SU Celebrates Welcome Week with Big Red Block Party


As students began moving in last week, Shippensburg University hosted the “Big Red’s Block Party” to welcome new and returning students for a fun opportunity to meet and connect with fellow students.

The party was held on Saturday August 20 and featured a variety of fun activities organized by staff and student organizations. Events included crafts and games, as well as an SU staple, “Mocktails.” There was even an appearance by the bird of the hour, Big Red, as the mascot strolled around taking photos in the summer sun.

The event was a great place for freshmen and returning students to interact with each other as they returned to an in-person world. The event also allowed new students to learn about student organizations such as the campus radio station, WSYC, a variety of fraternities, sororities, and student athletic groups.

The party offered students lots of crafts to make and take home with them, including things like stone painting, succulents with pots for decoration, keychain making, and coloring pages. WSYC hosted a tie-dye station for students to create a personalized Shippensburg t-shirt.

Students could also participate in various games. Team SU Cheer staged a large inflatable version of “Hungry Hungry Hippos” which involved participants being tied to a wall and racing forward to collect more dodgeballs than their opponents. Also returning were toilet bowl races, a race around a small track sitting on toilets designed to be movable with wheels. There was also a corn hole for those looking for something to do while downing their mocktails, as well as Spikeball for those feeling energetic during the heatwave.

Near the Ceddia Union Building (CUB), there was a DJ and photo op for students looking to share their Shippensburg pride. There was also a station where students could leave their mark on campus by drawing with chalk in front of Reisner. Making popcorn and cotton candy, staff and students stood outside Reisner in the heat an hour before.

Events like the Block Party are just the beginning of what’s happening on campus this fall. For more information on upcoming events on campus, you can check the official ship website or you can visit the CUB Information Desk.


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