Drake students are planning to see if breaking a Guinness World Record is easy as pie.
The Drake Student Activities Board, along with several other student organizations, is hosting Drake Dogtown After Hours with the goal to break the Guinness World Record of 671 people in a pie fight, currently held by Lawrenceville School in New Jersey as of Nov. 11, 2010. Greg Larson, vice president of student activities, said he is confident the goal will be met.
“It’s going to be tough because when this event was originally planned the record was lower, but we’ll just get more people to do it,” he said.
A minimum of 1,600 pies will be made for the fight that will be held in the parking lot of Olmsted Center.
Attendees have the chance to win more than $2,500 in prizes and a grand prize of two Allegiant Air plane tickets to their choice of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tampa Bay or Orlando. Top prizes include an iPad 2, a $250 travel voucher with a $100 Visa gift card and a Drake Relays gift package that includes great seats for the upcoming Drake Relays.
Free food will accompany the plethora of events occurring throughout the evening including headphone disco, various contests, a hypnotist, laser tag, casino games, crafts, game shows, a glow-in-the-dark bags tournament, henna art painting and caricature drawings, as well as swing, salsa and Zumba dancing.
SAB Public Relations Co-chair Sarah Coffey said she is really excited about the headphone disco.
“It’s a huge phenomenon in Europe, and I think people at Drake will love it as well,” she said. “Walking into the room without headphones and just seeing people dancing to different beats will be hysterical. People will look completely bizarre, but it’ll be so much fun.”
Participants will pay one dollar per raffle ticket to be entered into the prize drawings and all proceeds will go to Peaks 4 Poverty. This charity was created by a Drake alumna and its mission is to raise awareness about and to educate children with AIDS.
“This is a great organization to support,” Larson said. “It literally has a global reach with affecting change. Being started by a Drake alumna brings it back home.”
Coffey said the purpose of Dogtown After Hours is to have a safe and fun night on campus, alcohol-free.
“It’s a common misconception that the only way to have fun in college is to go out to bars,” she said. “Dogtown After Hours will definitely disprove this.”
Students, professors and faculty are encouraged to attend and even volunteer at the event.
“It would be great to see professors, faculty and staff at Dogtown After Hours,” Coffey said. “Associating with these people outside of the classroom is something you don’t get at bigger schools. The relationships you are able to build with these people are one of the best things about Drake.”
Numerous student organizations are collaborating to make Dogtown After Hours a diverse and exciting event.
“This event is structured so that anybody can come and have fun,” Larson said. “There are opportunities to win a lot of prizes, help a great organization and share in breaking a world record all in the same night.”
Organizers said outdoor showers will be available for use after the fight and they advised people to wear grubby clothing. The event is Friday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The schedule of events at Dogtown After Hours
Price is Right
Activities All Night