Story written by Micah Karr, Dailyflipz Health Reporter
FAIRBORN, Ohio – April Showers don’t just bring May Flowers, April Craze is also on the way!
On Friday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wright State’s University Activities Board (UAB) will host April Craze; a celebration with music, games, food, inflatables, and student organizations. In the past, according to UAB officers, 3,000 to 5,000 students have attended and the UAB anticipates a similar number this year. The event will take place on the quad at Wright State.
2017 is the fifth year Wright State has hosted April Craze. Originally, the event was called May Daze while Wright State was on the quarter system as opposed to semesters.
Jordan Collins, the director of April Craze, explain that, at April Craze, there will be “every type of organization you can think of.” She said there will be about 85 organizations, as well as 20 Wright State departments, and 35 outside businesses. April Craze, Collins explained, is very difficult to plan. “Once you plan April Craze, you can handle anything,” she said.
Additionally, April Craze will host three food trucks, inflatables, a magician, a street performer, a zip-line, and more. “There’s something for everyone,” Collins said. For introverted people, she explained, most tables have free things, and they can “enjoy the live performers.” On the other hand, for extroverted people, she said, you can “do all the inflatables, visit the food trucks,” or visit all the tables. Each table will have activities for students. Alcohol will not be served at the event.
Michayla Fuller, the president of the UAB, was in charge of the April Craze for two years. She sees April Craze as a “rite of passage for Raiders.” Fuller is graduating this year, and April Craze will be her last event. She is hoping for a “massive celebration.”
While Fuller is not in charge of April Craze this year, she explained that the planning is a team effort. Collins, Fuller explained, often “bounced ideas off [her].” April Craze, she explained, is very “team oriented.” Collins said that Fuller was “100 percent involved.”
This year, the UAB is also hosting After Craze, a rave in the evening after April Craze. “We want to bring this tradition back,” Collins explained. At the After Craze, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be body painting with glowing paint, and then from 9 p.m. until midnight, DJs will host music and dancing.
This year, Collins explained, they will also host Minute-to-win-it games, as well as a new attraction called “The Amazing Race.” This game, according to Collins, involves teams going on a challenge or scavenger hunt around campus.
Collins explained that she was excited to see what “students enjoy the most” and “how the students react” to the changes.
Check out this video from April Craze at Wright State back in 2013!
Story edited by Health & Business Editor Taylor Whitney