CUP unveils spy-themed Springfest

By Samantha Egan

This year’s Springfest theme has finally snuck out of the shadows. The Council for University Program’s (CUP) Springfest committee announced this year’s theme will be spy filled, titled Springfest 007.

Springfest committee co-chairs Michelle Kodz and Travis Weisberger said the latest James Bond movie, “Casino Royale,” released in November, played a key role in the choice of the theme, as well as the year 2007 fitting in with the 007 logo.

The organizers also said a spy theme could relate to many activities the committee is planning for Springfest week.

“We basically went off whatever theme we could base the most events off of,” Weisberger said.

The quality of the activities was the most important aspect of the planning process.

“Our most important priority is having an event that people will want to go to,” Weisberger said.

Over the past couple months the committee has worked to schedule activities for the week of April 9-14, including a Nintendo Golden Eye Tournament in the Student Center Ballroom, a show featuring two comedians, a campus-wide scavenger hunt titled the Spyhunt, events planned for outdoor quads and screenings of “Goldfinger” and “Casino Royale” in afterHOURS.

With an additional $30,000 allocated by the Budget Review Committee, CUP bid on comedians for Springfest, who will be announced pending contract negotiations.

The Springfest concert committee will also soon announce the artists for the $250,000 concert, which will be the Saturday of Springfest week. Only lawyer’s signatures are pending.

Last year’s theme “I want my NEU!,” a spin-off of the MTV slogan “I want my MTV!” included activities like a karaoke night and fashion events.

“We want to continue what was started last year,” Kodz said. “Last year was the first time the events stuck to the theme.”

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