everything around, so this year it’s earlier.”

English said there will be the return of certain activities that were a hit in past years.

“Last year we had a karaoke, finish the lyric game and that was super successful and really fun, so we’ll be bringing that back,” English said.

Traditional Committee co-chair Zoie Clay said the Mardi Gras theme will be incorporated into the games and activities.

“We’ll actually have one game where you have to throw beads onto a mannequin to kind of mimic parades,” Clay said. “Then we’re going to have some fun carnival-style games.”

Clay said games are a nice way to bring the Saint Mary’s students from all grades together.

“It’s competition between grades but I think it builds teamwork, not just within your grade, but between all grades,” Clay said.

Each Saint Mary’s class year is assigned a different color to wear to support their class as they compete, honoring the Mardi Gras theme. First-year students will be asked to wear silver, sophomores will wear green, juniors will wear purple and seniors will wear gold or yellow.

SAB vice president Lily Freund said in an email there will be a lot of fun prizes to be won.

She said Jimmy John’s and Einstein’s will be donating food, and there will be Mardi Gras cupcakes.  

English said she remembers her experiences with Midnight Madness throughout the years and how it brought her together with her classmates.

“As a freshman you don’t really know a lot of people, but you have to volunteer each other to represent your class,” English said. “And then as a junior it was fun because you know everyone’s names and you’re all super close. So it’s really about community and class pride.”

Clay said Midnight Madness is something all Saint Mary’s students should be a part of.

“It’s a Saint Mary’s experience,” Clay said. “It’s something that has been going on for a while now and I think it’s a tradition that needs to be experienced. It’s a really good time.”

English said she doesn’t see a reason for Saint Mary’s students to miss Midnight Madness.

“Free food, fun games, free giveaways. What else do you need to say?” English said.

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