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Powerhouse Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

On Friday, February 19, the Beloit College Powerhouse celebrated its first anniversary celebration. Although the student union and recreation center originally opened on February 6, 2020, students had not returned to campus yet, so Feb. 19 was the fill-in date. 

   The celebration was hosted for the internal campus community. Students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to join in on the celebration in person or on Zoom. Sweatshirts, tote bags, masks, lanyards, tumblers, frisbees, and pens were given away for competing in games and competitions. 

“The celebration was designed so students could participate remotely or grab-and-go while passing through the Powerhouse. The Beloit Student Government (BSG) generously funded give-away items ranging from pens to reversible hoodie sweatshirts. All students who came to the Powerhouse or joined via Zoom received some piece of Powerhouse swag,” said Mic Brunner, Director of Student Engagement and Leadership. 

   Games included spinning the “swag wheel” and “Guess the Numbers” to win prizes. Students had to guess the answers to questions like “How many light fixtures are there in the building?” “How many gallons of water are in the pool?” etc. Winners of those questions received a reversible Powerhouse sweatshirt. 

     “The one year powerhouse birthday was a mixer of both fun and safe practice of COVID guidelines,” said Luis Rodriguez ’23.

   The Powerhouse revealed its newest gaming system for students to check out. The Oculus Quest 2 is a virtual reality gaming system that offers multiple games for users to enjoy. The college also hosted a virtual caricature artist. In addition, music was provided by WBCR. 

   Remote and quarantined students had the opportunity to join in on the fun virtually. Zoom links were provided so students could participate in the events. These students were able to join Zoom calls to get Powerhouse gear mailed to them, their caricature drawn, and still participate in “Guess the Numbers.”

   “Overall, the Powerhouse administration team was pleased with how we were able to celebrate the first birthday of the Powerhouse. There was an energy in the building the whole day,” Brunner added. 

   The Powerhouse one year anniversary celebration gave students an opportunity to have some fun, even during the ongoing pandemic. In the future, the celebration will take place closer to Feb. 6, the original Powerhouse opening date. 

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