HAVING FUN: Friday, August 23

a group of people walking in a park

A Maverick Tradition: March Through The Arch


(Times and events are subject to change as plans are finalized)

7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• Maverick Shop (campus bookstore) hours

11:00 a.m.
• New Student Rally, Bresnan Arena in the Taylor Center
         • March through the Arch immediately following the rally
• Otto Rec Center Opens
• Lap Swim, Highland Pool, Otto Rec Center
• Library Tours, Memorial Library
• Pick-A-Duck, Memorial Library

11:45 a.m.
• Backyard Bash, Bell Tower Square (rain site: Myers Field House)

• FREE Maverick Bullpen, CSU Lower Level

1:30 p.m.
• Choose-a-Palooza (meet for prize giveaways at 3:30 p.m. in Otto Rec Center Gym)

3:30 p.m.* (Immediately following Choose-a-Palooza)
• Prize Flight, Otto Rec Center Gym

4:00 p.m.
• LGBT Cool Treats & Baked Sweets, CSU 194
• Fraternity & Sorority Life Info Session, CSU 201

7:00 p.m.
• Let's Talk About Sex!, CSU Ostrander Auditorium
• Indoor Climbing Wall, Myers Field House

8:00 p.m.
• Starlite Serendipity Karaoke, Campus Amphitheater 
• Swing Dance, CSU Flex Programming Space (FPS), CSU Lower Level

9:00 p.m. 
• Star Gazing, Standeford Observatory

9:30 p.m.
• Stomper's Cinema: Zombie Land, CSU Ostrander Auditorium

10:00 p.m. to Midnight
• Free Open Ice Skating, All Seasons Arena


7:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Maverick Shop Hours CSU Main Level
Get your Maverick gear or buy new, used, rent or digital textbooks at your campus bookstore.
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
New Student Rally, Blakeslee Stadium
The official kick-off to your life as a Maverick, this is THE event to be at on Friday. It will feature a high-energy performance by the Maverick Machine and a welcome from the University President, student leaders, and more. To conclude the rally, attendees will process as a group and formally “enter” campus as you march through the Alumni Arch near the Bell Tower. The event will be followed by the Backyard Bash.
Immediately following New Student Rally
March through the Arch,
Alumni Arch 
Passing through the Alumni Arch is a tradition that marks your arrival and forever status as a Maverick. Join the Maverick Machine marching band as it leads the procession from the New Student Rally to the Arch. Transferred from the historic Old Main Annex from the former lower campus, the Arch is a symbol of the University’s history and a pathway for entering campus as a new student and leaving campus as an alum.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Lap Swim, Highland Center Pool (in Otto Rec Center)  
Grab your swimsuit and towel and have some fun cooling off in the pool.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Library Tour
, Memorial Library 
Take a brief (25-minute) tour of Memorial Library to learn about our special collectibles, computer facilities, study areas, and Library & Learning Resources that are available to all students. Tours will start from the checkout desk at the main entrance.
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
, Memorial Library 
Play the Library’s pick-a-duck game at the Library’s main entrance during the Backyard Bash. 
11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Backyard Bash, Bell Tower Square
Join us for a giant cookout, yard games, t-shirt giveaway and live music by Fat City All Stars, one of southern Minnesota's hottest cover bands! Mingle with returning and new students alike, and university staff. This is the on-campus meal plan lunch option for Friday. Sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority Life and the CSU Serendipity Music Series.

Noon to Midnight 
FREE!  Maverick Bullpen, Lower Level of the CSU 
Enjoy bowling, billiards, video games and much more in the Maverick Bullpen! Bowling lanes and billiards tables will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. 

1:30 to 3:30  p.m.
Choose-a-Palooza, campus-wide, concludes in Otto Rec Center Gym
You choose where to visit and which prizes you want to win! Earn prize drawing tickets by visiting different campus offices. There are $1000 worth of great prizes, including room amenities, movies, games, and more! Bring your signed tickets to the prize station in the Otto Rec Center Gym by 3:30 p.m. for the prize drawing. You will find goodies, more prizes, and giveaways at each stop. Pick up your Choose-a-Palooza map at the front desk of your on-campus residence community or at the Campus Hub. Don't miss your chance at great prizes! Sponsored by Residential Life. 

