Ferris State celebrated the fifth anniversary of the University Center (UC) with games, food and prizes for students.
The UC serves as the heart of campus and is a location where many students spend their time with friends or doing assignments in between classes. Before the UC was built, the Rankin Center stood in its place as a location for students to be back in 1957. The event ran from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, Jan. 17. A multitude of students turned up excited to partake in the festivities. F
erris radiography sophomore Sadie Metcalf, who works as an information assistant for the UC information desk and student life office, said that the event was put together with the help of the CLACS office and Entertainment Unlimited.
Throughout the building there were a variety of activities students could choose from. On the main floor, students had their choice of making their own customized Ferris street signs, participating in karaoke, as well as a build your own popcorn bar. Classic arcade games such as Mortal Kombat and Pac-man were distributed throughout the main floor. Caricature artists were also available both upstairs and downstairs which was by far the most popular activity, and had students waiting in line.
Upstairs students could participate in an intense game of laser tag and grab some fried foods like corndogs, mozzarella sticks, tater tots, fried mac and cheese bites and fried mushrooms which were also a big hit with students. Guests were also waiting in line to get wax hands of a variety of different colors made.
Ferris digital animation and game design sophomore Alando Steele Jr. enjoyed the event and had a lot of fun participating in the activities with his friends.
“I think the event is really good, and it’s a good way to bring people together,” Steele Jr. said. “I went to the anniversary party last year and I think this year it’s a lot better. Last year’s felt more relaxed and this year’s has a lot of cool things like caricature artists as well as laser tag and the food, which are my favorite parts of the event.”
Ferris mechanical engineering junior Matthew Malkasian as well enjoyed being able to attend the event with his friends and finally be able to get a caricature.
“I loved the fried food bar, but the karaoke is probably my favorite as always, it’s a staple,” Malkasian said. “The event was honestly a lot of fun!”