Emma Downey, Contributing Writer
This year’s Groundhog festivities, running from Thursday, Jan. 30, to Saturday, Feb.1, will feature time-honored events such as Groundhog TGIT, the Champagne Breakfast and the Party in the Park in addition to a number of athletic events.
According to University of Dallas urban legend, the idea for a Groundhog Day celebration was born when a group of stir-crazy students petitioned the administration for a celebration of some kind during the winter months. “You can celebrate Groundhog Day, for all I care!” the frustrated president is said to have replied. The students took his comment seriously, and UD has never been the same.
“I just like that we look forward to it so much,” said junior Taylor Garcia. “It shows what a great community we have here at the University of Dallas.”
Groundhog TGIT, featuring the band Hard Night’s Day, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Beer will be available for $1 from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. At 11 p.m., the Groundhog King and Queen will be announced.
On Friday, Jan. 31, the Senior Committee will host the Champagne Breakfast in the Haggar Café from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Free breakfast will be served with mimosas and hot chocolate. In the Student Activities and Leadership Center (SALC), “Groundhog Day” will be shown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Student Foundation will host a five-kilometer race at 10 a.m. on the Mall. Groundhog Powderpuff will take place on the Rugby Pitch at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m., the rugby team will play Midwestern State.
Saturday evening, buses running from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. will shuttle students to the much-awaited Party in the Park. The party will last from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., but after 10 p.m., no one will be admitted into the park. A variety of bands will perform at the event. At 7:30 p.m., the alumni band Second Hand Smoke, which will play for the first time in 14 years, will kick off the festivities. At 9 p.m., The Kingfisher will take over. At 9:45 p.m., High Definition will perform, and Hydra Melody will take the stage at 11 p.m.
Students, both current and former, are looking forward to the annual festivities.
“[Groundhog] is a fun party where you can hang out with your friends in a stress-free environment before classes start picking up again,” said sophomore Jane Alsup.
Tickets are available for purchase in the SALC for $30 each and include admission to the Party in the Park event, a customized 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.