- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – The annual OUL Spring Fest will kick off this weekend. This year’s event runs April 12 - 17. The week is packed with fun events and theme days to encourage students to participate by dressing up.
“Monday is ‘Paw Pride,’ which encourages students to show their Ohio University Lancaster school spirit,” said Spring Fest Organizer Abby Snyder. “Other theme days include ‘Character Day,’ ‘Sports Day,’ and ‘Decade Day.”
Events and activities are being sponsored around campus by several different student organizations and classes. On Monday, April 14, the Gender Equality Solidarity Society is sponsoring a screening of the documentary “Honor Diaries: Culture is No Excuse for Abuse.” at 6 p.m. in Brasee Hall Room 414.
“Honor Diaries is the first documentary to break the silence on ‘honor violence’ against women and girls,” said G.E.S.S. Advisor Pam Kaylor. “The movie has an all-star cast of women’s rights activists. Honor Diaries was named the 2013 Best Documentary by the Interfaith Awards, and is the Official Selection of the Chicago International Film Festival.”
On Tuesday, April 15, the S.T.R.U.M. Club is holding a ping pong tournament in the Brasee Hall weight room. On Wednesday, April 16, the Communication Studies 2050 class is hosting a kickball tournament on the Lancaster Festival Grounds to raise money for a local domestic violence shelter.
is located in Lancaster; it is a nonprofit organization, open 24 hours a day seven days a week for anyone in need,” said Organizer Megan Carman. “The Lighthouse provides a safe, supportive environment for women, men, and their children with referrals, housing, assistance, and supportive services. Proceeds from registration fees and t-shirts will go to The Lighthouse.”
On Thursday, April 17, the Leadership Enhancement Acquisition Delegation (L.E.A.D.) is hosting the Decade Dance. It will be held in the Brasee Hall gym from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“You dress in your favorite decade. We are going to have goodie bags full of decade candy,” said Snyder. “It’s a chance for students to come, have fun and not feel formal.”
“We want this to be fun and we want students to want to do it,” said Spring Fest Organizer Katie Wright. “We hope students will get involved and have fun.”
Spring Fest was planned as part of the Communication Studies 4050 class – Meeting and Event Planning.
“I think it’s important to have events like this to bring everybody together,” said OUL Spring Fest Organizer Cody Nixon. “It’s hard to bring everyone together and help people meet other people around their school. It’s harder to do this on a commuter campus. Spring Fest is an opportunity to bring everyone together.”