The University Program Council is famous for bringing divers events to Auburn’s campus. This week UPC hosted several events for students to partake in on campus. On Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2008, Tiger Mania was held on Cater Lawn. Tiger Mania is equivalent to the annual event Tiger Nights, except that it is held during the day.

Erin Hutchins, the director of volunteers for UPC, has been involved with UPC for four years. As director of volunteers, Hutchins is responsible for taking applications for UPC, running the interview process and planning the committee retreat. She and the other directors are in charge of keeping other members of UPC involved. Hutchins was at the event and happy about the turnout at Tiger Mania.

“It’s a great success so far,” Hutchins said. “We’ve had about 400 people pass through, so we’ll probably do it again in the future.”

Tiger Mania began at 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Students stopped by between classes and received free pizza, popcorn and cotton candy. There were also inflatable moon bounces and boxing rings for students wanting to take a break and have fun.

This event was the second of several events that UPC hosted during the week. Tuesday night, there was a movie showing of Wanted in Dudley Hall. On Thursday, UPC sponsored Open Mic Night at the student center. Open Mic Night takes place annually and serves as an event for students to showcase their talents.

“Come out and showcase your talents,” Hutchins said. “If you have poetry, you can sing, play an instrument, just come out and enjoy it. Have fun.”

Friday night UPC hosted a Gaming Tournament in the student center. Students participated in games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. O.A.R. is the headline act for the annual concert that UPC provides to Auburn students. The concert is Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. The concert is for AU students only, and tickets are free.

Future events that UPC plans to host include various movies presented throughout the semester, including Get Smart, Step Brothers and Pineapple Express. UPC will also provide seminars and workshops, a stand-up comedy event and a viewing of the Auburn vs. West Virginia football game.

“We are doing that in conjunction with SGA,” Hutchins said of the football game viewing. “It will probably be done on Cater Lawn, here, with a big screen.”

UPC provides multiple events each semester that are available to students. There are 11 committees that make up UPC, and the council serves the programming interests of the students. The events are free and located on campus. For more information on UPC and upcoming events, visit the UPC website at www.auburn.edu/upc.


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