If you’ve been out by Memory Mall this week, you probably noticed an assortment of tents set up on the grass. This event is called Tent City and it’s a week-long music, film and art festival that takes place every semester. Students can camp out and enjoy all the entertainment and activities that occur throughout the day and into the night. The activities include workshops, arts & crafts, speakers, sporting events, jam sessions, movies, games and live local bands.
Each day has a different theme and the daily activities vary accordingly:
One of the main goals of Tent City is recruitment. Exposing students to different groups allows them to find a place where they feel most comfortable and it gives them a sense of belonging. Another goal is community-building. Tent City promotes the idea of uniting as a community, focusing on common ideals and beliefs.
I’ve gone to the event a few times this week and everyone is very welcoming. They’re all out there to make friends and even create a new “family.” And in case someone who passes by decides to stay, there are several extra tents so they can really become a part of it.
For those of you who interested in being part of “Tent City” all you have to do is bring a tent to Memory Mall on campus and join the fun. The event will wrap up Friday evening at midnight so be sure to stop by before then. If you can’t make it out this semester, they will be hosting the event again this upcoming Spring semester.
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