Jamaican Me Crazy will provide sanity for students during final weeks of classes

In an effort to ease the stressful last weeks of the spring 2003 semester, University Activities Board of Fort Hays State University and other student organizations will host the second "Jamaican Me Crazy," Monday, April 28, through Friday, May 2.

The week will be filled with activities ranging from a volleyball tournament to a car bash to a luau in the quad.

"Custer Hall used to do Spring Fling for residence hall students," said Jacque McKenna, Jennings senior and student activities president.

"They were really huge, but in 2001 they began to get a lot smaller. The University Activities Board went to a competition in Omaha, Nebraska, and one of the student groups there had a Jamaican Me Crazy. We just fell in love with the name," she said.

"We brought it back to campus and combined the new activities with the Spring Fling ones and just brought things together for a week-long celebration that's full of fun-filled fun."

The celebration will begin Monday, April 28, with a diversity dance in Lewis Field from 7:30-9 p.m. The drive-in movie Old School will be shown at 9 p.m.

"We're really lucky to have the movie," McKenna said. "It's the first day that the movie can legally be shown out of theatres, so all of those people who missed it the first time will be able to see it again."

Tuesday will feature the co-ed Agnew Hall Volleyball Tournament beginning at 4 p.m. The Best Breasts Chicken Feed sponsored by McMindes Hall will be from 5-7 p.m. with tie-dyeing right afterwards. Matt Stevens, Milford junior, will be the disc jockey at the volleyball tournament and for the chicken feed.

Wednesday's activities begin at 4 p.m. with the Intramural 3-sport Challenge, sponsored by FHSU Intramurals. The Student Government Association's scavenger hunt will be from 6-8 p.m. Teams of up to four people will meet in front of Sheridan Hall at 6 p.m. and will be given a disposable camera to take pictures of themselves with their items. Most of the items will be on campus, but others may require the teams to visit G Willikers or the sorority houses. Prizes will be awarded at the luau Thursday for the most creative pictures.

At 8 p.m., the Tiger Idol Finals will be held at the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center in Sheridan Hall.

"Tiger Idol is a spin-off of 'American Idol,' " McKenna said. "We have some hardcore fans here in the office. There will be a variety panel of judges. It's a great chance to give students more music and to see some of the local talent on campus. Last year we did 'Fear Factor.' "

Thursday evening will be sponsored by Chartwells and will feature a luau on the quad from 5-8 p.m., inflatable games, mocktails, a car bash and a dating game.

Friday will conclude Jamaican Me Crazy with the Communication Club's Pork in the Park, held in Frontier Park. Food will be served beginning at 6 p.m. The event will last until 11 p.m. and will feature the talent of local bands Blind Ambition, a cover band, and the acoustic band Naked Maggie. Each act is expected to play for an hour.

Other groups sponsoring Jamaican Me Crazy are the Drug and Alcohol Wellness Network, McMindes Hall Council, Custer Hall Council, Residential Hall Association, Leadership Studies Association and the Hispanic American Leadership Organization.

McKenna said that approximately $3,000 in prizes will be given out during the week. Winning students must be present to receive their prizes.

"For being the first year last year, we were really excited with the reaction," McKenna said. "Students came out all three nights and enjoyed the activities. We probably wouldn't have done it this year if it wasn't for all of the positive reactions from last year."

Last spring, Jamaican Me Crazy received the best new program award at an annual award banquet held by the UAB, Student Affairs and Student Government.

All activities will be free with the exception of a small charge for Tuesday's Best Breasts Chicken Feed, which McKenna described as the answer to Wiest Hall's nut fry, and for the meal Thursday night. Students who have a meal plan will not be charged.

For more information, contact McKenna at the UAB office at (785) 628-5355.

"All of the events are open to all FHSU students," McKenna said. "It'll be a nice week-long, stress-relieving activity for students before finals."

"We're just hoping for students to have a good time."

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