Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
April 29, 2014
UAF Nanook Traditions kicked off Springfest by hosting ice dodgeball at the Patty Ice Arena starting at 10 p.m. and ending at midnight.
Over 125 people participated the event last Thursday, which was more than twice the turnout compared to the Winter Carnival. There 50 other people who just came to watch the event. The format was very simple: form a team of about eight or nine players, show up, and play. “It’s a free-for-all,” explained event organizer Walter DiSarro. “Everybody can stay here tonight and play as late as they want until we close this thing down at midnight.”
The rest of the format was much like the Winter Carnival’s version of ice dodgeball. Two games were played at a time, and each game occupied one end of the rink. Towards the end of the night, those participants who chose to stay combined into two massive teams and played
in one game that took up the entire rink.
DiSarro said he was quite thrilled with the turnout, “This is awesome,” DiSarro said. “This an excellent turnout. We had to do ice dodgeball last Springfest because it was too cold to do mud volleyball and we didn’t really want to volleyball inside, but we got to have a free-for-all ice dodgeball tonight.”
DiSarro worked during the Winter Carnival’s version of ice dodgeball. He compared the Winter Carnival’s success to that of Springfest. “I don’t think as many people were excited about it,” DiSarro said. “But Springfest. Anybody that’s been here for at least a year knows about Springfest and people are way more into it.”
For Springfest 2014, Nanook Traditions decided to schedule ice dodgeball and mud volleyball on the same weekend. DiSarro said there wasn’t much of a reason not to have both events. “Why not?” DiSarro said. “More fun stuff for our student body to do.”
One of the students who participated in ice dodgeball this year was Civil Engineering student Colin Corsetti who had this to say. “I think it’s a fun event,” Corsetti said. “I think it helps people get out and have a positive interactions and have just good, clean fun.”
Katie Griffin, who is on the UAF Nanook Traditions Board as well as an Anthropology student, gave her thoughts on having ice dodgeball and mud volleyball on the same
weekend. “Last year, ice dodgeball was a pretty big hit,” Griffin said. “So we figured if people liked that last year, it might as well come back and give people the opportunity to do both.”
It is uncertain at this point whether ice dodgeball will be a regular Springfest event or not, “We’re not always 100 percent sure,” Griffin said. “But it seems to be so popular. As long as people are coming out and having a good time, we see no reason to stop it.”
This is the final year for Griffin as a member of Student Activities and the Traditions Board, since she will be graduating this May. “I couldn’t ask for a better team of people to do it with,” Griffin said. “I think everyone had a good time this year.”