The festivities started with HPU
clubs opening booths from which they passed out candy to HPU
students and the local community—or invited the public
to play games such as ring toss. Free soda and Papa John’s
pizza was provided, and the HPU Band treated participants to
This is a great opportunity for HPU to get out into the community,
and it gives HPU clubs a chance to unite,” said Kelly White,
president of Circle K.
Circle K hosted a “Peter Pan” theme and invited Hoop-La
goers to join them in Never-Never Land to watch group members
reenact the story of Peter Pan.
ASHPU created the town of Bedrock from papier-mâché and
gave participants a chance to win prizes in Bedrock Bowling.
The Pre-Med Society got the most attention with their “Mad Scientists.” They
gave everyone a chance to feel clues to solve the mystery of “monkey eyes” and “cow
brains,” and participants had to reach for their candy through the abdomen
of a cadaver!
Other groups contributing to the Hoop-La included the Student
Athletic Advisory Committee, the Dance Team and Cheer Squad,
the Spirit Club, and the Environmental
Club, whose entire booth was created with recycled decorations.
This is a fun, safe way to start our Halloween fun,” said Sheila Grooters,
who brought her four-year-old son to the celebration.
Participants ranged from a 44-year-old witch to a three-year-old
princess. There were also inflatable bouncers for the children
and free-throw and three-point
contests for everyone to enjoy.
To complete the event, the cheer and dance team performed and the basketball
team showed us what they could do in an intersquad scrimmage. The highlights
of the night were the revealing of a shark as the new HPU mascot and watching
several HPU faculty members show off their basketball talents in the faculty
scrimmage—which they won by two points.
The 2003-2004 basketball team is looking forward to a very
exciting season. Everyone is encouraged to come cheer them
on. Their first home game is Nov.
28 at Mid-Pacific
against Humboldt State, at 7:30 p.m.