Festival aims to make students feel at home
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 25, 2013 00:10
This week the UConn Late Night will be holding the Harvest Festival on Saturday night from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Harvest Festival will have activities including decorating pumpkins, making a scarecrow and face painting. Late Night is not just about having fun though, as the staff also hopes to foster the UConn community. The event will focus on the care of the students who are reminded of family and their home due to fall.
“I think a lot of people find that there’s a lot of homey things attached to [fall]. So whatever we can do to make our students feel like they are more at home than that’s what we do for Late Night,” said Student Activities Program Office Staff Member Em Loisel.
They also want to help students to enjoy fall with the activities planned for the night.
“It is that time of year where pumpkin spice lattes are in and it’s fall. I personally enjoy doing the whole fall-related stuff like pumpkin carving and that good stuff. We won’t actually be doing pumpkin carving but just the celebrating the time of year it is,” said Loisel.
Due to the fact that the Late Night will be “celebrating the time of year,” it will give an opportunity to reach out and grow as a community of UConn students.
“Late Night also provides a unique opportunity for socializing, organizational development, friendship and student involvement,” the Late Night website states.
For this Late Night, the goal is to give students the ability to have a fall experience within the UConn community.
“One of our main goals is to make sure that people feel included and ways to build communities on campus. We use Late Night as a tool to be able to do that,” Loisel said.
The Late Night staff hopes that they have a large turnout.
“We always hope that there are going to be students who see a program that they are interested in and see themselves having fun at that activity,” Loisel said. “We hope that a lot of people will show up.”
Every weekend Late Night does a themed night for both Friday and Saturday night where students are able to enjoy fun activities. The staff running this event includes the students that work at Late Night. They are also involved in planning as well running the event and breaking it down when it is finished.
“UConn Late Night is a program designed to provide the UConn student body with free, fun, exciting quality entertainment that appeals to a diverse population during peak social times on Friday and Saturday night,” stated the UConn Late Night website.
Every Friday and Saturday night, a new themed Late Night will be going on from 9pm to 1am in the Student Union. They are free and all students are welcome to attend. Late Night also does giveaways if a student goes to Late Night frequently using their Late Night passport. Some items include a Late Night T-shirt or an iPad mini.