Commons brings Argos together in Night Out event

By Morgan Givens
Staff Writer

Many University of West Florida students wrapped up the first week of the fall semester with food, games and more at the Argos Night Out event Friday night in the Commons.

Argos Night Out, which is part of a welcoming event tradition that dates back to 2000, is an event where students gather to experience some of the extras UWF has to offer. Throughout the night, there were many chances to express yourself and try something new — the only thing needed was your Nautilus card.

The event started at 5 p.m. on the steps of the University Commons for the Chalk on the Walk. With a stick of chalk, students displayed their creations on the concrete. Some drew artwork that involved their Greek organizations, while others paid tribute to characters from video games and popular memes.

Another headlining event was the Cultural Explosion where Argos got to experience and get a taste of different cultures around the world and the opportunities of travelling abroad.

“We can give them a taste of what it’s like from other places,” said William Vittetoe, director of International Programs, “But we also say that you can actually go to these places and learn and receive college credit.”

This segment of Argos Night Out was scheduled from 6-7:30 p.m. but the food was gone by 6:25.

Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity member Nick Robinson putting the finishing touches on his chalk creation. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Some of the inspiration for the chalk drawings were characters from recent memes and pop culture, such as the hotdog from Snapchat. (Photo by Morgan Givens) The halls for the Cultural Explosion filled rapidly as students tried different food from around the globe. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Balloon artist Mike Mauthe crafting his balloon creations for students in the Galley. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Students bustled from table to table to experience as much of the Cultural Explosion before the food ran out. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Friends gathered in the galley for Game Fest, which was the first real game night for many. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Cards Against Humanity was a popular card game for Game Fest, with the table being full most of the night. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Four opponents choosing their setups for a race on Mario Kart. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Two racers in in the zone in an intense race on Mario Kart. (Photo by Morgan Givens) The moment everyone dreads: when the Jenga Tower falls. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Argo students with a new take on playing cards. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Game Fest offered many video game titles, with Mortal Kombat X being one of the most popular and intense among gamers. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Naomi Semaan showing her vocals in her first of two performances on Open Mic Night. (Photo by Morgan Givens) Livi Vives shared a new style for Open Mic Night. Instead of singing she expressed her thoughts based on personal experiences, which moved the audience. (Photo by Morgan Givens)
Livi Vives shared a new style for Open Mic Night. Instead of singing she expressed her thoughts based on personal experiences, which moved the audience. (Photo by Morgan Givens)

After getting to try different foods from around the globe, many made their way to the Argo Galley for Game Fest. Tables were filled with board and card games, both classic and new, but the organizers did not forget about the gamers. Titles such as Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros. and Mortal Kombat X were some of the video game titles friends were challenging each other in.

“I haven’t had a game night in forever,” said Catelyn Charleston, a psychology major, “And it’s nice to enjoy a night out like this with my friends.”

Next on the agenda for Argos Night Out was Open Mic Night. This event, which took place in the Commons auditorium, gave many the chance to see some of the vocal talents many of their peers had to offer. Some sang while others shared personal stories about their lives other passions on the stage.

For the last event of the night, Argos gathered in the Great Hall in the Commons to learn and spread awareness of the risks of sexual assault in the dance party Rock Out the Red Zone.

“We are wanting students to be excited about coming to college,” said Mica Harrell, director of Wellness Services, “but also just be aware that sexual assault and students are at the highest risk to experience it in the beginning of the fall semester.”

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