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Halloween and basketball start with Hoop-la

by Becky Nelson, Student Life, editor

Ghosts, goblins—and basketball? The HPU Athletic Department and the Office of Student Life hosted their second annual Halloween Hoop-la held Oct. 30 at St. Andrew’s Priory to introduce the 2003-2004 HPU basketball team and to give HPU clubs and organizations a chance to build Halloween spirit for themselves and the community.


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 music.

“ 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.



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