Bearcats After Dark is a new late-night program at Northwest Missouri State University that seeks to provide students with an after-hours alternative to house parties, hitting the downtown bars or sitting alone in a dorm room when their friends have gone home for the weekend.
According to a university release, eighty-five percent of Northwest students who responded to a recent survey said they stay on campus at least two weekends a month. Sixty-six percent indicated they remain on campus at least three weekends a month.
To better serve those students, Campus Activities Coordinator Anthony Maly has been working with the university's Student Activities Council to develop events for young adults who don't necessarily want to go to bed at 9:30 p.m. on a Saturday night.
"We are excited to create a new weekend programming initiative for students that serves to provide opportunities throughout the campus community in which they can participate,” Maly said.
The gatherings are being funded through an increase in Northwest's student activities fee approved by the Board of Regents last March.
"Part of the college experience is learning how to balance school work with the social life," said Lindsey Steele, an SAC graduate assistant. "This series will keep students entertained on campus during weekends and serve as a form of stress relief. The events are things students can look forward to with their friends, and it’s a method of meeting new people."
Bearcats After Dark kicked off Friday, Sept. 13, with karaoke and a movie. On the following Saturday night an enthusiastic crowd attended a "foam party" in Centennial Garden.
For those over 30 or so, a foam party is a dance held on a surface covered with a deep layer of soap bubbles.
For information about upcoming Bearcats After Dark events, email Maly at email@example.com or call (660) 562-1226.