WOW: bingo, kickball, painting, and mini games

Every Wednesday the residence halls at Minnesota State University, Mankato host events to bring students together. 

What’s on Wednesdays, usually abbreviated WOW, is described by Sussana Machinga, the McElroy Student Service Coordinator as, “An event that takes place for the community.”

WOWs usually take place around seven every Wednesday in the lobbies of the designated residence halls. 

Machinga further stated, “These events are a great time for students to just mix and mingle and relax.” 

WOW’s can range from pancake making, cupcake wars, dodgeball to international education. 

Jessica Stelton, a Crawford resident, said, “I’ve enjoyed being able to hang out with my floor and take a break from doing classwork when attending the WOWs.” 

The WOW for each week is typically displayed on a bulletin board in each residence hall’s lobby. The Community Advisers design and manage the events, so if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to them for more information regarding the events. 

This week, Crawford is hosting a kickball game starting at 6 p.m. where they will also be providing candy and temporary tattoos. 

McElroy is bringing students together with a painting and planting event starting at 7 p.m. Here, residents will be given a pot they have the opportunity to paint in any way their creative mind can muster before filling it with soil and their choice of flower seeds.

To get residents in a game show mode, Preska has planned a Minute to Win it challenge that will include seven different mini challenges for participants to complete. Some of these challenges include marshmallow stacking and bouncing ping pong balls into plates of whip cream. 

Residents can test their speed and endurance in these challenges from 8 to 9 p.m. in room 126 in hopes to win one of three prize baskets available in a raffle. Tickets for the raffle can be won when a challenge is completed in the provided sixty seconds or less. 

Preska Community Advisor Amy Gawisch encourages residents to come to the event.

“It is a great opportunity to meet people you’re going to see daily through the residential halls and just in passing. But also, you get free stuff, you get to mingle, you get out of your room. It’s just a great thing to do.” 

In addition to this, Julia Sears will be presenting an outdoor bingo event from 8 to 9 p.m. in the back of the building. 

The idea for bingo was heavily influenced by the large success that came from the Student Event Team’s Galactic Bingo event earlier this semester. 

Even if the event does not cater to your interest, residents are encouraged to stop by, say hello and grab a snack. As Stelton said, “They’re fun to try at least.” 

Be sure to check out the bulletin boards each week with the new events listed. You’ll be sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

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