IRHA hosts Residence Hall Week

Dalton Bergan

Students looking to unwind before dead week can relieve stress at some of the many events that will be taking place as part of Residence Hall Week.

Residence Hall Week is an annual event organized by the Inter-Residence Hall Association from April 21 to 26. The week gives students free opportunities to participate in various events around campus, including food, entertainment and some friendly competition.

Planning for Residence Hall Week started late last semester, and the IRHA events committee has been working on organizing events ever since. The committee is made up primarily of IRHA members, though there are some student volunteers serving as well.

“We’ve officially been planning the events for Residence Hall Week ever since Fall Fest ended,” said IRHA Director of Events Laurelin HaasCQ. “It’s primarily those event committee members that make everything happen.”

Events start at 1:30 p.m. April 21 in the Linden Hall main lounge, where students can get free massages until 5:30 p.m. There will also be a flavored oxygen bar as well as soda and cookies available to students.

Residence Hall Week continues April 22, when students selected to participate in the Residence Hall Hunger Games will “fight to the not-death” for a prize poster signed by the Hunger Games cast. Students selected to compete in the games should have received an email April 18.

“It’ll be a Hunger Games with a LARP-ing twist,” said Haas. “Students are encouraged to bring as many supporters as they can, because the more supporters you bring, the better perks you get in the game.”

On April 23, students can relieve stress at the pet therapy event, where they can interact with the pets of residence hall staff members from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Richardson Court Courtyard. From 9 to 10 p.m., late night wings will be available at the Friley Terrace Room, Birch Cornerstone and the Towers Commons.

Events will resume April 25 with the Friley Boardwalk, which will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Friley Windows.

“They’ll have inflatables, sno-cones, cotton candy and then assorted games,” said Haas. “[It takes place] in Friley Windows, and it will spill over outside if the weather’s nice enough.”

After that, Hawaiian Night will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Towers. There will be a live Caribbean band, fire dancers and a limbo contest. Following the Hawaiian-themed events, there will be a showing of the movies “Lilo & Stitch” and “Jaws.” Free popcorn and drinks will be available, but students should bring their own blanket for seating.

Events on April 26 start with Color Fest, which takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Richardson Court Courtyard.

“I would say it’s like the Color Run, but without the running, so it’s the best parts of Color Run,” said Haas. “You’ll be provided a free white T-shirt so you don’t stain your clothes, we’ll provide the chalk and also some free sunglasses.”

From 9 to 12 p.m. in Friley Windows, students can attend a headphone disco. All attending will be given a pair of headphones, which they can then use to tune into one of two DJs that will be playing music. Haas said that, depending on what station you’re listening to, you might be dancing to something entirely different than the people around you.

“I can’t wait to see what it looks like,” said IRHA Vice President Tony Behnke. “I’ve never been to one. It should be interesting.”

April 26 will end with a fireworks display on Central Campus. The show will start at midnight, and is expected to last 15 minutes.

“Students should sit right in front of the Campanile facing the fireworks,” said Behnke. “There will be a large circle area to keep people out of the launching spot.”

Residence Hall Week’s final event will take place from 2 to 4 pm in Friley Windows. For $2, students can purchase a pie to throw in the face of any of the people who volunteer to get pied. This is IRHA’s first attempt at a philanthropy event, with all of the proceeds going to Children’s Cancer Connection.

“I hope that, through Residence Hall Week, students can get out of their comfort zone, meet someone new from across campus, and just make a lot of amazing memories,” said Haas.