Late Night BU skates into Markin Center with ice rink

An ice skating rink will transform the Markin Family Student Recreation Center into a winter wonderland at tonight’s Late Night BU.
Student Body President Jordan Ticaric said attendance for tonight’s event is expected to be high.
“We’ve been averaging around 800 or 900 students per event,” she said. “Although some have been a bit lower than that, we expect this first one of the semester to have a strong turnout.”
Many clubs and organizations around campus are getting involved with the event.
“The softball and baseball teams are sponsoring a wiffleball tournament, and Campus Outreach is sponsoring a baseketball tournament,” Ticaric said. “Baseketball is going to be like baseball, only played with a basketball.”
Along with all of the new festivities planned for Late Night BU, many of the familiar activities will still take place.
“We always work hard to make Late Night BU very different,” Ticaric said. “The themes are so different and we always bring in new things to do, but all of the old standbys are always there, too.”
Students can always look forward to things such as free food, games and music, but this week’s Late Night BU also features valentine making, free massages from the Physical Therapy Department and a jumbo inflatable slide.
Other organizations are taking advantage of Late Night BU to get promotion.
“At one point in the evening the chemistry club will be doing a chemistry demonstration,” Ticaric said.
Avanti’s is sponsoring the event and providing free gondolas for all in attendance. Brewer’s Distribution is also a sponsor, providing free soda and energy drinks.
Junior public relations major Janelle Crawford said although she wasn’t planning on attending Late Night BU, after hearing about some of the events she may now consider going.
“Ice skating is something that you can’t go to all the time,” she said. “I think it will really draw in a lot of people who wouldn’t go otherwise.”
Crawford said she thinks the Late Night BU planning committee has done a good job with creating different events.
“Each of the Late Night BU’s has been so different, which is good,” she said. “I think that a lot of people are more willing to go because the events aren’t always the same.”
Ticaric said she encourages all students to attend Late Night BU.
“It’s so cold outside, and there really isn’t much else to do,” she said.