Snow Ball formal wraps up Snow Daze event

by Life Editor Melissa Parker

University Program Council’s Snow Daze wraps up Feb. 25 with the Snow Ball Formal.

Doors of the Guillot University Center’s performance center open at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free for students with their Mane cards.

Students may bring a date who does not attend UNA.

Performances include Rachel Wammack from 7 – 8:30 p.m. and DJ C. Battle from 8:30 – 10 p.m.

“The whole idea for Snow Daze was to give students something to look forward to during these gloomy months,” said junior and Snow Ball committee member Kisha Spearman.

UPC started the Snow Daze month of events Jan. 28 with The Big Chill, said Vice President of UPC Adam McCollum.

It gave students who may have just arrived on campus, or those who did not get involved in the fall semester, an opportunity to learn about some of the Registered Student Organizations available, he said.

Events continued Jan. 30 with a service day. Students had opportunities to clean up trash around the community or volunteer at the Florence-Lauderdale County Animal Shelter.

“We didn’t have much participation at all,” McCollum said.

McCollum said he was unsure of the reasons for the low turnout, but thinks it may have been the cold weather.

UPC’s most recent event was the artificial ice rink in the Department of Communications parking lot Feb. 12 and 13.

From a community perspective, the ice rink was a big hit, McCollum said.

“We ended up having over 1,000 people from the community,” he said. “I think honestly, from the perspective of what the ice rink was, the material and stuff, it was a lot more popular with kids, and it was a really good community outreach for us.”

McCollum said no one really knew what to expect from an artificial ice rink, but they were not expecting what they got.

“I know there were some people who were disappointed with the quality of it,” he said.

McCollum said UPC will evaluate the whole Snow Daze event after the Snow Ball and decide if it is something they would like to try again next year.

“I would love to see it happen again,” he said. “There are definitely some things that I think we need to tweak and some improvements that need to be made, but since this was the first time for us even trying, it was a learning experience for us. I think the whole idea of it has been great and well received.”

McCollum said he is looking forward to the Snow Ball.

“We’ve had people coming by the office asking us what to wear, so we’re hoping it’ll turn out to be a pretty big success,” he said.

Students have shown a lot of excitement about the event, said junior and head of the Snow Ball committee Amber Lyons. It is going to be like prom, but on a bigger scale.

“I’ve heard lots of people say they’re going to come by, and a lot of people are excited to hear there’s a formal outside of just Greek life,” Spearman said.

Refreshments include a white chocolate fountain complete with fruit, pretzels, marshmallows and other items to dip, she said.

McCollum said he hopes people will come out and enjoy the event.

“They can have a date,” he said. “They don’t have to have a date, or they can find one there. I don’t really care. I just hope people come out.”