by Toni Grogg
Join the West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Media and Communication Club (MAC Club) for the Riverhawk Nest Fest.
This is WVU Parkersburg’s annual homecoming where students and faculty can take part in dressing up and showing their school pride. This event will start Oct. 29 and go through Nov. 1. Each day will consist of a different theme that will help you decide on what to wear if you choose to take part. There will be an online contest where students will share a picture of their costumes on Instagram with the hashtags #Nestfest2k18 and #WVUParkersburg.
Monday, Oct. 29 will be the day that all the fun begins. On this day, students and faculty can go back in time and dress in the attire from their favorite decade. You could be a pirate, village man or woman, your favorite Grease character from the 50, a hippie from the 60 or 70, a 80 punk or neon queen, Cher from clueless or Joey from friends for the 90’s, wear a tracksuit for the 2000, or be a character from the Jersey Shore.
Tuesday, Oct. 30 will be Twin day. Grab a friend and dress alike. On this day there will also be a pie eating contest and a pie bake off in the student lounge at 12:15 p.m. For the pie eating contest, anyone can enter by just walking into the student lounge. For the pie bake off, faculty and staff are encouraged to bring their best pie creation with the restriction of no home canned goods. This bake off will be judged by those who nobody knows and is free for all to eat.
Halloween day will hold a costume contest in the student lounge at 12:15 p.m. Dress in your best spooky or creative attire for the chance to win. On this day, there will also be two other events including a Chili/Soup cook-off and Karaoke night. The chili/soup cook-off will be held in the student lounge at 12:15 p.m. This will be a contest for staff and faculty only, but students are allowed to come and try out what was made. The judges and restrictions are the same as the pie bake off, nobody knows who the judges are and no home canned goods. Other activities will be going on at this time such as a hot cocoa bar, music, apple checkers, a photobooth with a backdrop and selfies, and more surprises to come. Karaoke night will be held at The Hideout from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with $5 one topping pizzas and drink specials.
Thursday, Nov. 1 is the day to show your school and state pride with blue and gold day. This day will also hold West Virginia Trivia in the student lounge at 12:15 p.m.
The MAC club will also be hosting Casino Night which will also be held on Thursday, Nov. 1. This event will start at 5:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m. in the student lounge. It will be $5 to enter and play with the fake money given. Money earned can be used to bid on items donated by local businesses such as WVU swag from Hallmark, gift certificates to Moes, the Root Beer Shack, DiCarlos and more, luLaRoe, a photoshoot with Liv Hefner photography, artwork from Work of Heart, and more. Tickets can be purchased in the Business office prior to the event or at the door.
Current MAC Club president, Jessica Madison, said that an event like this is important for students because they can become part of the college more and “Build friendships and create bonds.”
Madison stated that Nest Fest is an event that allows students to get a different sense of the college. “It would be awesome to see everyone come together with the same goal which is to have fun.” Madison said.