Hoptoberfest comes back for second year

By TED TAK | October 16, 2014

Hopkins students celebrated the second annual Hoptoberfest, a series of events and activities on campus that spanned from Oct. 7-12. Hoptoberfest is sponsored by the Hopkins Parents Fund and directed by the Office of Student Life.

Hoptoberfest repeated some of the more popular events from last year, like free coffee on the Breezeway on Tuesday morning, which kicked off the festivities. Wednesday’s class spirit activities, such as the pizza party at noon at the Glass Pavilion, Happy Hour and the AMR BBQ also returned. Thursday’s Johnny’s Orchard made a return to the agenda as well.

In response to the popularity of Battle of the Classes at last year’s Hoptoberfest, participants this year were asked to each wear a t-shirt in their class’s designated color to the pizza party.

This year also introduced new events. On Tuesday, a special presentation on student life at Hopkins, sponsored by Hopkins Retrospective and the Ferdinand Hamburger University Archives, gave students a chance to view old Hopkins photos, yearbooks and other memorabilia.

Following the autumnal theme of the week, a pumpkin patch was organized on the Freshman Quad. A silent disco, among other events, as hosted at Levering Hall. Another popular event this year was Mocktoberfest at Nolan’s, at which students participated in alcohol awareness events.

The HOP sponsored Music on the Beach, Friday Night Films and the Zombie Race, in conjuction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

In addition to the activities for students, the weekend of Hoptoberfest came with many performances by Hopkins groups. From Oct. 10-12, the Barnstormers Freshman One Acts drew people to Arrellano Theater.

“As producer, I could not have asked for a more talented group of actors and directors,” Allison Comotto, vice president of Studio Productions, said.

On Oct. 11, the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra performed at Shriver Hall, and Hopkins a capella groups performed in Mudd.

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