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Free food, activities to highlight annual Up All Night

Chuck Miller/Staff Photographer Gaylord freshman Nelson Gast prepares to go the the inflatable game called "Wrecking Ball." The game is the only one in the state and students played it during CMU's annual Up All Night put on by Student Life Jan. 24, 2013 in the Student Activity Center.

To college students, all-nighters are all too common. On Friday, Central Michigan University will add its annual twist to the term.

Students looking for a fun and free way to spend time in the wee hours of the night can look no further than this year's Up All Night.

The scheduled festivities start at 11 p.m. Friday and continue until 3 a.m. in the Student Activity Center.

The event offers free food from local businesses, as well as games including glow in the dark miniature golf, laser tag, dodgeball and blow up inflatable games. There will also be an opportunity for students to win meet-and-greet passes to the Lee Brice concert on Saturday, provided by the CMU Program Board.

Students can also choose from caricature artists, casino games and bingo for their entertainment.

According to a press release from the Office of Student Activities and Involvement, students will  have the chance to win "fast passes," which allow them and one friend to skip to the front of any activity line at the event.

The passes can be won at promotional tables, set up Monday in the Bovee University Center, which will be open throughout the week leading up to Up All Night.

“I think it’s a great way for students to meet other students they wouldn’t normally meet,” said Westland junior Louise Sawaya.

Up All Night is free for students with their CMU IDs, and admission costs $5 for the general public.

“I went my freshman year and it was a lot of fun,” said Belleville senior Nicole Infante. “They get local artists to come play and it ended up being really cool"