Lauren Boone, Managing Editor

Many student organizations came together to throw the first-ever #Epic late-night event on March 21 in Gerhard Fieldhouse.

Headed by the Campus Activities & Programs (CAP) Center, 15 student organizations collaborated to throw a unifying event for the campus community. Organizations involved included Activities & Campus Events (ACE), Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council (IFC), CHOICE, Late Night at KLARC, Residential Advisor (RA) Council, The BucknellianBlack Student Union, Bucknell Student Government (BSG), Uptown, and Outdoor Education & Leadership.

Tailored for the University student body, the event featured an assortment of free food, fun activities to enjoy with friends, and live student performances.

The variety of free food was nothing short of epic. Options included ice cream, snow cones, meatball subs, chicken wings, egg rolls, cookie dough on a stick, corn dogs, soft pretzels, French fries, cotton candy, funnel cake, and popcorn.

While the food was a hit, the entertainment was also a crowd pleaser. The event featured giveaways, arcade games, a caricature artist, a screen print t-shirt making station, a photo booth, letter art mugs, DIY leather bracelets, black light neon climbing wall, synthetic ice rink, and extreme laser tag.

To top the night off, #Epic featured several student performances. Musical acts included HMS Pinafore; Ben Garner ’15; John Chestnut ’14; Truck Bed Band; Eric Gowat ’17 and Jon Leung ’17; Katie Alt ’15 and Connor Schaum; Lara Murray ’16 and Abbie Titus ’15; and the finals of the BSU Rap Battle.

The student performers were just as excited to be on stage. “I had a great time playing the event, and I was thrilled to be the opener. It’s not something I’ll forget soon,” Garner said.

“When Abbie [Titus] and I got there, we were extremely intimidated by the size of the stage and the number of people at the event. I don’t think either of us had ever performed for anything nearly as big as #Epic! It was really cool,” Murray said.

“We were so excited to play for such a big audience because we have never played together in front of that many people. We picked a set list of popular and fun songs that we love to jam to, and we got some great responses from everyone. The best part was when we played ‘Love is an Open Door’ from ‘Frozen,’ the crowd just ate it up,” Gowat and Leung said.

#Epic provided an opportunity for the University community to spend a night together hanging out and enjoying fellow student performers.

“I had the really unique opportunity to work on a program with other students on campus that celebrates our Bucknell community and highlights so many favorite student programs on campus … not only did we have multiple student organizations working towards an event that truly reached all of campus, but we had over 2,000 people in attendance to show for it!” Assistant Director of the CAP center Chelsea Burghoff said.

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