WinterFest hosts An Evening with Jennette McCurdy


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Student Union Board will host WinterFest in the Memorial Union Friday, Dec. 2.

From noon to midnight Friday, the Memorial Union will celebrate the holiday season with WinterFest. There will be winter-themed activities and events, along with An Evening with Jennette McCurdy.

McCurdy’s acting career, personal life and success of her new book, “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” will be discussed during a moderated discussion. Hannah Wilson, Student Union Board director, will be leading it.

“Since she just released her book, it’s hard because she’s been going on her book tour and just going out and talking about it constantly,” said Brooklin Border, Student Union Board president. “It was just great that she’s able to kind of include us in her process too. It was definitely a surprise that she said yes, but we’re also super excited that she’s able to come and share with us.”

“I’m Glad My Mom Died,” a memoir, is based on McCurdy’s one-woman show of the same name. She is best known for portraying Sam Puckett in Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” and “Sam and Cat.” This book dives into being a child actress and the abusive relationship she had with her mother, who forced this career on her.

Within 24 hours, the book had sold out at Amazon, Target and Barnes and Noble, its main retailers. In the first month of its release, the book became a New York Times Best Seller. Her complicated relationships with co-star Ariana Grande and a character named “The Creator,” who is assumed to be Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider, are also addressed.

“We’ll talk about things she talks about in her book and her experience with her,” said Kenna Smith, Student Union Board vice-president of membership. “Whatever she really wants to share with us. I think she’ll share some advice with us too.”

The discussion begins at 8 p.m. Before the event, there will be trivia, swing dancing, karaoke, photo booths and other activities. At 6 p.m., a tree lighting ceremony will also take place on central campus. Afterward, the night ends with skating at Ames Ice Arena. The first 800 guests will receive free admission and rentals.

Tickets for activities are free, except for An Evening with Jennette McCurdy, which is $15 for the public and $7 for students.