With only five weekends left, the spring semester is coming to a close. It is the time of year where most students are ready for summer weather and a break from studies.
The weekend of March 31, however, promises to be a special one for Malone students. On Friday, March 31, Malone’s yearly Nike Airband returns. Nike Airband is a free event where groups of students are entered into a lip-syncing contest.
This year’s Airband will be hosted by brother-sister duo Hannah and Noah Fisher.
“It’s such a Malone community thing, something that you want to be a part of at least one time while you’re here,” said senior accounting major Hannah Fisher. “If you’re looking for something to just sit and laugh and see people make a fool of themselves and be creative, it’s super fun.”
The theme this year at Nike Airband is Airband at the Movies. The emphasis will be on providing a relaxing atmosphere and will include movie-related skits as well as the opportunity to buy movie theater-style popcorn and candy. All proceeds from concession sales, VIP ticket sales and free-will donations will benefit The Martin Center in downtown Canton. VIP tickets are on sale in the cafeteria leading up to the event. Each ticket is $5 and guarantees a reserved seat at the event.
“Me and Noah have a lot of fun things planned, so I’m really excited for that,” Fisher said. “I’m just excited to share it with everybody.”
Fisher said she expects the competition to be pretty stiff, since a large number of groups will be participating this year including residence halls, campus clubs and sports teams.
Haley Tomlinson, sophomore exercise science major, participated in last year’s Nike Airband with people from her floor in Blossom Hall. This year she will return simply to watch the event as an audience member.
“Next to Davenport Derby, it’s the coolest event on campus all year,” Tomlinson said. “The performances are always hilarious and super entertaining, so it’s always a lot of fun.”
Fireworks are also planned to be set-off on campus following the event.
This year, however, the fun does not end with Nike Airband. On Saturday, April 1, starting at 7 p.m., the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is hosting the first-ever Laser Tag Night at Osborne Hall, giving Malone students all the more reason to stay on campus for the weekend.
“We are bringing obstacles of all sorts into the gym, the lights will be down and we will have music and strobe lights,” said SAAC representative Jon Zimmerly. “This is a great event that we believe will build community on campus and offer something for every student to enjoy.”
Along with Laser Tag, there will be corn-hole in the lobby at Osborne Hall and food and drinks sold as concessions.
Naomi Grandison is a guest writer for The Aviso