Spring Weekend '14
The airbrush artist at Spring Weekend 2014. (Photo by William Biersack)

by Brittany Ambrosino

April 25 and 26 marked Mount Saint Mary College’s (MSMC’s) annual Spring Weekend. Hosted by the Student Government Association (SGA), many activities were provided over the two-day period for students on campus.

“The Knight Race,” sponsored by the Math Club, began the weekend and prompted teams of students to do problem-solving challenges all over campus. Each team wore a different colored shirt.

The Spring Weekend Kick-off went from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Kaplan Sod Field. Fruit, beverages, and ice cream were provided under a tent on the field. Motorized toilet bowl races were a popular attraction. Numerous students also enjoyed the Improv show that followed the field activities.

The last event of the day was the Fantasy Casino Night in the Kaplan Gymnasium. When walking into the event, each participant received $50,000 in fake cash. Everyone could then go inside and test their luck with poker, blackjack, Texas hold ’em, Russian roulette, and craps. Every $10,000 in chips could be cashed in for a raffle ticket for a chance to win some of the many prizes. Food was provided, as well as an oxygen bar station.

Day two started with the annual Spring Weekend block party. It was originally timed from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., but was changed to 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. due to weather. The block party included an all-you-can-eat BBQ and ice cream truck serving vanilla and chocolate ice cream. DJ Brian Stylez’s  music kept everyone on their feet. Students lined up to take pictures in the photo booth and two vendors were airbrushing t-shirts and hats. Two blow-up activities were set up, as well as a mini golf course in between College Court (CC) 20 and CC21. The block party ended promptly at 4:30, which timed out perfectly as it started to rain as everything was being cleaned up.

Next on the agenda: the comedy show featuring Rob Paravonian, Steve Marshall, duo Ben and Josh, and the main act Jessimae Paluso from MTV’s “Girl Code.” All acts had the crowd roaring with laughs. The event veered from the typical concerts SGA offers during Spring Weekend. Sophomore Emalie Flatt said, “What was nice about this year’s act is that it wasn’t like you had to know an artist’s music or songs to enjoy the show. It was good comedy and a fun experience.” Sodexo provided mocktails, fruit, desserts, and a chocolate fountain prior to the show’s start.

The last event of Spring Weekend was Bingo in Kaplan Gym. There were $800 worth of prizes, which included Visa, iTunes, and MSMC bookstore gift cards. Senior Anthony Krueger explained, “It’s a bittersweet feeling. I enjoyed every moment of it and was happy to see some change. Definitely one of the best for the Mount!”