Christina Davis, Contributing Writer
Celebrating its 50th year anniversary Feb. 2, Groundhog this year will feature new additions alongside the age-old traditions students have enjoyed in the past annual festivities.
The traditions include the Senior Committee’s champagne breakfast, Groundhog king and queen elections, and the Student Foundation’s 5K. Rec sports’ Powder Puff football game, a rugby game against SMU, “Spot the Groundhog,” and the Party in the Park will also make an appearance. Sophomore Lauryn Green is most excited for the weekday celebrations before the Party in the Park.
“The Tuesday ultimate frisbee game should be really fun, and the Powder Puff football game will be great,” Green said. The past events have been a hit and will be coupled with new, exciting events in honor of Groundhog’s golden anniversary.
This year’s Party in the Park will be held in Groundhog Park – for the second time in twice as many years – with amazing guest bands from local and out-of-state locations, according to SPUD Director Tara McCrorey.
The lineup features University of Dallas’ Wizard’s Tea Cup, the winners of Battle of the Bands 2012, and High Definition, a local cover band that has been a UD favorite. Scythian, the smash-hit performers of Mallapalooza in 2010, is probably the biggest name on the docket. Originally based in Washington D.C., this group of Catholic men play “kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility,” according to their own description – a perfect blend for the UD music taste!
“There is a really positive vibe on campus about this year’s Groundhog,” sophomore Sam Bond said. “There are so many new and exciting events to look forward to!”
Attendance expectations for this year’s Groundhog are soaring. 1,200 tickets, distributed in the form of pullover sweatshirts, have been ordered in anticipation of the festivities. The celebration will reach out to Groundhog-lovers across the country, with 700 more attendees expected at this year’s Party in the Park than last year’s final count of 1,000.
“The thing I am most looking forward to about Groundhog is the 50 years of Groundhog alumni coming back to celebrate and share in this great experience with us!” junior Jimmy Koch said.
“The unity of Groundhog is really special,” sophomore and Fall Romer Christina Castillo said. “In the midst of all the celebrations, UD is the uniting factor between students and graduates. It feels great to be back and involved in UD’s traditions, especially having recently returned from Rome.”