BY KRIS BOYLE
Students can escape first-week woes Thursday and Friday night with welcome back activities sponsored by student leadership.
Lauren Glisson, an activity coordinator with student leadership, said along with distributing hot chocolate in Brigham Square all week, other events students can be involved with have been organized.
Thursday Brad Wilcox will deliver an address titled, “Welcome Back to the Future,” beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Madsen Recital Hall of the Harris Fine Arts Center. Admission is free. Refreshments will also be available.
Glisson said students will benefit from attending Wilcox’s presentation.
“His talks are always good,” Glisson said.
Friday is Aloha Friday and everyone is urged to wear Hawaiian shirts all day, Glisson said. Student are encouraged to “Board the Cruise Ship 2000,” the theme for the activities occurring from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center.
John Lambert, 19, a freshman from Sterling Heights, Mich., majoring in history, is involved with the week’s events. He said they wanted to go with a theme that was the opposite of winter.
Activities are scheduled for Friday evening from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
At 9 p.m. a cappella group InsideOut will perform in the WSC terrace. Paul Hatch, a member of InsideOut, said the group has added new songs to their act, but will still perform favorites such as “McDonald’s Girl.”
Hatch said students should be prepared to have a good time.
“We’ve been focusing on not just making music, but having fun too, and trying to get the crowd into it as well,” Hatch said.
The Garrens will follow InsideOut at 10 p.m. and 259, another a cappella group, at 11 p.m.
The Polynesian club will be performing in the garden court at 10 p.m. Refreshments will be available. A dance will be in the WSC ballroom after the activities.
Admission to the evening activities is $2, Glisson said
“We want students to have a good time and know that the semester is going to be good,” Glisson said.
Lambert said the activities are supposed to help motivate students for the new semester.
“We want people to be excited about being back to school,” Lambert said.
Glisson said she didn’t know how many students are expected to participate. She said it is difficult to tell how many students will come because of the short time that student leadership has had to advertise. However, she said they expect a good turnout.
“Everyone is just getting back to school and looking for something to do,” Glisson said.