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UB event to feature face painting, balloon animals

Travis Moody, Contributing Writer

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The University Board plans to bring a sense of nostalgia to Eastern students through a carnival/fair themed activity.

The UB will be hosting their monthly “Make it and Take it” event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday in the Bridge Lounge of the Martin Luther King Jr. University Union.

Sienna Mark, UB’s special events coordinator, said UB puts on a “Make it and Take it” rush hour activity on the first Thursday of every month.

While this “rush hour” event was originally scheduled to take place on the first Thursday of November, the UB had to reschedule because of issues concerning the original company it was working with.

“We were able to reschedule using a new company, so it came together very nicely this time,” Mark said.

This series of activities is called “rush hour” because participants are free to come and leave as they wish.

A face painter will be available to paint zoo animal designs on participants’ faces. Additionally, someone will be at the function making balloon animals.

“That’s what makes it a ‘Make it and Take it’ event,” Mark said. “When we did ‘Hug a Cactus,’ you could take home the cactus. This time, you take home the little balloon animal.”

Funnel cake and popcorn will also be provided to bring about the carnival spirit.

“It will be a fun way to brighten the day and the moods of the student, especially after this stressful and dreary week,” Mark said.

The activity was originally only going to include balloons, but then the UB added a face painter as well.

“We wanted to rename it and thought, ‘Where do you get balloon animals? At the carnival,’” Mark said.

From there, the name became “Air Fair,” a play of words based off of “airfare.”

“We want to give them a kind of throwback to the fun they had when they were a kid, when they would go to the carnival,” Mark said.

Mark said the activity will also act as a send-off before Thanksgiving break.

Surveys are available at every activity the UB hosts, and Mark said she strongly encourages students to fill them out and turn them in.

“Student feedback is the only way we know how to best serve the students,” Mark said.

Mark said the event will be relaxed, and that it will not take much time out of students’ days.

“It’s a fun and quick way to bring a smile to your face, get a cute balloon animal for your friend and try some fun food,” Mark said.

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UB event to feature face painting, balloon animals