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'Up All Night' provides free, fun activities for students


Valparaiso sophomore Erika Erlenback, Allendale sophomore Heather LaBrecque and Caledonia sophomore Katie Gontjes react to seeing their caricature during Up All Night in the Student Activity Center on March 25.

Students sacrificed sleep for fun with friends on Saturday night and early Sunday morning in the Student Activity Center.

"Up All Night" 2017 took place Saturday, March 25 to Sunday, March 26. Hosted by the Office of Student Activities and Involvement, the event provided a variety activities students were available to enjoy for free.

Participants waited in long lines for Henna tattoos, caricatures and photo booth photography. Other activities included a "Pinterest Party," glow bowling, laser tag, bingo, a dive-in movie in the pool, a disc jockey, tie-dye station and bubble soccer.

Free food included Little Caesar's Pizza, chicken wings, Insomnia cookies, popcorn and an ice cream bar.

Many students came out to enjoy tonight’s activities that were available for them.

Mattawan freshman Sarah Hoekstra decided to take a night off from studying to go to Up All Night.

“I chose to come to Up All Night because I usually stay in and study, so I wanted to get out and do something at night that seems (like a college activity)," Hoestrka said.

Davison sophomore Austin Szumowicz chose to return to "Up All Night" this year because he really enjoyed it in previous years. One of the activities he participated in was dancing.

“This is the second year I’ve come to this, and it’s always been the most fun I’ve ever had all year on campus, so I really enjoy coming here every time I come.” Szumowicz said

Drummond Island sophomore Hannah Aldridge also returned to Up All Night this year — this time with her friend. Aldridge said her favorite activity was laser tag.

“I went last year and I had a lot of fun so I figured I would take another friend with me and see if it was fun again this year," she said.