The Biggest Sign of All that Spring has Arrived: Sti-Yu-Ka

Brenna McCoubrey
Staff Writer

The Springfield College spring week has officially (and finally) arrived and most of the student body is Sti-Yu-Ka ready with their array of James Naismith inspired and party themed t-shirts and tanks.

The word derives from Native American phrase “coming of age,” and although it’s no longer the week of ripping off the beanies for the first-year students, it’s a week to look forward to for the entire campus.

What exactly is Sti-Yu-Ka, you may ask.

“It’s a club that sponsors and puts on the week, but other clubs, offices, and groups add in events to enhance the experience,” said Maria Francese, a graduate associate in Student Activities.

There will be events happening every day of the week. That’s right, even the dreaded Monday, when the week kicks off with the Peace Pole ceremony in Babson Library. There are events such as trivia, a performance by Comedian Jen Kober, comic book cover photopgraphy, airbrush apparel, and a screening of The Avengers late night in the Campus Union. There will also be a “Live @ Lunch” performance with Jeff LeBlanc on Thursday and food trucks in the Abby Circle Friday night, all leading up to the Saturday night performance by Sugar Ray, Uncle Kracker, and Smash Mouth in Blake Arena.

After enjoying a concert put on by some of the classic artists of the 90s, you can wake up Sunday afternoon just in time for the carnival and Grilling Games right on the Naismith Green.

“My favorite part of the week is Alumni games on Friday, where we have the Oatmeal Pass and Grease Pole Climb, which are also some of favorites among students who have been here in the past,” explains Lauren Dumaine.

Throughout the seven days of springtime recreation, there will be other activities that are put on by other clubs such as SGA, Campus Recreation, CAB, GSO, the Alumni Office, and many volunteers.

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