Student Activities hosts Ice Dodgeball

Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star Feb. 25, 2014

As part of the annual Winter Carnival, Nanook Traditions hosted ice dodgeball at the Patty Ice Arena last Friday night. The event started 10 p.m. and was free of charge. Although there was not requirement for team size, most teams consisted of at least 10 players. Four teams played in the two halves of the rink, with two games going on at the same time. The last team standing in the games was the winner.

Toward the end of the night, all 50 participants split into two large teams and played dodgeball using the entire rink. The event organizers, Walter DiSarro and James Mitchell did not put the goals away before the first game started so the two teams decided to use the goals as cover against the flying balls made of foam. One of the teams included three Alaska Nanook Women’s Basketball players and one Alaska Nanook swimmer.

One of the basketball players was junior forward and Justice student Delisa Chapman. “I think it was a great school experience,” Chapman said. “It brought a lot of people together. I met a lot of people I didn’t know.” The Winter Carnival is usually held at the same time as the Governor’s Cup in hockey between the Alaska Nanooks and Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, according to Walter DiSarro, Fisheries student and Nanook Traditions board member. However, this year was different. “This year’s been kind of a strange year,” DiSarro said. “It’s the first year we’ve had to put together Winter Carnival without the the Governor’s Cup hockey game happening.” This was the second time that Student Activities has held ice dodgeball.

The first event that took place came during SpringFest 2013 as a replacement for mud volleyball because of unusually cold weather. “We thought we’d do just a fun ice dodgeball night here and that’s what this night has been,” DiSarro said, adding that he was happy with the turnout. DiSarro says it is uncertain when there will be a next ice dodgeball event, but it may be used as a backup plan for mud volleyball in case of bad weather for this year’s SpringFest.

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