What’s the Latest?

Lauren Faulkner, our current community section editor, brings you the latest for Student Activities and Involvement in a new and recurring section: What’s the Latest? features traditions that everyone loves and enjoys as well as new events that have been brought to campus.

Grocery Bingo

Grocery Bingo returned back to campus this fall semester on Tuesday Oct. 12 in the Harbor Grill at the end of Fall Break. Cards and writing utensils were given to students for their chance to compete to win a variety of grocery prizes. 

Prizes included a pasta lover’s basket, a cleaning basket, a tea and coffee basket and of course ramen in a basket for the typical college student. After winning a game of bingo, students would be able to take their basket of groceries home to their dorm. 

“I had so much fun at Grocery Bingo and I am so glad it was able to come back. It’s my second year in a row going and it was nice to have my friends at my table to play with me,” said sophomore Desi Holleran, who attended the event with friends. 

Grocery Bingo is scheduled to return in the upcoming semesters as traditions continue to return to campus due to  lessening COVID-19 restrictions. For more information about upcoming traditions coming back to Virginia Wesleyan’s campus, be sure to follow @marlinsoffthehook on Instagram, check out the Student Activities Google calendar and keep an eye out for your weekly “This Week @ VWU” email.

Worldly Wednesdays

Worldly Wednesdays has become a Fall 2021 semester tradition bringing different cultures to students at the Boyd Dining Center. So far, students have enjoyed food from Northern Ireland, Netherlands, Japan, Vietnam and there are plans for this dinner series to continue to feature more countries. 

Sarah Guzzo, director of Student Activities, in partnership with Mandy Reinig in the Lighthouse and Dining Services brought this dinner series together as a form of comfort for Wesleyan’s international students. However, this new series has been enjoyed by domestic and international students alike. 

“[Worldly Wednesdays] is a collaboration between the three areas to highlight unique foods from our international students’ home countries. We hope VWU students will be adventurous and step outside their comfort zone and try something a little different,” said director of Global Engagement Mandy Reining, at the Lighthouse.

Upcoming countries to be featured in the Worldly Wednesday Dining Series include Switzerland, Australia, India, Cambodia, Canada, Turkey, Germany and Nigeria, according to Guzzo. For more information about Worldly Wednesdays coming to VWU’s Boyd Dining Center, be sure to visit @dir_of_stu_act and @vwulighthouse on Instagram.

Back to Normal

Released in the latest email edition of This Week from Student Activities, a fall semester bucket list features a long list of traditions and activities coming back to VWU’s campus. New events such as Carenevil, coming to campus on Oct. 28, and Spa a La Marlin, coming to campus Dec. 8, are being welcomed with great anticipation by Wesleyan students. 

Old traditions, including Glow Party (Nov 19), Christmas Tree Lighting (Dec 3) and Late Night Breakfast (Dec 8) will be back on campus this fall semester in full swing. Despite some added adjustments of masks indoors unless actively eating or drinking, these traditions are back for good at Virginia Wesleyan University. 

“I feel very enthusiastic about the traditions coming back to campus so I can finally get out of my room and get to hang out with all my returning friends,” said junior Devin Calpo.

For more information about these returning events including times, locations, sign-up information and updates, head to @marlinsoffthehook on Instagram or check out the Student Activities Google Calendar.

By: Lauren Faulkner