Midnight Mania a success in the gym

photo by Samantha Katz

Despite a change in venue, this year’s “Midnight Mania” went off without a hitch.

“Midnight Mania” is an annual event hosted by MSU’s Student Health Service to provide a safe outlet for those who want to celebrate homecoming week. The party started at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, and went until 1 a.m. Saturday.

This semester the affair, for the first time in its 12-year history, took place at the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center instead of its usual location, the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. As the “Legend of the Bobcat” was celebrated in the Fieldhouse a couple of weeks ago, health educator Douglas Fulp and his staff decided a change in venue was for the best.

The transition to the new location went smoothly, and the event featured its usual array of inflatables, poker, volleyball games and a variety of other activities including an obstacle course and fat-suit sumo wrestling.

photo by Samantha Katz

Certainly some of the most interesting fixtures of the night were the mounds of popcorn, cotton candy and pizza directly behind the gym’s cardio equipment. Despite the contrast and  shame incurred by eating pizza while watching someone run a few miles, the 1,500 or so students that showed up throughout the night managed to finish every last bite.

While most of the festivities were planned around specific activities for students to take part in, some were set up for people to simply sit and watch. TBA, a local all-male acapella group, performed their own wonderful renditions of popular songs for the crowd.

The band’s 30-minute performance was followed shortly thereafter by MSU’s Air Force ROTC drill and ceremony team. Their routine had a few minor errors but was highlighted by fantastic tosses and a set of choreographed steps.

Overall, the event was a success and the Student Health Service is looking forward to expanding it next year. With a better understanding of the new venue, “Midnight Mania” should get even better in the future.