By Rebecca McClaine
A crowd of over 200 came out to a combined Commuter Tuesday and Spring Festival event on Tuesday, March 2 in the MSU.
The KU Office of Student Involvement hosts the monthly Commuter Tuesday event on the first Tuesday of every month, inviting commuter students to receive a free meal at the MSU.
The Spring Festival, hosted by ACE, had been postponed from Feb. 12 as a result of winter weather.
The combined event included a massage station provide by OSI with three therapists offering free five-minute messages. ACE contributed a popcorn station with peanut butter, white chocolate and party mix, a painting station where students were given several colors of paint and a small white panel to be creative with, a Henna station with an artist doing free small henna tattoos and a bamboo station where students could pick up a free small live bamboo shoot and decorate the container it came in with colored rocks.
“It doesn’t matter whether you live two hours away or in an apartment down the street; if you commute, you are welcome,” Jenni Rach, assistant director of the Office of Student Involvement, said, regarding the Commuter Tuesday event.
Non-commuter students are ineligible. Students are asked to show their KU student ID as they enter.
Rach plans and runs the event along with Shanna Yarush, an officer in the Office of Student Involvement and member of the Commuter Student Association.
Yarush said, “It is a chance for commuters to not have to buy a meal for one day a month, and they appreciate it.”
On March 5, students could choose from chicken noodle or vegetable soup with crackers, several bread varieties and butter on the side. Cookies and a drink were also available.
“Past meals included hoagies, pasta and a nacho bar,” said Christina Adams, catering manager for Aramark.
One student, Sabrina Smith, first stumbled into the event by accident but has since started looking forward to it.
“It is a good time. It’s very nice to not worry about having to pack or buy lunch for the day,” said Smith.”
Rach added, “Often times, we invite other organizations to hand out information about opportunities for students.”
At this event, KU Clinical Services had a table set up with info about the Health and Wellness Center on the first floor of Beck Hall. There were several handouts including a cold and flu bag with cough drops and cold medication.
Past Commuter Tuesday events drew between 125 and 150 people. There were 128 students in February, and 218 students participated at the combined event on Tuesday, March 5.