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Student activities have been flourishing on campus so far this semester. The first week of the year saw both new and returning students participating in a variety of activities, including shaving cream whiffle ball and laser tag on Neufeld lawn! But the exciting events did not stop there, as students have had the opportunity to attend a variety of different events, including a game of quidditch during a Harry Potter themed event as part of Marbeck Center Board's "Marbeck After Dark" Friday night programming series

Homecoming week brought about a great series of events for students to attend, including Bluffton Connection's "Let's Make A Deal" in Ropp Pit, a performance by comedic magician Daniel Martin in Founders Hall, and Marbeck Center Board's Build-A-Beaver event in Bob's Place. The Homecoming coronation ceremony took place prior to the football game on Saturday vs. Rose-Hulman.

Aside from these events, students have had a variety of opportunities to participate in student organizations, attend spiritual life events and compete in intramural sports on campus.

The students' enthusiasm for these activities has been stellar. In addition to drawing more than 200 students to large campus events, the Marbeck After Dark series has consistently drawn more than 80 students on Friday nights and 100 plus students attend the weekly Thursday Chapel services in Yoder Recital Hall.

Service opportunities have been afforded to students through student organizations such as SERVE and through the Office of Student Involvement, who organized a Red Cross Blood Drive on Oct. 21.

Finally, some events on campus have been designed to educate students on a particular topic and/or raise awareness about particular issues. A perfect example of this was the "Take Back The Night" event, co-sponsored by several area advocacy groups and the student organizations Peer Awareness Leadership Society (PALS) and Safe Spaces, in an effort to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence.

The office of student involvement would like to sincerely thank parents for supporting their students and for encouraging students to participate in campus activities. If your son or daughter is interested in joining a student organization but is not sure what is available, they can email me,, and I will help them find the involvement opportunities that best suit their interests.

Brent Schroeder
Assistant director of Marbeck Center