NU celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

Students participate in events all week long

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Niagara University celebrated St. Patrick’s Day during the week of March 13-17 with a variety of activities sponsored by NUSGA that included food, crafts, and photographs.

Although students had just returned from spring break, Niagara was busy as usual. In addition to adjusting back to classes, students also prepared for upcoming events run through Campus Activities such as Niagara’s Got Talent, a trip to the Toronto Eaton Centre, and a trip to the Galleria Mall. In addition, two out of the five days were snow days. However, in all the chaos, the students did not forget to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

As usual, Metz Dining hosted a Sundae Monday ice cream station in the lower level of the Gallagher Center. To get people in the holiday spirit, they also gave away green tumbler cups with the ice cream.

On Tuesday March 14, students and professors were treated to a day off due to a snowstorm that hit western New York. While the university itself closed and certain scheduled festivities had to be cancelled, dining options stayed available for students on campus. Clet Dining closed earlier than usual, but offered pies and personal pan pizzas for Pi Day.

On Wednesday March 15, the snowy weather caused the university to close yet again. Although there was a special St. Patrick’s Day themed event planned at the Nest from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., all on-campus activities were cancelled and students were urged to stay indoors. Students do not need to worry, however, because future events will also take place at the Nest in the Dwyer Premium Suite. There, students will be able to purchase food such as chicken wings and pizza logs as well as drinks (for those 21 and up) while cheering on their favorite sports teams.

On Thursday March 16, NUSGA held a photography session with a green screen during the early afternoon in the lower level of Gallagher. Photographs were free but donations, which went to the St. Vincent DePaul Association, were encouraged. Later on there was a paint night, for which Campus Activities had been selling tickets throughout the week.

Finally, on the Friday, the Feast of St. Patrick, there were free treats in Gallagher during the early afternoon in the multipurpose room. Students were encouraged to stop by, grab a bite to eat, and of course, wear green. Then, at 10 p.m., there was a late night DIY (do it yourself) event sponsored by the Campus Programming Board. Students made St. Patrick’s Day crafts, including an Irish coffee mug, stress balls, sand art, and the very popular shamrock shakes.

In addition to the events, NUSGA also held a photo contest. Students were encouraged to post on social media throughout the week and tweet their pictures with the hashtag #nustpatsweek17.

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