UPC Hopes “Winter Wonderland” Crimson Nights Will Appeal to Many Students

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Snow-themed dance music, free food and more will be present at the upcoming “Winter Wonderland” Crimson Nights.

Ashlee Christofferson, assistant director of Union programming, said they wanted to hold an event “for every student to enjoy coming to.”

Activities for the night include a casino room, an inflatable obstacle course, a mini golf course and bowling and billiards in the Crimson Commons.

Branden Dalley, associate director of Union operations, said Crimson Nights is designed “so that there is something for everyone.”

“We want it to be known as more than just a dance party,” Dalley said. “We have different activities from dancing to even scrapbooking.”

There will be food, including pizza, burritos donated by Del Taco, bagels from Einstein’s Bagels and RubySnap cookies.

This Crimson Nights is expected to cost between $13,000 AND $14,000, less than the average of the first two of the school year, which each ran near $15,000.

Christofferson has been working with UPC to make the event more convenient for students. The third and fourth Crimson Nights are typically planned for late February and April but have been set for earlier to avoid conflicting with midterms and finals.

Traditionally, fewer students go to Crimson Nights later in the year. Attendance is expected to be lower than the 3,644 at the October Crimson Night, 719 of whom were not U students.

Chelsea Sather, a sophomore in strategic communications, said she enjoys Crimson Nights because of its inclusion of other schools.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet new people,” Sather said, “[and] I get to see my friends from other universities.”

U students are admitted free to the event, and students from other colleges and universities will be charged a $5 entrance fee.

Students not involved in UPC are invited to volunteer at 8 p.m. and work for any amount of time. If needed, contact Brooke Newhall at bnewhall@union.utah.edu.

b.hart@dailyutahchronicle.com

@BeauHart13

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