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"Embracing Community Spirit: A Recap of the Winter Carnival & Football Glory"

Updated: Feb 18

Anika Raisa Chowdhury, Student Life Editor

Outdoor activities during the Winter Carnival: Ice Sculpture making, bonfire, and games. Photo//Office of Student Life

On February 8th, the Renick University Center was buzzing with excitement as students, faculty, and staff gathered for a day of festivities following Chancellor Domenico Grasso's highly anticipated State of the University address. The event kicked off at 1 p.m. inside Kochoff Hall, where Chancellor Grasso delivered an inspiring speech outlining the university's achievements and vision for the future. 

As the address concluded, the Winter Carnival sprang to life, enveloping the Renick University Center and its patio in an atmosphere of celebration and cheer. From 2 p.m. onwards, attendees were treated to a delightful array of activities and treats that promised something for everyone.

The aroma of hot chocolate beckoned guests as they made their way through the carnival grounds, while churros and s'mores stations offered delectable treats. Outdoors, the scene was nothing short of magical, with crackling bonfires casting a warm glow and live sculpting of mesmerizing intricate ice sculptures. Some attendees indulged in outdoor corn hole with their friends. 

Students are occupied with crafts and designs. Photo//Office of Student Life

Inside the Renick University Center dining area, a special guest awaited – the 2024 College Football National Championship trophy! Attendees eagerly lined up for the chance to capture a photo with the coveted trophy, a tangible symbol of athletic triumphs. Also, craft stations were set up, so students could create Valentine-themed cards or design tote bags with the supplies.

Students Posing for a photo with the trophy. Photo//Vanessa Weber

Additionally, the Wellness Center’s ice arena was open for all students to skate while sipping on hot cocoa. While the main campus was buzzing with all the winter activities and festivities, the Fairlane Center South atrium buzzed with activity as those unable to attend the RUC festivities enjoyed their own hot chocolate, treats, and crafts. Throughout the carnival, the sound of music played by WUMD, an organization under Wolverine Media Network, filled the air, providing the perfect soundtrack for the day's festivities.

One of the highlights of the carnival was the presence of Bruce the Goose, the beloved campus buddy, who delighted attendees with his playful antics and photo opportunities. 

Attendees posing for a photo with Bruce. Photo//Office of Student Life

It was a day of unity and celebration, bringing together the community in a shared spirit of camaraderie and joy. The Winter Carnival, organized by the Office of Student Life served as a reminder of the university's vibrant environment and the countless opportunities for connection and celebration it offers.

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