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Bruin Daze

Photo of the BJU Bruins mens soccer vs Clearwater Christian College in a home game 2013.

During the entire week of March 6, BJU is launching its first Bruin Daze.
The event was created as a reinvention of the Gold Rush Daze many BJU alumni
celebrated years ago.
Several campus events will be held throughout the week, including a blood drive, a food drive and a campus-wide game of tag.
Student leaders have worked hard to create and prepare for the week-long event, and several other surprises not included in this article can be expected.
Bethany Davis, women’s ISC Director, said Bruin Daze will add some excitement to a normal school week.
“Now that Bible Conference is over, I think we’re all kind of looking forward to Spring Break, but Bruin Daze will be a refreshing change to our normal routine of school,” she said.
Each day of the week will feature a special theme.
On Monday night, students will be able to watch “Monsters University.”
On Tuesday, the student body will celebrate the 90th anniversary of BJU in chapel.
On Wednesday, a prayer and worship session will be held in the Activity Center.
Thursday will be Bruins Spirit Day. A Battleship event will be held in the Olympic-style pool that afternoon.
The game involves putting canoes in the pool. Participants will use buckets to fill their opponents’ ships. The goal of the game is to keep your canoe afloat and to sink your opponents’ ships. Anyone can participate in this game.
“[Friday] will be like last year’s Student Appreciation Day on steroids,” Weathers said.
Faculty and administrators will start the day off by serving students breakfast in the residence halls between 9 and 9:45 a.m.
All 8 a.m. classes will begin at 10 a.m., and every class will last only 40 minutes.
Every student will be out of class at 4:30 p.m., and a free Greek-themed dinner will be served at 4:30 p.m. in the Activity Center.
On Friday, students may wear their team colors to class.
Friday night, the entire student body will gather on Stadium Field for a fun night of individual and group games—the “Greek Games”—to determine the winning team for the week.
All societies will be grouped into four teams, each with an assigned theme color—blue, red, green and white. Brother and sister societies will be grouped together, and each of the four teams will be equally numbered.
Weathers said these Olympic-style games were inspired by societies, since the name of each society harkens back to ancient Greece. Each team will have leaders to help guide the event.
The games will include a 4×100 relay, sack races, a competition to build the highest human pyramid and several other activities.
Christopher Zydowicz and Jane Smith will be the commentators for the games. They will be dressed in Greek togas and wreaths.
A week like this simply would not be complete without fireworks. The fireworks will begin after the Greek games and will be followed by coffee and a specialty dessert in the Activity Center. Curfew will be extended to midnight.
Kaipo Sotelo, ISC athletic director and senior exercise science major, is the game master for the event. He will be working with Smith and Zydowicz to help explain the games.
“The Bruin Daze are a fun way to unite the student body in friendly competition,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity for everyone to get involved, and we’re excited to show everyone what we’ve got in store.”
Emily Weier, student body president and senior business administration major, believes Bruin Daze will exceed people’s expectations.
“I think it will be good for societies interacting with each other and forming bigger teams,” Weier said.
Kayla Bullock, events coordinator, and Clay Bryant, university host, are organizing a campus-wide game of Tag for the week.
Pam Cushman, director of events management said having fun is unifying.
“Even though you study and work together, it’s not the same as having fun together,” she said. “Some of the best moments are made in events like this.”