Ferris State University’s Center for Student Involvement has collaborated with campus partners to offer their first Flannel and Frights weekend, which begins on Thursday, Oct. 28. A schedule of events running through Sunday, Oct. 31, is designed to provide students a break from academic stresses and offer a fun and safe environment.
Associate Dean of Student Life Nicholas Campau said organizers are hopeful the campus and surrounding community will visit the Robinson Orchard from 12 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28. The grounds of the Dewaine V. and Jana B. Robinson Quad will allow visitors to stop by a petting zoo, sample made-to-order doughnuts, gather up fresh apples and take a walk in a pumpkin patch in the center of campus.
“We thought about the number of students that are new to Ferris and the area who might not know where the local orchards are,” Campau said. We are excited about bringing these elements together for anyone looking for a one-stop opportunity as we seek to provide them that experience on campus.”
On Friday evening, Oct. 29 at 9 p.m., a showing of the Disney Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus” is set for the University Center ballroom. Saturday, Oct. 30, the Residence Hall Association and Entertainment Unlimited host the annual “Bring Your Key, Skate for Free” activity in the Ewigleben Sports Complex. From 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., students can enjoy skating, with an opportunity to get on the move with laser tag. Through Student Activity Fees funding, as allotted by the Finance Division of Student Government, this is a free event.
On Sunday, Oct. 31, Campau said a 20th-century take on musical comedy and horror will take place as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” airs in the University Center at 7 p.m. Campau said this event is more than a film viewing. The organizing committee believes it will be a unique experience for students and guests.
“We will have props available for the first 150 students and an introduction to the movie by a guest, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Càel Keegan from Grand Valley State University,” Campau said. “He will speak on the representation of transgender people in media. We believe everyone should experience all that there is to see and do with ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ at least once.”
Campau said the Dean of Student Life Office wishes to thank the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Entertainment Unlimited and the Residence Hall Association for their input and support on Flannel and Frights.
Anyone with a disability who needs accommodations to attend any event on the schedule should contact the Center for Student Involvement at (231) 591-2606 or email their office.