Friday, April 25, 2008

SMUStock to cap off Earth Week

By Steve Adams
Guest Writer

As the school year and Earth Week are coming to a close, don’t forget to attend the first-ever SMUStock, which will be held in St. Yon’s Field tonight.

The event is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s EcoRep program and will begin with an Ultimate Frisbee tournament at 3 p.m. Each member of the winning team of the tournament will receive a customized SMU EcoRep water bottle, in addition to a new disc for disc golf.

The tournament will be followed by a grill-out at 5 p.m and acoustic concerts from several members of the SMU community, highlighted by popular student bands the Wet Bandits and Bookreader. A campfire will begin at 9 p.m. to go along with Bookreader’s set.

“It sounds like a really great event,” said Adam Stasica, lead guitarist for the Wet Bandits. “I’m really excited to play at it. There should be a good turnout.”

Following the concerts, students will have the option to camp out overnight in St. Yon’s Field. All available camping equipment has been reserved, so students will need to provide their own if they wish to camp out.

“It’s a great idea,” said senior Sarah Zweber. “I’ve been here for four years, and there’s never been anything like this. I love camping. I’m really excited for it.”

SMUStock will cap off an event-filled Earth Week for the EcoReps. The week has already seen several events hosted by the EcoReps, including a waste audit in the plaza, car emissions testing and a canoe trip. Group members will be on-hand at SMUStock, running informational booths on recycling and sustainability.

Dinner will be offered to students who registered their barcodes earlier in the week during lunch and dinner hours. All students are encouraged to come out and watch the tournament and musical performances, however, even if they have not registered for food or camping equipment.

The event has generated buzz among students and faculty alike. If SMUStock is a success, the EcoReps hope to turn it into an annual event.

“I’ve heard people talking about it,” said junior Grant Bilski. “It’s always fun when there’s something new to do on campus.”

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