Dazed by field day
Alan Fearns/Sun Star Reporter
April 30, 2013
Several Springfest activities experienced changes due to the cold temperatures last week. Field day moved indoors, mud volleyball was swapped out for ice dodgeball and the 3rd annual quidditch tournament was cancelled. These events took place at noon on Friday and Saturday, and a rugby tournament began at 1 on Saturday.
The field day was split between the Lola Tilly Commons and the Student Recreation Center. An all-you-can-eat buffet-style dining of burgers, hotdogs, potato and pasta salads were provided in the Tilly.
Student Activities Organization student assistant and Nanook Traditions Chair, Juan Cruz, greeted students entering the SRC with a punch card stamp in hand. The field day was one of the five events students could attend to receive a punch for the Alaska Airlines ticket drawing, not including the bonus Latenighter event last Thursday. The “bouncy stuff” consisted of an inflatable obstacle course, running track, wrecking ball and sumo wrestling suits.
Since snow was still on the court besides Nenana parking lot, ice dodgeball replaced mud volleyball from 12 to 4 p.m. Dodgeball kept the same rosters as mud volleyball, and the activity was moved into the Patty Center Ice Arena for ice dodgeball sessions.
Ice dogeball was a alternate activity At Winterfest earlier in the year as well.
“The board came up with many alternatives, and that [ice dodgeball] was the one they liked best,” Cruz said.
Two teams at a time faced off with the center lined with rubber and foam dodgeballs. Some teams were dressed in themed outfits such as superheroes, backward gender types, or ’80s fashion. There were 24 teams in all.
During the first few rounds, students slipped after throwing or dodging a ball. After getting used to the court conditions, students used the floor to their advantage by sliding.
“No injuries yet,” said Mining Engineering student Kristoffer Nystrom.
At the same time the next day, the Anchorage men and women’s rugby teams came to the soccer fields to play the Fairbanks team in a tournament for Springfest. Since only half of the field had melted, teams were shortened to ten players instead of the standard fifteen. The Fairbanks Red Hackle Pipe Band gave a performance before the women’s match between the Anchorage Foxes and Fairbanks Ravens. The band formed a circle with three bagpipers and two drummers and played a final composition while walking off the field.
A golden cleat trophy attached to a wooden base with “Springfest 2013” etched in, was given to the tournament champions, and the Golden Days Rugby Tournament will be held later this summer. In ice dodgeball, the team led Gavin Meggert received a golden flamingo trophy for winning first place. Quidditch was ultimately cancelled because of the weather and responses from students have been neutral.
“One of the girls in my COMM class gave a presentation on Quidditch, and that was cool,” said Julita, a student assistant handing out root beer floats at the Student Offering Leadership Development.