Last year was the first time in years that SPU had held spirit week, and this year the tradition continues.
SPU spirit week started Monday with a homecoming theme dinner hosted by Gwinn Commons. Several other events will occur throughout the week. (See information box.)
"I’m really excited about the talent show," Melissa Shults, vice president of Campus Activities, said. "It’s going to be a good one. A lot of work goes into it to make everything run perfectly."
Shults said that Homecoming and Family Weekend generally focus more on Alumni and families, but spirit week gives students a chance to be involved in the Homecoming activities.
Some students were unaware of spirit week, but when they found out, they thought it was a good idea.
"I didn’t even know we were having a spirit week, but it sounds like a great way to bring the community together," sophomore Jaclyn Jones said.
"I’m disappointed in the lack of advertisement for spirit week, but I’m looking forward to it," freshman Caroline Vander Ark said.
However, some students are not as enthusiastic as Vander Ark and Jones.
"I think that it brings the school together, but it is a bit like I am still in high school again," senior Drew Dickson said.
Senior Courtney McKaig did not initially know about spirit week. When she learned what it was, she thought it was anything but community building.
"It seems so high school. It does nothing but create a group mentality. Making people allies through identifying and being known by a group," McKaig said. "[It is] like those medieval restaurants where you are known by your flag color and hate the other flags."
Shults said she feels that spirit week is hardly a high-school-type event.
"They (the activities) are a simple addition to kick off the week of homecoming (and) to get people excited," Shults said.
Community chapel at 9:30 a.m. in First Free Methodist Church. Alumnus of the Year Dr. Rick Delemarter will be speaking.
Women’s Basketball vs. Northwest Nazarene at 5:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion
Men’s Basketball vs. St. Martin’s at 7:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion
Talent Show at 7:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion. Tickets are available in the ASSP office for $7 each or at the door for $9 each.
Homecoming and Family Weekend Activities:
"Macbeth" performed in Bach Theatre at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thalia Orchestra Concert at First Free Methodist Church at 2 p.m.
Women’s Basketball vs. Saint Martin’s at 1:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion.
Men’s Basketball vs. Central Washington at 3:30 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion.
Women’s Gymnastics vs. San Jose State at 8 p.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion.
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Title: Spirit week ensues for the second year | Author: Sarah Decker | Section: News | Published Date: 2002-01-30 | Internal ID: 2425