Glow in the Dark Karaoke, laser tag and a Glow Ball Dance are examples of University of New Mexico Residence Life and Student Housing's award winning program, Rez-Hall-A-Daze.
Rez-Hall-A-Daze gives residents something to do from the moment they arrive on campus. Orchestrated by Student Programmer Marlene Smith, the Residence Hall Association, and National Residence Hall Honorary, festivities also included a hall-wide barbecue picnic, and Olympiad - the culminating event.
“People were so excited about Olympiad that we had an impromptu dance party on the Johnson Field,” Smith said. “We moved over to Hokona Cellar where most of the participants danced the night away.”
The Olympiad, a 36 year old tradition at UNM, saw 600 participants this year, which now includes Casas del Rio residents. Competing in challenges such as the human wheelbarrow races, tug-of-war and birdie on a perch helps students from the same hall to bond, as well as facilitate bonding with other halls.
Hokona Hall took home the trophy home for the 2013-2014 academic year. Smith said, “Planning three weeks of Rez-Hall-A-Daze events was a very rewarding challenge. By the end of August, I was definitely tired, but I knew that my hard work would help set the foundation for creating student leaders and better residents in our halls.”