Freeze Fest organizers hope events melt away winter blues

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Let’s face it: By the time February rolls around, most of us will have had enough of the blustery, winter weather and we may want to hibernate until spring. But, don’t burrow yourself underground yet, or you’ll miss the first Freeze Fest celebration, sponsored by RIT’s Center for Campus Life and Division of Student Affairs.

The event begins Friday, Feb. 5, with a ski and snow board competition and carriage rides across campus. To warm up your insides, head to Java Wally’s for coffee, hot chocolate and entertainment. 

The weekend’s featured entertainer is 
comedienne Kathy Griffin, best known for her starring role on the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan and her Emmy-award wining reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show— $17 for students with ID, $26 for faculty, staff and alumni and $41 for the general public— are for sale at the Gordon Field House box office. 

The festivities continue on Feb. 6 with a sled design competition, human sled pull, ice sculpture demonstrations, chili cook-off, brownie bake-off and Ice Disco. The grand opening of RIT’s newly designed Campus Center will also be held. The weekend rounds off on Sunday with a 5K race and Student Government Super Bowl Extravaganza.

“RIT’s Student Affairs staff is dedicated to making student life more exciting,” says Ryan Giglia, assistant director for campus life programming. “This is one way to get our students out of their residence hall rooms and interacting with other students. It’s hard during the winter months when students tend to stay indoors. These activities provide some level of entertainment 
for everyone.”