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OneSpirRIT: The Global Hockey Festival

Kevin Mead on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in Festivals

It’s been just a few days since the first annual OneSpiRIT Global Hockey Festival, and the electricity is still in the air. For those of you who don’t know what OneSpiRIT is or where it came from, allow me to give some context. The planning for OneSpiRIT began over the summer in the office of Dr. James Watters, Senior Vice President for Finance & Administration, but quickly incorporated almost every other department, administration and student-led alike. The name “OneSpiRIT” actually came from one of our international students who believed that despite the geographical differences, RIT has one spirit. And after months of planning, the event went off with a bang. There were hamster ball races, a rockwall, human foosball, ladderball, and of course cornhole. There was live music all day long, and some great barbecue food too. There was even an international lounge in which students could interact with their international peers through Cisco computers. The coolest part of the day was at the Women’s Hockey game. Over 1000 students helped produce two “card stunts”; one saying “One SpiRIT” the other saying “Go Tigers”. All in all the event was a huge success. Over 1500 students attended the festivities at the Henrietta campus alone, and a record breaking 3400 people attended the Men’s Hockey game that night. OneSpiRIT succeeded not only in engaging the entire RIT student body, but in bringing that body, and spirit, closer together.