The Shorthorn: Jeff
Limbacher Political science senior Tamara Benson tests out her new mask Tuesday at the
Mardi Gras celebration. Students made masks free of charge. A three-piece band, food, King
Cakes and a crawfish-eating contest were also featured.
|Organizers say no bones about it: Fat Tuesday
celebration a success
by Sally Claunch
Special to The Shorthorn
Music sophomore Steven Westhydeman said he saw the signs for Mardi Gras Madness and
wanted to see what was going on. "I always liked the whole Mardi Gras thing; it's
usually a pretty fun party," he said. ARAMARK food service, Burger King, Centennial
Court apartments, Housing and University Activities and EX-CEL campus activities played
host to Mardi Gras Madness on Tuesday in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. EX-CEL
threw the party to celebrate Fat Tuesday, traditionally the last day of decadence before
Lent. The event had a jazz band, cajun food and a parade in honor of the holiday. There
were also contests and prizes. Susan English, associate director for student activities,
said approximately 250-300 people attended. "I am pleased with the turn-out,"
she said. The Gerald Ingram Trio played jazz music as people ate cajun food. "I
really never had any stuff like this before," said business administration freshman
Jessica Priebe as she licked her fingers, covered with hot sauce from chicken wings.
"I really like it." Linguistics graduate student Monte Mugrage said he liked the
jazz music. "I do like jazz. They are a good combo Ñ you can tell they've been
playing together for a long time," he said. EX-CEL members paraded throughout the UC
and around campus handing out beads and candy. Mechanical engineering sophomore Terrence
Johnson was dressed as a clown for the parade. "I just wanted to spread the Mardi
Gras spirit," the EX-CEL member said as he handed out Tootsie Rolls and caramels.
Greg "G-reg" Gibbins and Dan "Electra" Galitz came to the event from
KISS 106.1 FM to emcee the event and give
|out T-shirts, foam can holders, pens and Taco Bell coupons. KISS held a
Simon Says-type of contest called "G-reg Says." Psychology sophomore Beneca
Henson won the contest by patting her head and rubbing her stomach simultaneously. Her
prize was a KISS T-shirt. "I entered the contest because I wanted the T-shirt,"
she said. Civil engineering sophomore Bob Watson juggled "gravity sticks" with a
jester's hat on his head to entertain the people entered in the Centennial Court mask
decorating contest. The entries were judged by English, Scott Blackwell, assistant
director of Greek life, and Laurelyn Gaede, assistant director of housing and University
Center for residence life and operation. The first prize winner of the contest, Amanda
Small, a sophomore accounting major, won a $50 gift certificate to The Parks mall. A
crawfish-eating contest was held with two heats of 12 contestants each. The winner was
determined by whoever could finish 11 crawfish on their plates first. As information
systems sophomore Joseph Rigsby finished his plate of crawfish, he had red shells and
white meat on his face and hands. He finished his plate in 11 seconds flat, won first
place and received a $50 dollar gift certificate to The Parks mall. "I've been eating
crawfish now for 12 years," Rigsby said, "I'm good at it."