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Winter Carnival 2020 Heats Up With a Chili Cook-Off
Amidst the winter weather, Student Activities, Orange After Dark, the Traditions Commission and the Barnes Center at The Arch host an annual Winter Carnival, a celebration of the winter season that includes a number of games, activities and ways to engage with student groups across campus.
This year, the festivities begin with a full day of events on Tuesday, Feb. 25, on the Shaw Quad with free hot chocolate from 9 to 11 a.m. From there, students can head into the Life Sciences Atrium for Winter Carnival Days, filled with giveaways, free food and fun from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a Winter Carnival Dinner, starting at 4:30 p.m. in Brockway, Graham, Ernie Davis, Shaw, Sadler and Goldstein dining halls. The menu will include “a never-ending soup” selection, fresh breads and butters, a hot cocoa station and ice cream sundaes.
At the heart of Winter Carnival is the annual Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, Feb. 27, from 11 a.m. until supplies last on the Huntington Beard Crouse Hall patio. Each recipe will be tasted by a panel of judges, who will then score all submissions and provide trophies and prizes for the top three selections. There will also be a “People’s Choice Award” that the general public may vote on during their tasting.
Additionally, students have the opportunity to participate in the free Moonlight Snowshoe Hike at Drumlins Country Club. Free roundtrip transportation is available, departing from College Place at 6 p.m. and returning by 10 p.m. Space is limited and interested students may register on the Wellness Portal beginning Friday, Feb. 21.
“This year’s theme is ‘S’Winter,’ as in summer in the winter! Throughout the week we have a variety of activities planned including bingo, trivia, the chili cook off, paint night, snowshoeing and more” says Samantha Walters ’20, president of the Traditions Commission.
Other Winter Carnival events to look forward to include:
- B’ball and Bingo: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 7p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center
- Cozy Cappella: Thursday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center
- Paint Night!: Friday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center
- Glow Skate: Friday, Feb. 28, 9:30 p.m., Tennity Ice Skating Pavilion
- Trivia Night: Saturday, Feb. 29, 10 p.m., Goldstein Auditorium, Schine Student Center
To keep up with all of the Winter Carnival action, check out the official Winter Carnival webpage. For more information or to request accommodations, please contact Matt Shaler, program coordinator in the Office of Student Activities, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 315.443.2718.
Story by Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience communications intern Abigail J. Covington ’19, G ’20