By Alana Hu, Staff Writer
The first day of May signifies the end of a school year and marks the final two weeks of classes before finals week and graduation.
While some will graduate and move into the “real world,” the Student Activities Council will provide games for students to play to relieve stress and spend some final quality time together before the summer break begins.
SAC will host its 6th annual May Day event from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Bowld Commons gym and Grace Residence Complex lawn.
The event allows students to put aside studying and escape stress for a time of food, entertainment and fellowship with friends.
Planning for this year’s May Day event began last fall with a brainstorming session by the SAC committee.
Spencer Connatser, Christian studies major, is committee chairman, leading six other members on the team. Toby Brown, assistant director of Student Leadership & Engagement, oversees the planning.
“The May Day committee has met a handful of times since September to plan this event,” said Ruth Minor, senior nursing major. “But a large part of our planning has been done through Facebook messaging.”
The planning process focuses on what would be fun for students during this busy time at the end of the semester.
“This year’s event will be similar to previous May Day events with a couple of new surprises that should allow more people to get involved, as well as provide more activities for the event,” Connatser said.
Though no one knows for sure where the original idea came from, the event has “grown each year and students look forward to it each year,” Brown said.
While the committee does all the planning, all SAC members are required to help with the setup and cleanup. They also are assigned certain hours throughout the event to work.
Games will include a laser-tag dome within the Bowld gym, cornhole, badminton, ultimate frisbee and other games. SAC will be team up with Residence Life, which will provide the food and drinks for the event.
Students can drop by The Commons porch and form groups to play outdoor games.
The last SAC event of the semester also will be held outside. A movie will play on a large screen at the Movie on the Lawn event at 8 p.m. May 11 on Watters Residence Complex lawn.
Students, faculty and staff should bring blankets or chairs to watch the movie.