Up All Night series offers alcohol- free fun for MU students

Sunday, August 29, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:07 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 30, 2008

Out of breath from making a music video - a version of "Survivor" by Destiny's Child - Heddie Jones and her friends recapped their performance.

"The video's good to look back on and see how I was in college," said sophomore Arica Henderson. She and Jones teamed up for the video as part of Mizzou Up All Night, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday at Brady Commons. The annual event, part of the Mizzou After Dark alcohol-free series, drew an estimated 1,500 students.

Jones, a senior, comes every year, although Mizzou Up All Night is advertised more to freshmen.

"I knew it would be a stress reliever, even though it's only the first week of school," Jones said.

Along with making music videos, the event offered bowling and billiards, a music trivia game, wax hand molding, arts and crafts, board games and a Madden NFL 2005 video game tournament - all free.

"We want students who live on campus to have something to do that's fun," said Emily Aerisolphal, a graduate assistant who works with Mizzou After Dark.

The event also serves as a welcome back to students and a promotion for upcoming events.

Mizzou After Dark offers on-campus activities for students throughout the semester, including a spa night, karaoke contest, mystery dinner theater and, one of their its most popular events, craft night. Students enjoy these nights so much because they're free and give them something fun to do on the weekends, said Aerisolphal.

"They're meeting people, making friends and learning how to get involved," she said.

Sarah Landolfi, a freshman in line to do the wax hand molding, was excited about the opportunity to meet new people on campus.

"It's really nice to have this option to have something to do on a Friday or Saturday night," she said.

Justin Scott helped out at the event, handing out posters, T-shirts, pens and key chains. He attended all of the After Dark events last year and decided to get involved with the organization this year.

"Tonight lets students know they can have fun without drinking," he said.

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