3:30* p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Prize Flight, (*Immediately following Choose-a-Palooza prize giveaways), Otto Rec Center Gym
The first 350 NEW students to stop by the Centennial Student Union Office in CSU 220 during Choose-a-Palooza receive a balsa wood airplane. Assemble your plane and bring it to the Choose-a-Palooza giveaway program at 3:30 p.m. in the Otto Rec Center Gym. Immediately following Choose-a-Palooza, join a group launching their planes from the upper level running track toward small Maverick “bullseye” targets on the gym floor below. The closest planes to the target win. YOU MUST BE A NEW STUDENT and YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. Winners will be announced after distances are measured. Bring your MavCARD to claim your prize. Sponsored by the Centennial Student Union and its partners.

4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
LGBT Ice Cream Spectacular! LGBT Center (CSU 194)  
Come in for a cool treat and meet the staff of the LGBT Center! Learn about our programs and how you can be involved and connected with the LGBTQ+ community on campus! Everyone is welcome! Sponsored by the LGBT Center. 

4:00 p.m.
Fraternity & Sorority Life Info Session, CSU 204 
Have you wondered what fraternities and sororities are really like? They are a lot different from what you see in movies and on tv. Join us for a student-led session that will fill you in on the basics of Fraternity & Sorority Life at Minnesota State Mankato. These organizations have been a vibrant part of campus life for more than 60 years. This is a no-pressure, no-obligation opportunity to learn more and possibly decide if joining one of our fraternities or sororities may be for you. www.maverickfsl.com

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Let's Talk About Sex, CSU Ostrander Auditorium
Time travel to the '90s with slap bracelets and mood dots. We’ll demystify sex in college (guess what? Some folks do it and some folks don’t). This event features live anonymous polls, prizes, frank discussion, and sets you up for a great start to the year. We’ll laugh, dance, and Talk About Sex! Led by the LGBT Center, Violence Awareness and Response Program, and the Women’s Center 

7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Indoor Climbing Wall, SE corner of Myers Field House
Join us at our indoor climbing facility and spend the evening reaching new heights!  All you need is your MavCARD and we will provide all of the equipment for you to climb!  Staff will be there to provide instruction for climbers new to the sport. Please wear comfortable clothing.  

8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Starlite Serendipity Karaoke
, Amphitheater (between CSU & Library)
CSU Serendipity Karaoke offers singing under the stars! Look for us in the outdoor Mall Amphitheater. Join us for weekly Thursday night karaoke in the CSU Bullpen starting Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Swing Dance, CSU Flex Programming Space (FPS) in CSU Lower Level
Grab your dancing shoes and drop your inhibitions as you learn some new moves. Feel free to come with a partner or on your own. Lessons will be provided!  Sponsored by the Swing Dance Club. 

9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Star Gazing, Standeford Observatory 
Let your imagination soar as you ponder the mysteries of the universe. Check out our state-of-the-art telescopes and get a close-up look at our galaxy and beyond. Meet at the flag in front of the Centennial Student Union on the south side to be shuttled to the observatory.  A shuttle will run continuously until 10:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Astronomy Department and Campus Recreation. 

9:30 p.m.
Stomper's Cinema
: Zombie Land,
CSU Ostrander Auditorium
Stomper’s Cinema is presented by the Student Events Team and movies are FREE with MavCARD. Concession combos start at $1.00! More show times are available at www.mnsu.edu/studenteventsteam 

10:00 p.m. to Midnight
Free Open Ice Skating, All Seasons Arena (1251 Monks Ave-2 blocks east of  campus at the intersection of Monks Ave and Balcerzak Drive) 
Come on over to ASA for some fun on the ice.  Skates will be provided (bring your own, if you have them). Please bring your own socks.