Orientation: Geek in Gear: Block party preview

Come the first Friday of fall semester, decorated booths line the sidewalks in the center of campus for the Block Party. I have to admit that it’s probably my favorite school event of the year. Besides all the free stuff you can usually pick up as you meander about in between classes, it’s a time for Weber State University clubs and organizations to recruit and students to find their next extracurricular activity.

This year’s ninth annual Block Party has a theme of Wildcat Wonderland and will take place on Aug. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Besides booths, which will be judged for awards based on creativity or coolness or whatever else the judges are looking for, the party will see the continuation of several smaller events.

For starters, it’s a great time to come to campus hungry. There’s the President’s Purple Pancake Breakfast from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. What more can I say about it besides that it’s free breakfast? And it’s purple.

Then in the afternoon, the Taste of the Town comes back for its second year. This features local restaurants that bring in samples of their food. Last year saw restaurants like Barbacoa, Jimmy John’s and Pita Pit. While the rest of the Block Party is free to attend, Taste of the Town costs $5, but trust me, if it’s anything like last year, it’s definitely more than worth it for the variety and amount of food.

There will also be live stage entertainment from start to closing and a pep rally at 11:30 a.m. The Block Party will then lead into more events on the lower part of campus that you won’t want to miss out on, and the night will end with the Foam Party. Last year, the party was held at University Village, but this year, it will move back onto main campus in the pay lot next to Student Services.

If you’re new to the school or have been here for years, at the very least, the Block Party is a great time to see what campus has to offer for the upcoming year. More information about the Wildcat Block Party can be found online at http://www.weber.edu/blockparty/.