Of all things on every students’ ever-growing list of things to do this weekend, the Student Entertainment Board’s Fright Night Up All Night at 9 p.m. Friday in the Compton Union Building should be on top.
Senior psychology major and SEB programmer Austin Majors said that this event was to provide an alcohol-free event amidst the non-dry events Halloween usually involves.
“A lot of options for what to do during the Halloween weekend can include alcohol and not all students here at WSU can partake in those events, or they may just not want to,” he said. “So providing a safe event without alcohol will be great for students.”
The events at “Fright Night” will follow in the trend of the freaky and scary themes that come with this weekend. The biggest of these is the SEB’s own take on “Fear Factor” in the Senior Ballroom, the winner of which walking away with an iPod Touch.
There will also be a haunted house.
“Attendees can enter if they dare,” Majors said.
For those feeling creative, there will be pumpkin carving in the Lair and other crafts in the Senior Ballroom.
“If students are interested, they can enter their pumpkins to be judged,” Majors said. “At the end of the night, the winner will announced.
For entertainment, magician Nate Staniforth has been booked, who Majors is confident will blow students’ minds.
Staniforth, who was voted Best Small Venue Performer of 2011 by Campus Activities Magazine, was recently invited to give a TED Talk on Nov. 11 about his magic. He’s expected to a be a highlight of the evening.
At the same time, there will be a poetry slam in the CUB Auditorium. The top four contestants of the slam will be sent to Portland State University to compete in the regional Assocation of College Unions International poetry slam, said Majors.
“After the students perform, Dynamic Duo, professional slam poets, will take the stage and entertain the audience with poems that are funny, interesting, thought provoking and a variety of other emotions as well,” Majors said.
Subway will be catering the event, offering a variety of sandwiches and cookies as well as Coke to drink.
“Also, in the spirit of Halloween, we will be giving out tons of free candy to those who come,” Majors said.
Students are encouraged to wear a costume, as well.
“At the end of the night, those who are interested in getting on stage can show off their costume and whoever the winner is will walk away with a prize,” Majors said.
Recently, the SEB has received criticism for their high budget and spending despite major budgets cuts in other departments. Majors believes the SEB is spending its money in a responsible way.
“A student based and lead committee decides what to do at each event with the money that is allotted to us,” he said. “$7,000 per Up All Night ($14,000 for only the first and last one) could be viewed as a lot of money. However, given the price of entertainment and the diversity of the activities in relations to the amount of students that attend, it is a very cost-efficient way of providing safe entertainment that would be hard to find from another source.”
Majors also said in a recent survey, 75 percent of the students who responded said they were satisfied with the Up All Nights.
“This was good news for us and we are, as always, willing to talk with students who have inputs for future events,” he said.
At this Up All Night, students should expect to have a good time.
“With the variety of activities and entertainment there is, there should be something for everyone at this Up All Night,” Majors said.