By Danielle Kiefer
UMD students enjoyed an evening of late-night activities at Stamp Student Union’s 36th annual All Niter Sept. 22.
The event ran from noon until 3 a.m., and featured a range of activities throughout different locations in Stamp, including a movie marathon in Hoff Theater, an Open Mic Night at the Maryland Food Co-op, Blacklight Mini Golf in the Grand Ballroom and Caricature Artists in the North Atrium. The evening culminated with an All Niter Late Night Party, which lasted from midnight until 3 a.m.
Singer-songwriter K.Flay also performed as a part of the Student Entertainment Events (SEE) Fall Concert Series. While most of the evening’s events were open to anyone, the concert was $12 for non-students, and only UMD students could attend the late night party.
The first six weeks of a college semester tend to result in more alcohol-related injuries on campus than usual. This time period is referred to as the “red zone.” The All Niter serves as a safe Friday night alternative to going out.
“Being able to provide an environment where people can have fun on a Friday night is really important to our overall campus community, and I think a great way to build community is [to have] fun with each other,” Stamp’s Special Events and Activities Coordinator Kristina Rubio said.
In past years, students have received free t-shirt giveaways. But to better correspond with this year’s “Beach Don’t Kill My Vibe” theme, attendees received All Niter tank tops.
“The inspiration for the All Niter [theme] was taken from watching episodes of Saved By The Bell and looking at the accessory section of Urban Outfitters,” Rubio said. “This year’s tried to be more ‘on trend’ and more relevant to what is popular.”
Some events are a hit with students year after year. People look forward to bingo , because of the prizes, as well as the t-shirt distribution, Rubio said. Events with food, such as the free coffee tasting or mocktails, also tend to be popular with students.
The free food is what motivated freshman biology major Bailey Arenberg to head over to the All Niter’s festivities, who said she would like to attend similar events at Stamp in the future.
Freshman English major Alia Trannon felt similarly, adding that her favorite part was getting free candy and a henna tattoo.
The Step Show, performed annually by members of the multicultural greek council and various campus dance groups, also drew crowds into Nyumburu Amphitheater at All Niter.
“I think the Step Show is a tradition within itself,” Rubio said, adding that the performers dedicate much of their time and energy to putting the event together.
Rubio was also excited about having a mechanical surfboard, because those operating this university’s risk management have not approved any mechanical activities in the past few years.
More than anything, Rubio said she was most excited to “show off Stamp.”
“This is the biggest event that Stamp will see all year, and it’s comparable to Maryland Day,” Rubio said. “I think what makes it so unique is that the All Niter is planned with students first, and I think that is what makes it so much fun.”