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The Madness Is Back

EC Madness, the recreation of Midnight Madness, is taking over the gym Friday at 8pm.

According to Nick Sczerbinski, Assistant Sports Information Director, the event is comprised of games and events that students, both athletes and non-athletes, compete in. Two varsity teams are paired up and receive a color. Students who attend the event are assigned one of the colors, sit in that color’s section, and cheer for that colored team. If your team wins an event, the raffle that follows each event will be pulled from that color section’s tickets.

“We’re going to have athletes pulling people out of the crowd to be in,” Sczerbinski says. “So for every athlete competing in an event, there will also be a fan competing in the event.”

This event differs from the previous Midnight Madness in that it involves more contests, prizes, giveaways, and raffles. There will also be a performance from the Dance Team, who will also be competing in the events.

Discussion about EC Madness began over the summer, when Director of Athletics Alexis Mastronardi, Vice President of Student Affairs Patricia Rissmeyer, and Assistant Director of Student Activities–and head of EC Superfans–Kevin Farrell sat down and discussed the possibility of creating such an event.

They asked themselves, what was the purpose of such an event? What did they want to accomplish?

From there, the group sought the input of students living on campus for the summer, those participating in sports, research, and Housing Assistants. They asked students what they enjoyed about the former event, Midnight Madness, and what they would like to see in a future event.

After, they met with some of the athletic’s staff, including the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and after discussions, EC Madness was born.

The goal of the event was to build spirit on campus, as well as bring student athletes and students together in an event. The group wanted to excite the student body about athletics.

“It’s not just an athletics event, it’s really a student body event,” says Sczerbinski.

There is also little concern that the event will become the “party” that Midnight Madness did.

“I think that when you have a giant portion of the student body in one place for a major on-campus event, I think there are always concerns,” says Mastronardi. “But we’re going to have administrators and staff members and coaches there who can hopefully manage those things.”

Farrell agrees, “I don’t think at all that we will have any of the issues that we’ve had in the past.”

The hope is that this event will continue into next year and the years to come, according to Mastronardi. “I’m of the mindset of, that if something’s fun, and maybe it got out of hand, or wasn’t done appropriately, let’s figure out a way to make it work so that we can continue to have fun and it’s still a good event.”

Posted by on October 22, 2015. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.