Bradley held its annual BBQ on the Quad last Friday, serving hamburgers, baked beans and more for students on the Olin quad.
“It’s a fun way to mark a special event on campus,” Director of Student Activities Michelle Whited said. “We don’t do many BBQs so it helps create more unity and school spirit.”
The event, a part of the university’s Homecoming week, also featured painting murals, a spin wheel with prizes and a photo booth. Homecoming candidates participated as well, by talking to students and collecting money for charities.
Sophomore University Spirit Coordinator for the Student Activities Office Jasmine Swoope said SAO was trying to put new spins on established events.
“We want more student involvement,” she said. “We want people to get pumped up and say ‘Yeah!’ For example, we tried to make the Lighting of the ‘B’ more of a party. Last year it felt formal, so we wanted to make it a little more laid back.”
Sophomore Erin Guth, another University Spirit Coordinator, worked alongside Swoope to come up with fresh ideas for the Homecoming events.
“We both joined last December and started working at the start of spring semester,” she said. “We wanted to boost the morale of the campus and show students we can still celebrate without a football team.”
Senior electrical engineering major Greg Langdren said he came to the event to support his fraternity brother, who was running for Homecoming king.
“Campus participation seems to be higher this year,” said Langdren. “Food is a great way to attract people. And they’re giving away free stuff.”
Whited said she felt the event was a success.
“This was a chance for students to celebrate Bradley with lunch outside,” she said. “Homecoming week is what you make of it. You can’t skip events and complain about lack of school spirit.”