by Lauren DeSalvo, Daily Vidette Staff Writer

It looks like students who want to attend on-campus events are going to have a fun year judging by the turnout of Up Late @ State’s first event, Glow Fest.

Up Late @ State is in its sophomore year and has already proved the events planned for 2012 are not to be missed.

After the success of Glow Fest 2011, Up Late @ State’s first event ever, Late Night Programming Specialist Michelle Stover decided to do it again but way bigger. The number of students in attendance was estimated to be around 2,000.

“I was definitely hoping to see many students out on Saturday, and I was pleased with the turnout. I am really excited for the new year,” Stover said.

Students who attended received glow sticks, light up rings and glasses; someone even had a light-up pacifier. Students could make personalized hats, paint sunglasses and molds of their hands.

“I’ll definitely attend more of these events; this is pretty cool. I like all the free stuff and accessories,” Ron Otoo, a graduate student, said.

Many students enjoyed the free stuff, but the entertainment was not to be overlooked. Students also enjoyed the DJ setup in front of Milner Library and the giant rave-like dance party that accompanied it. Other attractions were light and fire dancers.

Up Late @ State has more events coming up, including a Late Night Luau on the Quad on Sept. 20 and a Backyard Bonfire that will be partnered with Red Alert in between Horton Field House and Redbird Arena on Oct. 18.

“ISU offers events that are fun, interactive, unique and free. We really try to spice it up and do stuff students haven’t seen,” Stover said.

The University Program Board is another source of campus activities. UPB hosts a wide variety of events, including concerts, movie nights, free bowling and billiards nights, murder mystery dinners, and more.

For the first weekend, UPB is having a Block Party and Foam Party on the Quad on Friday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., and a Dance Party and Extreme Indoor Laser Tag in the Brown Ballroom located in the Bone Student Center on Saturday, Aug 25 at 7 p.m.

Students can go on their website and download the entire Fall 2012 event schedule to learn about more of the events planned for this semester.

Students looking to get involved at ISU have several options to choose from. There are hundreds of registered student organizations that can all be found on the Dean of Students webpage. Students can get help finding an organization that interests them by going to the Student Involvement Center located in the Bone Student Center.

Students can also find out more about how to join these organizations at the annual UPB event, Festival ISU. This is an all- day event on the Quad on Thursday, Aug. 30 where organizations will be giving out information and free promotional gear.

For those students who are not interested in joining an organization, there are still plenty of events they can attend with no strings attached and most likely will not leave empty-handed.

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