All through your high school years, you worked hard to get good grades, studied and endured the Scholastic Aptitude Test and managed one too many extracurricular activities – all in order to send prospective colleges a wonderful rsum.

Finally, you’ve made it to UR, a place that will help launch your professional life. It’s time to celebrate all your hard work and achievements and show your school spirit. The week of Jan. 30 to Feb. 4 marks the return of Spirit Week, sponsored by the 2008 Class Council. Spirit Week is simply a week of fun events that are designed to bring the school closer together. The week will lead into WinterFest, taking place on Feb. 4 to 6.

There have often been complaints about the level of school spirit at UR and lack of tradition. The freshman class hopes to change that by continuing Spirit Week, an event that was conceived last year. They believe that pride is best represented through a school wide event where everyone enjoys themselves.

They anticipate that this year will attract more people than last year due to hosting original events, bringing back old favorites and giving away free stuff.

Spirit Week begins on Sunday at 9 p.m. with a tunnel painting event for the freshman class. This event has been a favorite throughout past years during WinterFest and allows students to put an artistic impression on a part of their daily lives. Perhaps the newest art to go up will inspire hibernating students to attend their classes, despite the bad weather.

The spirit dinner on Monday night, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., features performances by the a cappella group the Midnight Ramblers and the improvisational comedy troupe In Between the Lines.

Get your free hot cocoa and lip balm on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the porch of Wilson Commons. This original event will keep students warm despite the chilly temperatures outside. It promises to be a favorite among students of all ages.

A swing dance clinic will be held in the May Room on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. to prepare for WinterFest’s Masquerade Ball coming up in February. The three hours of dance practice will be broken down into one-hour classes to give everyone who wants a chance to learn. This special event will be the first of its kind for Spirit Week.

A bowling night, with free pizza, soda, transportation and two free games, will take place on Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight at the AMF Olympic Lanes.

UR men’s and women’s basketball games will conclude Spirit Week on Friday at 6 p.m. in the Palestra with Radiance, a campus dance performance group, performing during half-time.

“Last year it went over enormously [well]. The Freshman Class Council is excited about getting Spirit Week to become a yearly tradition,” 2008 Class Council President Greg Meditz said.

A whole week of events will give all students a chance to come out and show their school spirit. Support the freshman class and come enjoy the free food, a hot cocoa for the road and all the entertainment that one campus can create.

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