BY DANE KIPP
Those looking to beat the winter blues can look forward to Dragon Frost kicking off on Feb 7.
â€œ(Dragon Frost is) like a mini homecoming for freshmen and sophomores,â€ said Andrew McKenzie, Homecoming and Dragon Frost coordinator. â€œIts time to have fun during a cold, wintery week â€” relieve some stress and have some fun. We picked a tropic theme to distract from the snow… weâ€™ve designed the whole week for people to come out and have fun.â€
Part of this mini homecoming involves snow royalty. Unlike homecoming royalty, Dragon Frost royalty is for freshmen and sophomores only.
â€œThis is a chance for residents that are younger to be recognized. We got a lot of nominations, which is awesome,â€ McKenzie said.
In addition to royalty, the week boasts a variety of events, most of which are free, to keep students busy. A complete list of events is available on MSUMâ€™s official website, but McKenzie highlighted a few.
â€œThereâ€™s a snow sculpture competition for individuals or organizations,â€ he said. â€œThereâ€™s no specific topic, use your imagination.
The snow sculpture contest is on Monday with judging at 3 p.m. It is free to enter, and the winner will receive a $100 prize.
Other events include a chili feed outside the Center for the Arts on Tuesday, the One Ton Sundae ice cream social in the CMU on Wednesday and a pool party in Nemzek on Thursday with music and games.
The Dragon Entertainment Group is sponsoring several events, including a showing of the recent movie â€œThe Social Networkâ€ on Monday night.
â€œSomething weâ€™re doing cool for this movie is putting up a projection of a Twitter hash tagging conversation about the movie,â€ said Billy â€œChiaâ€ McDonald, showcase and marketing coordinator for the Dragon Entertainment Group. For those with Twitter accounts, the conversation is at #msumsn.
The Group has also set up a performance by mentalist Chris Carter.
â€œChris Carter has performed at our school every year for the better part of a decade,â€ McDonald said. â€œHeâ€™s guaranteed to freak out any audience with his mind games.â€
The Dragon Entertainment Groupâ€™s big event is the dinner and formal dance on Friday. There are 140 seats at $10 per seat. There will be a dinner from 7-8 p.m. From 8-9 p.m. there will be ballroom dancing with personal lessons from the Swing Club. From 9 p.m.-1 a.m. there will be a dance party.
â€œThe Group is really excited,â€ McDonald said, â€œ â€˜cause weâ€™ve never done anything like this and weâ€™re pumped to make this as special as homecoming.â€