Countdown to Campus Day

Countdown to Campus Day

by Carrie Myers

It’s that time of year again. Campus Day is quickly approaching and while some students see it as a great opportunity to do community service, others view it as a mid-week break and a time to party.

Wednesday, April 5 is Campus Day and the theme this year comes from Tom Brokaw, “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.”

According to sophomore Heather Gaffey, co-chair for the event, 20 teams have turned in applications, which is about half the number of teams who participated last year.

“It’s down from last year, but there are always last minute applications,” Gaffey said.

Gaffey said they are starting later in the day and have been sending out e-mails and putting up signs to get more students involved.

“We’re continually putting it in people’s minds and this year they get to sleep in a little later,” Gaffey said.

Students participating will be served breakfast from 9 to 9:45 a.m., where they will pick up their free T-shirts and packets of information about the community service they will be doing from 10 a.m. to noon.

At 1:30 p.m., there will be an intramural kickball tournament.

“In the past, they’ve had intramural activities on Campus Day, but they didn’t last year and we wanted to bring that back to end the day with,” Gaffey said.

Some students see Campus Day as a day to recover after a night of partying.

“All next week is going to be a party,” junior Krista Guillaume said. “People don’t seem excited. You get an e-mail and a T-shirt, that’s it. Also, who doesn’t like a day off in the middle of the week?”

Junior Kelsey Volkens said Campus Day is an excellent opportunity for students who really want to make a difference.

“Those who really care and truly want to do community service will sign up and those who don’t care as much won’t sign up,” Volkens said.

Gaffey understands some students see Campus Day as a time to let loose.

“We hope people want to participate,” Gaffey said. “It’s a Simpson tradition that has been around for a long time and it’s important to the Simpson community.”