Eagle Spirit week is here and Eastern is ready to celebrate. Nov. 5 through Nov. 7 bring several activities which both students and community members can participate in.
Nov. 5 there will be a bonfire and pep rally downtown beginning at 7 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. where attendees will be able to enjoy performances by the EWU marching band, cheer squad and Swoop. Guests will also have the opportunity to listen to a few guest speakers, such as coach Beau Baldwin and football players. After all speakers and performers have finished, Student Activities Involvement and Leadership (SAIL) adviser for campus programs Sundi Musnicki said attendees will then turn their attention to the bonfire where a large ax will be burnt to represent an Eagle victory over the Lumberjacks.
After the bonfire and pep rally the bed races will take place on first street downtown. The bed races are designed to get both students and community members involved as anyone can create a team. The winners of the bed races will not only have bragging rights but they will also receive a cash prize. According to SAIL director Stacy Reece, bed races are a long standing tradition dating back to the 70s when the Kinnikinnick, the former yearbook for Eastern, had its last publication.
Once the events downtown have finished students will have the opportunity to attend, free of charge, a recycled Halloween costume themed dance, during which attendees will wear old Halloween costumes, in the PUB Multi-Purpose Room at 9 p.m. A homecoming dance has not always been a part of Eagle Spirit week but Musnicki said SAIL wanted to include it this year as an alternative for students wishing to go out and have fun after the bonfire but in an alcohol free environment.
“The dance is sponsored by new student, transition and parent programs and national residence hall honorary which is affiliated with housing and residential life,” Musnicki said.
Saturday Nov. 7 brings the first day of Parents Weekend, the parade, the ASEWU “100 years of Leadership” reception, a family carnival and the football game.
Combining Eagle Spirit Week and Parents Weekend is a new idea. “The goal is to get more participation and for parents to feel like this is also their home,” Reece said.
The parade will be on Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. and will start by the EWU Surplus Building and end at Arevalo Student Mall. Reece said this event is the most all-inclusive and usually the most popular, next to the bonfire, because anyone wishing to participate need just fill out the form on EagleSync by 4 p.m. Nov. 4. The parade is estimated to last 30 minutes and will transition directly into the carnival which will also be located in the PUB Multi-Purpose Room and will end at 1:30 p.m.
During this time from noon to 1 p.m. ASEWU will have their leadership reception to celebrate 100 years of service to the students of EWU.
Saturday’s events will conclude with the football game at 3:05 p.m. against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. Unfortunately the game has been sold out for a few weeks. Students wishing to attend the game may still do so if the bring their Eagle Card to the game with them. They will swipe their cards and be let in until the student section of Roos Field is full.
The week is full of events where students can have fun and show their school spirit. Get out there and show what it means to be an Eagle.