By Faith Oakes
And so it begins – the University of Dallas’ most quintessential, legendary and world-famous (if you count the History Channel’s article mentioning it as world-famous) party-to-end-all-parties.
“Groundhog is… kind of like having a massive birthday party every year,” senior Christian Gontarz said.
The party officially kicks off with Groundhog TGIT on Thursday night, when two seniors will be crowned Groundhog King and Queen. The nominees are Patrick Butler and Chris Goldkamp for King, and Mary Quinn and Cosette Kulda for Queen.
On Friday, those of legal age will start the day off at the traditional Champagne Breakfast from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Haggar. The movie “Groundhog Day” will also be playing in the Student Activities and Leadership Center (SALC) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though for the sake of your sanity, The University News suggests one viewing and one viewing only. At 6:30 p.m., UD Ultimate will be out on the rugby pitch wowing us with their Ultimate skills.
Saturday is the official Groundhog Day at UD. If students enjoy early mornings or free T-shirts, they can join Student Foundation for the 5K run around campus. Powderpuff is at 11 a.m. on the rugby pitch and the alumni soccer game is at 12 p.m. on the soccer field, after which attendees can walk back over to the pitch to see the Hoggies’ rugby match at 2 p.m. Party in the Park on Saturday night is the culmination of all the Groundhog festivities. Shuttles depart from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the party continues until 12:30 a.m. No one is admitted to the park after 10 p.m., so make sure you catch a shuttle before that. The hayride is highly recommended. The music this year will consist of Battle of the Bands winner Kingfisher playing at 9 p.m., followed by High Definition at 10 p.m., and A Hard Night’s Day, the Beatles tribute band, at 11:30 p.m.
Both current students and alumni are looking forward to this week’s festivities.
“Groundhog is a microcosm of the UD experience,” senior Alec Thie said. “Much like the Great Books, it takes something the rest of the world cares little about, but should, and puts it in a place of honor.”
Tickets are available for purchase in the SALC for $35 each and include admission to the Party in the Park event, a Groundhog sweatshirt, and free food and beverages. The sweatshirt is equivalent to a ticket, so make sure to bring it to the park. Both student and state identification are also required for admission.