- April 25, 2012
- 12:01 am
- Jessica Reynolds
A bigger block party
The standard hamburgers and hot dogs have been replaced by grub from Potbelly, Qdoba, Taco Burrito King, and Connie’s Pizza. For dessert, try the “waffle on a stick,” which can be dipped in fudge and then coated with your choice of sugary toppings. Instead of just listening to music, attendees can take center stage during live-band karaoke, snap shots with friends in the photo booth, or test your steadiness in a game of life-sized Jenga.
Oh, and there’s a rock-climbing wall.
Dana Bozeman, program director for WTC Campus Life, says the added treats are meant to spark interaction between students and staff so people actually stick around to partake in the party.
“It’s called a block party, but it seems to be more of a stop, grab some food, and leave event,” she says, adding that incentives will be offered to students so they don’t dine and dash.
The first 100 to show up on Wednesday receive free t-shirts. The brave souls who belt it out in karaoke will be entered in drawings for iTunes gift cards. The chance to win free Loyola gear is likely as there will be a drawing nearly every 15 minutes, Bozeman says. At the end of the day, everyone who ate and stayed will have the chance to win an iPad 2.
Bozeman wants students to come out and enjoy the last week of school before hitting the books for final exams.
“The block party is a stress reliever and a celebration of all that our students have done in the past semester,” she says.
Whether rain or shine, the block party will carry on. In the case of poor weather, the festivities will be moved inside the Terry Student Center, including the rock-climbing wall.
The Water Tower Campus Block Party will be located in the block from Rush to State and Chicago to Pearson from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A Loyola ID is required.