VIDEO: Students Gather at Mane Event

April 30, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Video and editing by Sydney Giesey

Students gathered on the main quad Friday to take a break before finals and enjoy the food and fun at this year’s fiesta themed Mane Event. From bounce houses and a mechanical bull to henna tattoos and caricatures, students had plenty of activities to choose from. Even Peruna made an appearance at the event.

Winding Down The Year With Mane Event

April 30, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Mane Event featured booths for food, fortune tellers and caricature drawings to help students take a break before finals. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Mane Event featured booths for food, fortune tellers and caricature drawings to help students take a break before finals. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Nicolette Schleisman

It’s that time of year again. The semester is coming to a close, summer is just around the corner and the SMU Student Foundation put on their annual Mane Event on the Main Quad Friday afternoon.

It featured several things to do for students including: a zip line, waterslides, jousting, caricature artists, henna, fortune telling and Billy Buttons. There was also a couple of radio stations, including SMU radio, as well as food from Stromboli’s Pizza, Quesa d-ya’s, Ball’s Hamburgers, Paciugos and turkey legs. Peruna also made a festive visit to Mane Event.

It is meant to be a fun family friendly event to help students get their minds off finals for an afternoon.

SMU sophomore Katy Grossman came out to Mane Event to blow off some steam.

“It’s far enough away from finals that, it’s Friday, I want to relax, I don’t want to worry about finals,” Grossman said. “I’ll study this weekend.”

SMU freshman Thomas Griffin saw it as a celebration instead of thinking about how close finals are.

“I’m just here for fun,” Griffin said. “It’s basically my last day of class, I thought it’d be a good way to sorta celebrate.”

Student Senate for Student Foundation funds the event, which allows for all students to enjoy it with no cost.

SMU sophomore Staci Talamonti was in charge of putting on the event this year. She and a committee have been working on putting the event together since January.

“It’s basically to celebrate classes are over and give students something fun to do,” Talamonti said. “Kind of like a family friendly thing to do.”

The Student Foundation also invited the student organizations around campus to be involved for a minimum donation of $50.

Some of the organizations that were involved included the Markets and Culture Club, Delta Sigma Pi, Women’s Interest Network and the VSA Student Organization.

Clarke Mickum, a freshman member of Delta Sigma Pi, volunteered her time at the dunk tank they were sponsoring. Mickum wanted to get involved with Mane Event because she thought it would be fun.

“I have lots of friends in Student Foundation and I’m in DSP and whenever there’s an opportunity to get involved on campus, I usually take it cause it’s always fun,” Mickum said.

All Student Foundation members help out with Mane Event since it is such a large event.

Taylor Pass, SMU freshman and member of the Student Foundation, enjoyed helping to put it on this year.

“It’s just a really good way to end the year and just have everyone free food, free games, free rides and everything,” Pass said.

Pass also displayed a great interest to be on the committee next year to help put on Mane Event.

A modern dance class also decided to participate in the fun around campus, as they had their class on the quad. They brought a lot of attention and some people even crashed their class to take part in the conga drums and fun dancing.

Family Weekend and Homecoming are next on the list of events for the Student Foundation.

Students take turns going down the water slide at this year's Mane Event. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Students take turns going down the water slide at this year's Mane Event. (PHOTO BY NICOLETTE SCHLEISMAN / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Students Take Study Break at Mane Event

May 3, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Theresa Nelson

The lawn in front of Dallas Hall was transformed Friday afternoon into a carnival-like end of the year bash. SMU’s Student Foundation hosted their annual Mane Event, giving students a chance to get out of the library for a few hours and enjoy the not-so-perfect weather. Despite it being overcast and humid, students played, ate and hung out with friends before going their separate ways for summer.

SMU looked more like a theme park, complete with a moon bounce, zip line, inflatable obstacle course, caricature artist, photo booth, henna tattoos and a psychic to let curious students know how they were going to do on their finals.

Junior Stephen Reiff said he jumped at the chance to get out of the library for a few hours and enjoy himself.

“Next week is going to be crazy with studying and finals, so this was the perfect way to enjoy myself before I really have to hunker down and study,” Reiff said.

According to event co-coordinator Ken Bell, that is exactly why Student Foundation puts on this event. “It’s a great way to bring everyone together and have some fun,” Bell said.

And many students came out to take advantage of the free food being offered at the event. A variety of local restaurants including Pluckers and Wild About Harry’s sponsored the event, and similar to any real fair, the food was an important attraction. There was everything from giant turkey legs, quesadillas, cotton candy and ice cream for hungry students to munch on.

Student Foundation was estimating that nearly 1,000 students would take part in the event festivities, and this year they decided to make their marketing strategy a little different in hopes of generating more buzz around the event.

A few weeks ago students may have noticed the pink flamingo yard decorations that were placed all around campus and in the lawns of the fraternity and sorority houses. The only thing the flamingos said was “May 1, 3-6 p.m.”

“Students starting asking around, wondering what those flamingos were for, and that is exactly what we wanted,” Danielle Storey, Development co-chair for Student Foundation, said. And they let students wonder for about a week before Student Foundation unveiled the theme for the Mane Event. “It’s supposed to be like a neon, kind of 80s summer bash,” Storey said.

Bell said he felt that everyone present enjoyed themselves, and that means that the event served its purpose. “This is the event I look forward to every year,” Bell said. “It’s just a celebration, and it’s all about the students having a good time.”

Campus News Blog: SMU’s Student Foundation to host Mane Event Friday

April 30, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Morgan Parmet

Come one, come all! SMU Student Foundation presents their annual Mane Event Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the main quad. Students can come out for some friendly competition, food, games, entertainment, prizes and more.

“It’s the last day of classes and students deserve a break! It is also a longstanding university tradition,” said Keelie Rood, Director of Administration.

For a little fun, Mane Event will have photo booths, henna tattoos, fortune tellers and caricatures.

If you’re in more of an inflatable mood, obstacle courses, sumo wrestling, and inflatable zip lines (provided by the Program Council) will be set up to compete against your friends.

But why just go for the fun and inflatables? It will feel like you’re at the Texas State Fair with turkey legs, snow cones, cotton candy, and popcorn to go around. Venders like Wild About Harry’s Custard, Pluckers, and Quesa-d-ya’s will also be on the grounds to give your tastebuds a treat.

Last, but not least make sure to put on your dancing shoes. A Dance Contest will take place and prizes will be awarded.

Mane Event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.