Get excited Auburn! The University’s Program Council (UPC) is bringing the spirit of Mardi Gras to Cater Lawn this coming Tuesday, Feb. 16.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., UPC is hosting its annual Mardi Gras on the Plains event for students who would like to partake in the Mardi Gras festivities including free food, give away prizes and music.
“Students should be most excited for FREE King's cake, Mardi Gras beads and Moon Pies on their way to class!” said Anne Smead, the director of special projects for UPC.
UPC members will have soda and other free food along with the traditional King’s cake and Moon Pies for students to munch on, as well as throw out masks and beads. No worries - there is nothing needed in return.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Seth Hill, UPC treasurer. “Not everyone gets to go to New Orleans or Mobile, so it’s nice to be able to bring Mardi Gras to the Auburn campus for students to have a good time for the holiday.”
Seth encourages all students and friends to come out and celebrate on Cater Lawn. It will be a great time to relax and meet other students before, between or after classes.
The UPC leaders make sure that they are not only entertaining the student body on a social level, but are providing events that are educational, intercultural and sometimes personality building.
Mardi Gras on the Plains is not the only event UPC will host this month, it is also providing a couple movie events on campus.
On Feb. 18, UPC will be showing the movie, The Men Who Stare at Goats, starring George Clooney. The showing will take place in Haley 2370 at 7 p.m. Drinks and popcorn will be provided.
“Everybody loves a good comedy and Clooney, so I believe Auburn students would really enjoy this film,” said Hill.
A Dinner and Double Feature event will be on Feb. 23. For Twilight lovers, this is an event not to miss.
Twilight and New Moon will be played back to back, the first starting at 5:30 p.m. and the second at 8 p.m. This event will be in the ballroom of the Student Center and UPC will provide dinner and drinks as well.
“I think it’s great that the Films Committee is putting on this double feature,” said Smead. “I have never seen the Twilight movies, but my roommates love them so we are all going to go have dinner and watch them together.”
Tickets can be purchased in the Student Center in suite 3130.