I Heart HU Week is a week of activities on campus hosted by the Campus Activities Board (CAB) that celebrates different aspects of Harding University. Each day hosts a different theme leading up to the Homecoming football game on Saturday, Nov. 1.
The theme days celebrate the reasons students, faculty and alumni love Harding: because “It Gives,” “It’s Festive,” “It’s Out of This World” and “It’s a Celebration.” Monday, Oct. 27, will be a day for campus to prepare. Schedule cards of the week’s activities will be distributed and there will be a cookie giveaway.
“It’s going to be an awesome week,” junior Phoebe Cunningham, CAB co-director, said. “The whole campus will be involved in what it means to be at Harding.”
Tuesday, Oct. 28, The Hunts, a folk-indie band, will perform on the front lawn for “It’s Festive” night. The campus will get to enjoy an autumn evening outside, or in the event of bad weather, the concert will be moved to the Administration Auditorium. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 29, “It Gives,” students are invited to participate in a chili and queso cook-off at 6 p.m. with a campus devotional following. Visit the CAB office in the Student Center to enter.
Thursday night there will be a repeat showing of “Guardians of the Galaxy” to celebrate “It’s Out of the World” in the Administration Auditorium at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Perhaps the most anticipated night of I Heart HU Week is the Friday night block party in Legacy Park. The block party fulfills the theme “It’s a Celebration” and is remembered as one of the more outlandish CAB events.
The 2013 block party took place after the Dave Barnes concert and this year will see the return of bonfires, a DJ, hot chocolate and hot cider. The entire street in front of Starbucks will be closed from traffic to accommodate for the celebration.
This year’s block party will follow the musical, “Shrek The Musical,” and will also feature a Halloween costume contest since the event falls on Halloween night. Prizes for the best costumes are yet to be determined.
“People who were there last year will definitely want to go back, and you always have freshmen who are excited for something going on on campus,” said senior Lily Armstrong, a CAB employee.
CAB expects a great turnout for the week’s events, all of which will promote the tailgate and the Homecoming football game on Saturday. For schedules of events, follow @hardingCAB on Twitter or see schedules that will be posted and distributed around campus.