Students to dress up pumpkins for prizes

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This college presents a free pumpkin-decorating contest Oct. 15 to begin Halloween, fall festivities.

By Hannah Norman

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

Illustration by Alexandra Nelipa

 

The age-old tradition of pumpkin decorating marks the first of many spooky festivities for the October calendar at this college.

The office of student life is hosting a free opportunity for students to show off their creative side by providing 30 pumpkins that can be decorated with pipe cleaners, pompoms, feathers, paints and other supplies.

“Halloween is pretty big here at SAC,” said Carrie Hernandez, senior student success specialist.

The pumpkin decorating contest is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

Last year the office of student success had a pumpkin-carving event, but the amount of flies and unpleasant smell from the displayed pumpkins prompted Hernandez to choose a decorating event this year.

Students will compete in three different categories for the chance to win a gift basket filled with candies, treats and drinks.

“We will pick three winners and we’re going to do the funniest, scariest and the most original — it’s how we also do the costume contest categories,” she said.

The winners of the pumpkin decorating contest will be announced at the costume contest at noon Oct. 29 in the cafeteria of Loftin.

Hernandez said she hopes students will begin paying more attention to the announcements on campus bulletin boards.

“Sometimes I do talk to students a lot and they don’t even know,” she said. “And then they’re all like ‘how do you find out about that?’”

The office of student life updates campus events weekly. It helps to become more involved and know what’s happening on this campus, she said.

Hernandez expects the Student Government Association, Campus Activities Board, members of the boxing club and the upcoming fashion show participants will join the event.

“The whole point of all our events is just to engage our students and get them involved,” she said. “I think we use a lot of diversity in all the programming that we do cause we have all sorts of students.”

For more information, call Hernandez at 486-0125.

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