By: Sophia Holton, Extreme Alaska
Even though some students can’t wait for winter to end, Nanook Traditions is hosting events to get through the coldest months.
Winter Carnival is one of the three Nanook Traditions that happen every year and will be starting this Thursday. It is a weekend long event that is from February 28th till March 2nd and includes all types of winter themed activities. The first record of a Winter Carnival was 1936 and started in Fairbanks.
There are events that happen every year and some activities that are added or taken away. “New this year is the Terrain Park that is opening, which people are really excited about,” said Katie Griffin, who is the student activities office assistant and helped plan Winter Carnival this year.
The UAF Traditions Board gets together at the beginning of the spring semester and starts planning what activities will occur. Different departments on campus are a part of this board like Residence Life and DRAW, according to Griffin.
The carnival starts at 1p.m. on Thursday with a pep rally in the Wood Center. “This is our kick off event every year,” said Griffin. This will include free root beer floats, poster making and other fun activities. The UAF cheerleaders and pep band will also be there to unite some school spirit.
The carnival continues throughout the weekend with some free activities for the community and UAF students. Some will be only a few dollars, like the learn how to ski lunch on Saturday for $5.
“The number one thing people associate with Winter Carnival, is the Governor’s Cup hockey series,” said Griffin. Friday will be the first hockey game of the Governor’s Cup, where the UAF Nanooks take on their rivals from UAA. These are known as the most heavily attended hockey games of the season, said Griffin. The game will be held at the Carson Center and the puck drops at 7:05 p.m.
On Saturday the second Governor’s Cup game will be held in Anchorage, where students can pay $30 for a bus ride to attend. “The Governor’s Cup last year was awesome,” said Lindsey Dudley, a student at UAF who took the bus down to anchorage last year. “It was definitely worth my money and I would recommend others to go.” The $30 includes the ride to and from anchorage, a ticket to the game, a thunderstix and a t-shirt.
For those who don’t take the trip to Anchorage, there are still tons of activities going on, including a women’ basketball game against the UAA Seawolves that will begin at 7p.m. at the Patty Center. Students get in for free with their polar express cards.
“Winter Carnival tends to be forgotten”, said Griffin. “We are hoping to a little more momentum on it in the next couple of years.”
Go to http://www.uaf.edu/woodcenter/activities/traditions/winter/ for more information on Winter Carnival and look for posters around campus.