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Students travel around the world in the Markin Center

The question of whether Late Night BU is going to change is being asked by some of the student body.
Alcohol Education and Awareness Programs Coordinator and Late Night BU’s organizer Lyndsey Withers said new activities are included at each event, and if something is not brand new, it is changed in some way.
The theme for last Friday’s Late Night BU was “Around the World,” which included a variety of different cultural activities.
Yet freshman electrical engineering major Torrance Bond said he was left unsatisfied by the event.
“Unless you wanted to stand in line for an hour to get something drawn on your arm or a piece of paper, there wasn’t much to do,” he said.
Bond said he enjoyed the Chinese food and thought the idea of Chinese crafts was creative.
However, he said the lack of things to do was the main reason for his indifference to this Late Night BU.
Other students also agreed with this statement, and said they left soon after arriving.
Sophomore sports communication major Brian Szubrych said he went in for around a minute.
“The lines are always just too long,” he said. “There really wasn’t a lot to do and the things that were available felt mainly aimed toward girls.”
Withers said the turnout was exactly as expected and “the people in attendance seemed very excited about the theme and really got into it.”
Nine hundred students attended the event this month.
However, Withers said she thought the multi-cultural theme may not attract as many people, so she was expecting a slightly lower attendance. She also said the fact that attendance seems to drop around the middle of the semester was also taken into account.
Bond said one problem was that the parasols ran out quickly. Withers said there were five different crafts at the event, so the staff bought a limited supply of each.
Withers said the Late Night BU committee has tried new ways of answering this atmosphere of indifference with the addition of large prizes. Allegiant Air sponsored a scavenger hunt at the event.
After getting all the answers correct, students were entered to win two free airline tickets to Las Vegas, Tampa, Fla. or Phoenix courtesy of Allegiant Air. The winner of the drawing was sophomore sociology and criminal justice major Kwan Cheuk.
Students also said they are beginning to feel a sense of repetition with the event, citing a lack of variety among the themes.
Along with the free tickets, the volleyball team helped to set up a tournament, the basketball game “HORSE” was played and a badminton tournament was also hosted. In addition to these athletic events, video games, bags, crafts, Sumo suits, tribal dancing and inflatables were available as well.
Withers also includes a survey after Late Night BU in the Hilltop Happenings newsletter in order to get a feel for what the student body is craving. Students are being more direct about what they would like to see at the events, which helps Withers see what to include.
Students will not have long to wait for the next Late Night BU, which will occur on March 26, the Friday following Spring Break. The theme is based on outer space and Withers said there is a possibility of laser tag available.
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