Student Center to Transform into Ice Rink

May 12, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Spring is here, so it’s time to pull out the shorts, flip-flops and … ice skates?

Illinois Wesleyan University’s Student Senate will sponsor an afternoon of ice skating from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 21, at Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington). The main floor of Hansen will be transformed into an ice rink for one day, just for the event, which is free and open to students, faculty and staff.

The senate planned the event as one of several activities for May Term, a time when students can take intensive classes within a four-week period, as opposed to the usual 16-week semester.

 “The senate wanted to try something different,” said Kevin Clark, assistant dean of students at Illinois Wesleyan, and advisor to the Student Senate. “Several students and I went to a conference last year and saw people trying out the company’s display. It looked like something students would enjoy.”

It will take several hours for the company, Artificial Ice Events, to transform the main floor of Hansen into an ice rink with sheets of a special plastic polymer that are assembled like puzzle pieces. When it is done, the rink will be 30 x 40 feet, said Clark.

The company also provides skates, which will be free of charge to all students, faculty and staff who wish to participate.

To see additional May Term activities, go to the calendar for May Term.

Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960