RU Street Team hosts events to ‘build community’

 

By Brittany Keeperman

The RU Street Team is responsible for the monthly pop-up, drop-in events created for students and faculty alike to participate in during school hours.
Elizabeth Choporis, the director for the Center of Student Involvement, said that the street team tries to plan fun and random events that students can participate in, even if they’re short on time.
“I think these events are fun to participate in,” sophomore Jonathan Ehrlich said. “They’re optional. … I try to attend them in my free time.”
One of those events — the RU Olympics — took place on Feb. 6 in the Wabash Dining Center. Hula hoops hung from the ceiling, neon buckets sat on the floor and boxes of crayons lined cafeteria tables next to cartoon coloring pages of Olympic events like curling, bobsled and alpine skiing.
“It’s fun,” Sophomore Mary Stricker said. “It’s really simple, but if you’re willing to get up and look silly, it’s fine.”
Some students were not shy about getting silly, as they placed their heads on a baseball bat and spun around in circles before dizzily attempting to toss a ball through one of the Olympic Rings (or hula hoops).
Ehrlich said he also participated in Elvis Day and enjoyed the “pin the microphone on Elvis’ head” game.
The street team works with staff from all different departments including Dining Services, Residence Life, Student Affairs, Athletics, the Center for Student Involvement and Project Prime.
“We’re trying to build community on campus,” Choporis said.
The RU Street Team has initiated several other events for students and staff, including the Winter Holiday Market and Winter Wonderland Festival in December.
The street team’s next event is a little more abstract — Spirit Day. Spirit Day is every second and fourth Thursday of the month, and on those days, students and faculty who wear green will get 50 percent off Roosevelt-blend coffee or fountain drinks from Dining Services on both the Chicago and Schaumburg Campuses.
“I like that it gets people engaged,” Admissions Counselor Jazmine Ross said. “It’s a fun way to connect with students and staff and everybody.”

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