Monday, September 12, 2016
Fresh on the heels of Mercyhurst University President Michael Victor’s inauguration on Saturday, his thoughts immediately turned to students and keeping the spirit alive for them as he paraded through residence halls early Monday morning with an entourage of drummers and pipers to signal the beginning of Hurst Day.
Victor launched the Hurst Day tradition last year, calling it a grand-scale celebration of student life.
“A celebration like Hurst Day, which is a campus-wide event, is the kind of social glue that fosters community and inclusiveness on a college campus, and so I am very excited to begin this new tradition at Mercyhurst,” Victor had said.
Today, he was just as eager to kick off the second annual event by canceling all classes and inviting faculty, staff and students to enjoy a day of outdoor activities on the campus green. Students from the North East campus were to be bussed to Erie for the occasion.
Festivities kick off with a scavenger hunt at 10 a.m. As many as a dozen inflatables and games will be positioned across campus, including a bungee drop and rock wall and, new this year, a zip line. Outdoor lunch stations, featuring everything from burgers to barbeque, will feed the masses. A highlight of the afternoon festivities is the new jousting match, pitting Mercyhurst mascot Luke the Laker against a challenger followed by other volunteer pairings. The day ends with a steak dinner for students at 5 p.m. in the new Grotto Commons and Laker Inn.
Victor stressed that the entire university community is encouraged to come outdoors and participate for at least some of the day.