Lancaster – There are many traditions during the fall.Some like to carve pumpkins, while others like to pick apples. Students at Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington are developing a new tradition – Fall Fest.
"Fall Fest is a week during the fall semester where student groups come together to put on different activities for the students," said Phi Theta Kappa President Candace Burns. "Many of the events are free. Some of them are educational and some are just fun. "
Last year was the first year of Fall Fest. It was a trial run to see if the student organizations on campus could pull off a week of activities. Burns said with last year under their belt, this year was much easier to plan and organize.
"Our campus is a commuter campus so a lot of the students come to class and then go home or to work. They have lives outside of being here at school," said Burns. "So, it's good if we can bring students in to come to class and then stay here for activities and have fun. They realize it is more than just a school."
The week starts with OUL Theatre's production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" on Sunday, October 20 at 2 p.m. On Monday, the Human Services Technology student group is putting on a presentation called "Identifying and Managing Healthy Relationships during College." Adults Belong in College is sponsoring a pumpkin carving event for students and their families on Tuesday evening and the Gender Equality Solidarity Society is holding a movie screening of "Killing Us Softly 4." There will be a cookout sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega on Wednesday along with inflatable jousting and a photo booth put on by Phi Theta Kappa.
"One of our members is building a frame for a backdrop and we're hoping to ask some art students to paint a Halloween background," said Burns. "We're going to bring in some props. The students are going to be able to take pictures and we're going to upload them to Instagram with a hashtag that the students can find."
Thursday brings a chalk art competition from the Ohio Student Education Association and a bowling/trivia night sponsored by Lambda Phi Theta. The week will end with Relocate Day for students transferring to Athens on Friday and a Regional High Education Tailgate at the Bobcat football game in Athens on Saturday.
"When I was a freshman I wasn't that involved on campus," said Burns. "I came to classes and I went to work and then I went home.I didn't feel connected to the campus or the students or the faculty.The more I got involved, the more I felt connected to campus. The more you feel like you belong here, the more you want to stay here and finish your degree."