The Associated Students Productions Special Events will host the fifth annual Viking Union Late Night in order to kick off the school year and offer an event for both new and returning students to come together.


VU Late Night: First Contact will take place on Friday, Sept. 28th from 8 p.m. – midnight throughout the VU and in the Multi-purpose Room. The event is free for all students.


ASP Special Events Coordinator Jordan Renshaw said that while the First Contact theme refers to the sci-fi atmosphere of this year’s Late Night, the name is also an allusion to the fact that this will be the first AS event for many new students.


“It’s just a really cool way for new students to see what the AS is about and what kind of programming we are capable of,” Renshaw said.


There are many activities planned throughout the night. Western’s improv comedy club, The Dead Parrots Society, and a hypnotist will be performing in the MPR.  There will also be a dance party, glow-in-the-dark casino, free Tarot card readings, and airbrush tattoos. Students can participate in a raffle during the event for a chance to win a new iPad, XBOX 360, iHomes, ASP concert tickets for the entire year, Sector Nine longboards, or merchandise from Monster energy drinks.


Food and beverages will also be available at the event. Super Mario’s Taco Truck will sell meals throughout the night and Monster will provide free energy drinks for attendees.


Renshaw, who has coordinated the event for two years, said he challenged himself to make this year’s Late Night different and not simply rehash all the activities of last year’s event.

“It’s this really cool community of people who don’t really know each other but they’re all sharing a common experience,” Renshaw said. “It usually has around 2,000 people attending throughout the night, so it’s a really cool thing to see happen.”