Published by The Critograph on May 3, 2017
Katherine Graves, Copy Desk Chief-
Finals Blowout will occur in partnership with Crabfest this semester, and both events will take place from 1 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 6.
This semester’s Finals Blowout will include several inflatables, bubble ball soccer, a Velcro wall and tie dying on the Dell. There will also be a simulation roller coaster, carnival games, a photo booth, face painting, a balloon artist, a bumper sticker maker, popcorn and cotton candy makers and more on the third floor of the Drysdale Student Center, said junior Kaecy Gibaud, SAB’s event coordinator.
Crabfest will have crab, crab dip, baguettes, pita and drinks in the Hall Campus Center Ballroom. Pok-E-Joe’s food truck will also be parked behind Hundley Hall. Senior Angelica Santiago Gonzalez, the vice-president of SGA, stated that SGA is working on coordinating a vegetarian option with the cafeteria. The Dining Hall will be open at the same time as its regular semester lunch and dinner hours during this time.
Students can win prizes at Finals Blowout by attending, Gibaud stated.
Students should bring their IDs, which will be used to check students into the event with the Check I’m Here app, now called CheckPoint by Presence. The app’s list of students’ names will be entered into a name generator, which will select the prize winners, said Gibaud.
Student can win prizes such as a TV, a hammock, The Coolest Cooler (which includes a built-in blender, BlueTooth speakers and USB charger), a portable waterproof speaker, a smartwatch, a mermaid blanket and a laptop, stated Gibaud.
The winners’ names will be announced through the sound systems on the Dell, in Drysdale and in the Ballroom throughout the day.
Students will also be able to win carnival prizes by playing games, Gibaud said.
By attending Finals Blowout and Crabfest early, attendees can receive free shirts, items and food. The first 150 people at Finals Blowout will receive free t-shirts.
At Crabfest, the first people to attend the event can receive tank tops commemorating Finals Blowout on the front and Crabfest on the back, Santiago Gonzalez said. The first 100 people at Crabfest will receive customized mallets, and the first 500 people will receive disposable crab bibs.
SGA has provided funds to Pok-E-Joe’s food truck, so a number of the first meals will be free. The meals are first come first served, stated Santiago Gonzalez.
Previous Finals Blowouts featured carnivals rides. This semester, SAB decided to forgo the rides in favor of a roller coaster simulator, more inflatables and more novelties because students complained that the rides were “rickety,” said Gibaud.
The novelties at the event will include monogrammed cups, wire writing, a balloon artist, a face-painting artist and a bumper sticker maker, Gibaud stated.
Moving Finals Blowout to daytime was a matter of safety and convenience. Gibaud said she hopes more people will be able to attend the event since it will take place during the day. She also said she didn’t want first-year students to have to walk across campus to the Wake Field House, where the event has taken place in the past.
“I thought during the day would be a little safer, better, more appropriate,” stated Gibaud.
Finals Blowout moved to the Dell because of its convenience to students and because the Shellenberger Field may be used for the Old Dominion Athletics Conference, Gibaud said.
“We wanted it to be more centralized, and so I thought being able to use Drysdale when people are going to the cafeteria or anything like that would be perfect to get their attention,” stated Gibaud.
Finals Blowout is rain or shine, but some outdoor events, like bubble ball soccer, will be cancelled if it rains. Activities that can be moved into Drysdale will be moved there if it rains, Gibaud said.
Finals Blowout is part of SAB’s “Best Weekend Ever.” On Wednesday, Anthony “Chico” Bean from “Wild ‘N Out” will perform a comedy show at 5:30 p.m. in Westover. Thursday, Brian Rudo will perform an adrenaline comedy show at 5 p.m. in the Burton Dining Hall.
On Friday, The Movie in the Dell will feature the film “Split” at 8 p.m., and SAB will hand out free blankets. The “Best Weekend Ever” concludes with Finals Blowout.
SGA has organized a “Drysdale Destress” event on Thursday, May 11. In Drysdale, Late Night Breakfast will be served from 10 p.m. to midnight in the dining hall. The event also includes massages, movie showings of “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” and “22 Jump Street,” bubble wrap, piñatas and a paint night in spaces throughout the building.