Free stuff. That’s music to the ears of college students, and UIndy’s Campus Program Board—the student organization that’s responsible for arranging many of the social events on campus, bringing comedians, concerts, and monthly movie events to campus—understands.
Once a week, the CPB lets the freebies fly at lunchtime in the Schwitzer Student Center. Key chain. Frisbees. T-shirts. Ice cream. Magic 8 Balls. Miniature basketballs. Music downloads. Smoothies. Snuggies. The list goes on and on. Known affectionately as “the Hump Day Special,” it helps students get through the week and gives them a little something to look forward to—a reward just for being a Greyhound. And students never know what to expect—giveaways for Colts tickets (plus Colts bumper stickers), DVD prize packs, concert tickets.
Sometimes the giveaways are meant to get students pumped up for campus events, such as free tickets to Casino Night, or the caramel corn handouts that helped promote a circus act that visited campus. A T-shirt swap let students trade their old UIndy shirts for new ones as part of the Snowcoming dance promotion. After sitting down to lunch with friends, or nabbing a quick bite from the Grab-n-Go, students swing by the CPB table, where smiling Campus Program Board members hand them their freebies.
“CPB provides a great pick-me-up in the middle of the week,” says junior Jacki Dillman of Carmi, Ill. “The Hump Day specials are always fun, entertaining, or delicious.” On one occasion, a duck pond let students fish for prizes. On Valentine’s Day, CPB handed out make-your-own Valentine bags—and offered to deliver the finished products. Hump Day can support a good cause, too, such as the Riley Children’s Hospital fundraiser that let students make a small donation and trace their hands to cut out and hang on the dining hall window.
So ask any Greyhounds what they love about UIndy, and chances are, one of their answers will be the free stuff they score every Wednesday. Julie Wehmiller, this year’s CPB president, has her own favorite Hump Day Specials. “Ice cream sundaes,” she says. “Or those professional massages given during finals week!”
—Stephanie Snay ’12 & Tim Coxey ’11