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
nschleisma@smu.edu

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)

Courtenay’s Cuts: Blog #2

March 24, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Courtenay Paris
cparis@smu.edu

Daniel Hart and me at Hometapes's Friend Island. Gorgeous weather and glorious music. Pony up!

Daniel Hart and me at Hometapes's Friend Island. Gorgeous weather and glorious music. Pony up!

Does the Home Match the Tapes?

Fear not eager readers, for I bring good tidings of great joy: it is a special edition of Courtenay’s Cuts! I’m sure most of you are aware of a little music festival that took place last week in Austin, Texas. I was very aware of it this past week as I stayed in Dallas because SMU was so kind as to schedule our spring break for the week before the music portion of South by Southwest. So finally the jealousy that grew each time I checked my twitter overcame me. I made the trek down to Austin on Saturday to go to Hometapes’s Friend Island party. And Friend Island it certainly was! Free organic pancakes, amazing weather, and some incredible bands all made for a very enjoyable day.

So long story a bit shorter: when you combine Friend Island with the shows I also attended in Dallas this week, I have seen a lot of bands play this week. I take it as a general rule to live by that when you’ve done/seen/heard at least six of something, it’s time to narrow it down to a top five. And everyone knows a live performance gives you so much more than your iTunes could ever offer you, so the last.fm top five is going to have to wait a week.

The top five live performances I witnessed for the week of March 16, 2009:

5. Sam Amidon at Friend Island
Samamidon kicked off Friend Island bright and early. I’ve been digging this guy since his record “All is Well” came out early last year. He absolutely did not disappoint – I walked up to Friend Island to hear faint sounds of a banjo and was delighted to see Samamidon playing outside for a small crowd of people. Perfect way to start off a great day. Read more