Spartapalooza (Nov. 21)

On Nov. 21 from 6 – 10 p.m., more than 1,200 students, faculty and administrators will attend Spartapalooza, an annual event held at York College’s Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center that celebrates being a Spartan with games, music and fun activities. What most people don’t know, however, is that the Special Events Planning class arranges it all. The students, usually Recreation and Leisure majors, are in charge of everything from the budget to implementation.

“The class has the decision-making power regarding basically everything,” said Lauren Hannaford, Special Events Planning teaching assistant.

The students are also asked to bring new ideas to the event, and this year, those ideas include new inflatables and pool Quidditch (a competitive sport in the wizarding realm of the Harry Potter universe). Many activities from previous years, such as Minute-to-Win-It, student/faculty volleyball and the cardboard boat regatta, will again take place.

Some of the other important aspects of the event, such as the music and food, were decided based on feedback from a survey last year. 

“The class receives the budget via Student Senate and then divides it among the planning committees as needed -- entertainment, marketing, food, risk management, volunteers, prizes/donations and decorations,” Hannaford added.

Along with Hannaford, Julie Saville, Ph.D., recreation and leisure program coordinator, and A.J. Cimaszewski, assistant director of facility operation at the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center, supervise the annual event.