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Free food, a circus and an improv show: welcome to Western.
From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 25 the Viking Union Late Night promises to deliver all of the above and more. The event, hosted by ASP Special Events, will be a great opportunity for students to see what the campus has to offer, said ASP Special Events Coordinator Keri Weinbrecht.
“There will be representatives from different AS offices with tons of information about what they do,” Weinbrecht said. “It is also an awesome way to meet new people and have some fun that first week of school.”
According to Weinbrecht, VU Late Night began when the Campus Community Coalition decided that the campus needed to provide activities for students the first weekend after school began. The Viking Union staff took on the project and created VU Late Night.
The entire event, from the performances to the food, is free. Two local groups will also be performing.
Dream Science Circus will be putting on two shows in the VU Multipurpose Room at 10 p.m. and 12 a.m. Dream Science Circus is a campus group that has performed in the Bellingham area, Weinbrecht said.
According to the circus’ Web site, “[Dream Science Circus] has been blending up and serving a tasty and wild mix of creative interactive theater, outrageous sketch comedy and jaw-dropping acrobatics since 2004.”
The Dream Science Circus also features dance, music and pantomime, according to the site.
Dead Parrots Society, a campus improv group, will be performing two shows at 9 and 11 p.m. in the MPR.
“They are a great group of talented actors and actresses who are great to work with and add so much to our campus,” Weinbrecht said.
If students need any incentive to go to these shows, they should know that their attendance at the shows guarantees them a raffle ticket. This ticket can go toward a drawing for a prize of their choice, Weinbrecht said. Prizes include Western gear and a to-be-announced grand prize.
In addition to the shows, students can participate in a variety of games and enjoy the free food, Weinbrecht said. Also, Grand Archives and Cumulus will be playing at 8 p.m. in the Underground Coffeehouse and the movie “It” will be playing in VU 552.
“I am very excited to welcome everyone back to campus and [I] think this is a great way to start the new year,” Weinbrecht said.