“The purpose of Sti-Yu-Ka is to provide alternative programming for students so they don’t feel like they have to be at parties,” Assistant Director of Student Activities, Anne Warchol said. “It’s supposed to be the spirit of fun and a great week.”
Spring games are found all over college campuses, but Springfield College remains unique in that they call theirs Sti-Yu-Ka, which is a Native American term meaning, “The Coming of Age.”
“It’s a fun week of activities,” said Warchol on the upcoming week that goes from Monday, April 21 to Sunday, April 27.
Monday starts out with a bang, with the Peter Karpovich Lecture by Nancy Hogshead Makar on “50 years of Women’s Athletics” in the Campus Union Dodge Ballroom at 7 p.m. An hour later, Asia Projects will perform on the main stage of the Union. The group of slam poets will be the main event for the evening.
On Tuesday, students will be laughing hysterically at the talents of comedian Eric O’Shea on the Union Stage.
“He’s performed here a couple of times,” Warchol said. “He’s phenomenal.”
Wednesday students will likely be up late, as men’s lacrosse hosts Clark on Stagg Field at 7 p.m., and then at 11:30 p.m. the famous Late Night Bingo will take place in the Fieldhouse.
The event, which is usually held in the Union, is in the Fieldhouse because more than 700 students are expected. Prizes accumulate to around $2,000.
Thursday is also expected to be a late night, as Residence Life will put on Taste of SC starting at 10 p.m. The event will take place on Reed Green (rain location is Cheney Hall).
Warchol calls it “one of the classic events” for Sti-Yu-Ka.
The SC Dancers Dance Conert will occur on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Fuller Arts Center.
The much-anticipated Alumni Games will take place on Friday starting at 2 p.m. These games will have the Oatmeal Pass and the Greased Pole Climb. The Greased Pole Climb is a spectacle, as teams of three try to maneuver their way up a grease-stricken pole.
“It’s fun to experience in person,” Warchol says. “You won’t experience the Alumni Games anywhere else.”
The Alumni Games will be on Reed Green.
Friday holds many charity events, with the opportunity for students to make a Build-a-Bear and donate it to Shriner’s Hospital. This event is also on Reed Green. The event is at 2 p.m. Earlier in the day, Cell Breakers, another charity event, will take place at 10 a.m. on Naismith Green.
Saturday is the day that many have waited all semester for – live music entertainment. This year Twenty One Pilots, NONONO, Hunter Hunted, and White Panda will be performing in Blake Arena. Twenty One Pilots just performed on the MTV Music Awards last weekend.
The show starts at 6:30 p.m., with entry beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are only $2.
Sti-Yu-Ka’s entertaining week comes to an end on Sunday, as the carnival goes from noon to 4 p.m. on Reed Green (rain location Union Stage). If you’re in the mood for carnival rides, awesome food and fun, this is the way to go!
An incredible week is ahead for Springfield College filled with fun activities. It seems as though the question to drink or not to drink will be answered, as most students won’t have time for anything but fun.
“My advice would be go to everything,” Warchol said. “It’s a great way to try and experience different things.”