The Campus Activities Board kicked off Frost Week last Monday for the second consecutive year. It was brought back in 2012 after almost three decades in hibernation.
“It’s a kickoff to spring semester for students,”CAB Special Events Committee Co-President Jenny Marquette said.
Frost Week was a Greek-run tradition from 1949-1984 and held activities such as a hula contest and an election of a “frost queen.” CAB has modernized the activities to include window painting, family feud, a CAB coffee house, Gustie Cup: Floor Hockey and a dance-all-night challenge. The goal for the week is for students to “Show up to the events
and have fun,” Junior Communication Studies Major and CAB Special Events Committee Co-President Jenny Marquette said.
“I’m most excited for the dance challenge; we have never done it … it’s a good way to get a bunch of students out and have a good time,” Senior Communication Studies Major Katie Batzsaid.
The week literally had a frosty start with plummeting temperatures and dangerous wind chills. On Monday night
campus braved the bitterly cold weather to paint the windows in the Evelyn Young Dining Room. Cash prizes toward the organization were awarded to the most artistic orgainzations and winner of the student vote.
On Tuesday, Family Feud took place in the Banquet Rooms. Students were polled over J-Term so that the competition reflected real Gustavus student answers. A tournament bracket was set up, and the winning team was awarded a cash prize. The CAB Coffee House featured female singer Shevy Smith in the Courtyard Café Wednesday evening.
The Gustie Cup was held on Thursday in Alumni Hall. Teams with at least two members of each gender received two extra points in the Gustie Cup Standings. Friday night CAB is hosting a dance-all-night challenge—completely new this year. Held in Alumni Hall, it will start at 7 p.m. with a social hour and a chance to sign up and get a bracelet to enter the all night challenge. The last person standing at 3 a.m. will receive a $200 grand prize. Gusties who don’t think they can dance all night can still show up.
Prizes will start off small and work up to bigger prizes such as Twins tickets, Wild tickets, an iPod dock, and a TV. Various genres of music will be played throughout the night and Swing Dance Club will be showing up at 10 p.m. to teach people how to swing dance.
“I really hope we get quite a few people to go to the dance challenge, there are really cool prizes,” Olson-Merrik said.
“The dance is such a cool event, people like the idea of it. I hope it’s something we can continue to have,” Marquette said.
CAB will be hosting a trivia night at Saturday Night in Lund as a closing event to Frost Week. There will be more raffle prizes, popcorn, and wings from Patrick’s.
“Last year [Frost Week] was pretty successful,” Marquette said.
“It’ll be cool to see the progress this year in the new events,” Olson-Merrick.
They plan on bringing back all the events next year, especially the dance challenge, which they hope to have a very good turnout.