Wednesday, September 5 was a day like any other at Madison Union, only with more giveaways and music. From 11 until 2 the first three floors were full of activities, including the patio which housed the bustling, weekly farmers market with twice as many students as usual trying to buy the food and decorative delicacies not found on campus.
Inside Madison Union, junior SMAD major Dominic Dean observed, “All the doors are open, so you can just pop in anywhere,” creating the open environment that Madison Union seeks to emanate year-round.
Almost every student attending proudly wore an airbrushed tattoo on their arm as they walked around trying to find an office to sit, eat, and drink their free coffee and eat their nachos while listening to the best artists Mad4U’s Open Mic Nights had to offer. Every office was filled with students eating and having a great time socializing with event staff.
The longest line was by far at the Student Ambassadors for Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union. They had a swag giveaway wheel that guaranteed a win, so long as you liked them on Facebook.
“Obviously you can get your money from them,” sophomore dance major and Student Ambassador Michelle Wu said, “but we do a lot more fun events on campus at football games and basketballs games.”
This message is shared by all the student organizations taking part in the open house. Unions are there to help but also create events for students, with input from them, to help them along their journey to graduation and entertain them as well.
The open house was a star-studded event featuring a travelling Duke Dog taking pictures with students. Also making an appearance were President Alger and new Vice President Tim Miller were touring Madison Union, meeting students, and envisioning their grand dreams for what is to come.
The Bobby Midnight Band, who were playing an enthusiastic and lively performance for the students in TDU. Much of TDU was the same as it always is; students were lounging in any available seat to do school work and eat their lunches, but all were intrigued by what else the Union had to offer. Auntie Anne’s had a pop-up punch, which attracted a large crowd that stayed for the killer tunes.
All the organizations hope the students come out again for any of their needs. “I love the atmosphere, I’m always gonna come here,” said Queenberly Escalante, “It doesn’t matter if I’m studying or here for a club.”