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MU students let stress go on 'Frozen' rink

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | 7:19 p.m. CDT; updated 6:52 a.m. CDT, Thursday, May 8, 2014

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COLUMBIA — Students' grades might not be frozen yet, but a part of Lowry Mall was under ice Wednesday afternoon.

To help relieve students' stress before finals week, the Missouri Students Association and the Department of Student Life brought an ice rink to the MU walkway, despite the 90 degree weather.

Bringing an ice rink to campus has been on Student Life's list of things to do for a while, Assistant Director of Student Life Kathy Murray said, and hype around The Walt Disney Co.'s "Frozen" created the perfect theme.

The more than $5,000 it cost to rent the synthetic ice rink was around the same price as most of Student Life's end-of-year events and even cheaper than some, Murray said.

"Every programmer has a list of things they want to bring to campus," Murray said. "The 'Frozen' sing-a-long just came out, so this seemed like a great opportunity to do so."

The heat didn't seem to bother MU students — more than 100 participants came out to skate in the 90-degree weather.

Because one of the movie's main characters, Elsa, wasn't there to create ice with her magic powers, the rink was made of plastic sheets that were occasionally sprayed with a mixture of water and silicone to maintain the slick surface.

MU senior Alex Sanchez said skating on the synthetic surface was like skating on ice that has been freshly resurfaced by a Zamboni.

"It's like fresh ice; it's good if you're used to it," Sanchez said. 

Graduate student Anna Clausen, who was among the first skaters, was drawn by her connection to her favorite "Frozen" character, Anna.

"Disney finally got it right; they picked the best name," she said. "I love 'Frozen.' Saying I could ice skate in the middle of the mall, I just had to check it out."

After the rink was taken down at 7 p.m., Student Life provided snow cones and other snacks to students before the movie's scheduled screening at 9 p.m.

Supervising editor is Elise Schmelzer.


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