In these, the coldest days of winter, it is hard to enjoy doing anything other than curling up under a mound of blankets and turning on the TV. For the past eight years, UMD has been giving students a reason to get out and enjoy winter with the activities of Out Cold Week. This year’s Out Cold Week will be held Mon., Feb. 10 through Sat., Feb. 15. With events ranging from the Man of the Year competition to the Polar Bear Plunge, it is a great time for students to have some fun before the semester gets too busy.
Amanda Taylor, traditions chair for the Kirby Program Board (KPB), has spent the last three months planning Out Cold Week. This is Taylor’s second year coordinating the winter spirit week, and she expresses how she really wants to see it grow. “Out Cold Week is mainly run by student organizations, and I want to get more student organizations involved every year.” With something going on every day, she is excited for all the activities, but she does have a few favorites. “I always like the Man of the Year competition, and I am really excited to jump in the lake again.”
Some of the highlighted events include:
The Man of the Year competition, which kicks off this year’s celebration on Monday starting with a social hour at 6 pm and the event starting at 7 pm in the Kirby Ballroom.
Tuesday’s main events include a seminar about sustainability in Antarctica at 12 pm in the Library Rotunda and Open Mic held in the Kirby Rafters at 9 pm.
The Yeti Film Festival screening is on Wednesday in Chem 200 at 6 pm and a fashion show entitled “Layers are Sexy!” is at 7 pm in the Rafters.
Thursday there will be awards for the Yeti Film Festival in Bohannon 90 at 6 pm, the Acoustic Guitar Competition in the Rafters at 7 pm, and the Date-a-Palooza in the Kirby Ballroom from 6–11 pm.
On Friday, take part in the Salsa Challenge in Kirby Commons from 11 am–2 pm. Later, enjoy the APAA (Asian Pacific American Association) Valentine's Dance from 7–10 pm in Kirby Rafters.
All these events lead up to the grand finale on Saturday when students and Duluth residents will jump into Lake Superior for the Polar Bear Plunge.
Along with all these events, there will be numerous tabling events and giveaways including KUMD’s 3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt for the frozen 45.
For more information about the events listed here and everything else going on throughout the week, check out KPB’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kirbyprogramboard.
Written by Katherine Revier Feb. 2014