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Hubbard: 'Most successful Hoopla'

by Robin Hansson, staff writer


Despite the fact that the sun was still shining, HPU’s third annual Halloween Hoopla drew a record number of visitors to the school’s version of a safe trick-or-treating environment, held for the first time at the Blaisdell Arena Oct. 28. The event drew more than 1,000 students, faculty, and families who came to experience sports, costume contests, and a Halloween experience beyond the ordinary.

HPU’s Office of Student Life and Athletic Department teamed up to organize the event, which Student Life Director Heather Hubbard said was “the most successful Halloween Hoopla so far.”

According to Nathan Rudibaugh, Student Life administrative assistant, 23 clubs and organizations participated in this year’s Hoopla. Every booth had a different theme and different activities for the trick-and-treating children. The most popular booth seemed to be the donut-eating booth put on by the HPU baseball team. Whoever could eat the most donuts, or whoever could eat the fastest, won candy prizes. Just what they needed after four to five donuts in under a minute.

Also popular was the men’s and women’s cross country booth where children could throw darts to pop balloons. Anyone who popped a balloon won candy, and the more balloons you popped, the more candy you won.

The Spirit Club, which had public safety as the theme for its booth, won the Student Life contest and received a $300 check for its efforts. Were the Spirit Club cheers inside the arena, as the athletic teams took over the event, just a little bit louder than usual?

The most appreciated game of the night was the faculty dodgeball event. Two teams of faculty throwing balls at each other prompted plenty of laughs from both the participants and the spectators. One HPU student, dressed in a striped prisoner outfit, was overheard saying: “It’s cool to see the faculty in a different role.”

With the faculty eliminated, people paraded their costumes for the audience, who decided the winners by the volume of their applause. Winner of the top award was 18-months-old, Suhana Liedtke, daughter of Assistant Director of Admissions Scott Liedtke. She danced her way up on stage dressed in a Winnie-the-Pooh-style, piglet costume to receive a 27-inch flat screen TV,
After the contest, the focus moved to the center of the arena where the HPU basketball team showed what it does best. The players split up into green and white teams for a short, friendly scrimmage that ended in a tie, 24-24.

Dante Sykes, HPU point guard, (he’s only 6 feet 2 inches), impressed the crowed with a number of spectacular dunks to win the slam-dunk contest and a year of bragging rights.



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