SUA will sponsor several special events this year, including a talk by a pair of ghost hunters and a murder-mystery dinner.
Students looking to take a break from studies and Lawrence residents seeking fun activities will have plenty of unusual events to choose from this year at Kansas University.
Student Union Activities, one of KU's major special event sponsors, has scheduled a talk by a pair of ghost hunters, a murder-mystery dinner, a photo exhibit and a yet-to-be named big-name speaker this academic year.
"We try to do new things that haven't been done before," said Camille Payne, SUA vice president of university relations.
"There's a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of creativity," she said. "If something goes wrong, you have to find something else."
SUA usually sponsors a major speaker in the spring. Last year, organizers brought South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu to campus.
"We're hoping to have a major speaker as big as Desmond Tutu," Payne said.
Organizers are still looking for a big-name speaker for this spring, but several other events are already set, including:
- 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 25, southeast side of Memorial Stadium, a tailgate party for Parents Day, before the start of the KU-San Diego State football game.
- 7 p.m. Sept. 30, Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union, a talk by Lawrence photographer Gary Mark Smith, who was on a Caribbean island when a volcano erupted.
- 8 p.m. Oct. 12, Kansas Union Ballroom, a talk by Ed and Lorraine Warren, ghost hunters who have been all over the world studying the paranormal.
- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 28, Kansas Union Ballroom, a murder-mystery dinner titled "Bubba's Killer Sauce." Tickets for about 350 people are available.
SUA also sponsors "Tunes at Noon," in which Lawrence bands perform each Friday in front of the Kansas Union.
SUA Program Manager Sue Buckley said that although many people may not know it, SUA programs are organized and run entirely by students.
There are 12 students on the SUA board, each of whom have 10 to 50 committee members, she said.
"I don't think people realize it's all students doing everything," she said. "Anybody can book an event but to pull it off, it takes a lot of work and a lot of personal time."
For more information about any of the events, call SUA at 864-3477.
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