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Sunfest brings Sunshine & Festivity Pre-Finals

Published: April 16, 2013 | Category: Special Events

With finals looming and graduation approaching, SUUSA and the Student Activities Board are excited to sponsor Sunfest this week, one final hurrah before the semester ends. 

Running April 15-20, Sunfest includes six big events this year, including concerts, a carnival and the University's longstanding Thunderbird Awards. Each Sunfest event is free and open to the public, making the week sunny regardless of the snow outside.

Sunfest opened Monday evening with comedian Sam Comroe, who recently performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and is hailed as a rising comedic star. Judging by the laughter echoing off the Rotunda's walls last night, Comroe's Sunfest opening performance was the perfect way to lighten the mood and open a week of fun and, hopefully at least a little sun.

The festivities continue Tuesday night with the annual Mr. SUU pageant, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Sterling Church Auditorium. Here, eight Mr. SUU hopefuls will compete for this covetous title that speaks to wit, talent and, ultimately, true Thunderbird pride.

Then on Wednesday, Bingo Night returns to campus, back by popular demand — an event that always draw large crowds of students in friendly competition. The games will open in Ballroom at 7 p.m., with $2,000 in prizes on the line, including bikes, a TV, fishing gear and summer toys.

Then slowing things down, Thursday’s activity is a chance for students to relax from studies and embark on a different adventure, to Middle Earth, with a free screening of The Hobbit, along with free frozen treats, in the Ballroom at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Cirque Du Sunfest will mark the grandest celebration yet, with a carnival that will include local bands, games, inflatable toys, prizes and free food. The carnival will run 5 - 11 p.m., and all are invited to attend the event located at the practice fields west of the Eccles Coliseum. Tickets are $1 each for rides and games, as well as entries into a prize raffle. Standard carnival concessions will also be sold. 

The week will then conclude on Saturday, with the legendary Thunderbird Awards. Fashioned after the Oscars, this 60-year tradition is a black tie formal ceremony to recognize the year's distinguished students and employees across campus. Free and open to the public, the 2013 Thunderbird Awards will be held in the Heritage Center Theatre at 7 p.m. on April 19, with he Thunderbird Ball, for SUU students only, to follow at 9 p.m. 

Rain, shine or, sadly, snow, Sunfest is on, with a campus community eager to celebrate beloved traditions and the conclusion of another successful year as Thunderbirds. 

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