USF Week Underway
From a kickoff event Monday to a talent show to an evening with John Legend, USF Week offers a variety of happenings.
By Laura Kneski
TAMPA, Fla. (April 8, 2013) – Building new traditions and celebrations take center stage during USF Week at the University of South Florida, beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday.
The USF Center for Student Involvement wants this week to have a similar feel to Homecoming Week with its big way of evoking school spirit and a lot of fun, but it didn’t want the two to mirror each other, said staff advisor Jenna Kelly.
“We hope that we do a good job and set it up well for future years, to continue to build upon these traditions,” Kelly said.
Every day holds different activities around campus, and every day CSI will be collecting items from students to put into a time capsule that will be opened in five years. They will take photos of items if they will not fit into the capsule.
Kickoff: Bull Madness Pep Rally!
Noon in the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater
The week will get rolling with free food, giveaways, a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and the appearance of dignitaries and student athletes.
CSI is collaborating with USF Athletics for the second part of the pep rally as the coaches of each USF sport will answer pre-screened questions about their teams, themselves and where they envision USF for the upcoming season. Afterward, student athletes will be signing posters for fans and peers.
Official USF Day
On this day, April 9, 2010, Pam Iorio, former mayor of Tampa, declared this to be the official USF Day.
Noon - 4:00 p.m. outside of the MSC and outside of Cooper Hall
*in case of rain, tents will move to the MSC Lobby
The spirit tents will be getting people hyped, as well as hosting a clothing exchange. Each student that donates one item of clothing will receive a free USF Week shirt. All donations will go to Metropolitan Ministries.
ULS Presents: An Evening with John Legend
8:00 p.m. in the MSC Ballroom
*overflow seating will be directed to the Oval Theater
Nine-time Grammy award winner John Legend will be speaking on the importance of education and community involvement. Due to a musical performance at the end of the lecture, there will not be a meet-and-greet session for this lecture.
It is recommended that students arrive to this event earlier than they have in the past, seeing as a large crowd is expected to attend.
The Ultimate Bull Talent Show
7:00 p.m. in the Oval Theater
Eleven contestants will show their skills as they compete for the title of the “Ultimate Bull.” A panel of 3-4 judges will give commentary to each contestant following his or her act, described as “American Idol style.”
Acts will include, but are not limited to, singers, a dancer, a pianist, a harmonica player, and a comedian.
Rocky’s Rockin’ B-Day Bash
8:00 p.m. to midnight at the MLK West Lawn
Rocky will celebrate his birthday with the help of a video DJ, and he has invited the whole school to come dance and enjoy the photo area, lounge setup, candy bar, special effects and cake.
CSI isn’t sure yet how big the cake is going to be, but student advisor Jenna Kelly said, “it will be a nice cake. We wouldn’t let Rocky celebrate his birthday unless it was in style.”
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at The Meadows
A symbolic “burial” of the time capsule will occur among festivities including lining up for food trucks, winning giveaways, inflatables, and trying out the zip line.
6:00 p.m. start
Two stages will host five bands on either side of a giant screen in an effort to provide highest crowd enjoyment. The two stages are intended to eliminate wait time between band setup.
The line-up for the evening will be the two winners of USF’s Battle of the Bands tournament, Hot Chelle Rae, Owl City and All-American Rejects to close. Fireworks are set to close the evening.
Grandparents Day at the Ball Field
Students are encouraged to bring their grandparents (and the rest of the family) to the USF Baseball and USF Softball games.
Spring Football Game
5:00 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium
Bullrunner buses will not be transporting students to the stadium on this day.