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.