By Christopher Torres
On the campus of Hampton University Sunday evening, many students will label themselves as either a Saint or a Colt.
This weekend marks the climax of the football season as Super Bowl XLIV kicks off Sunday evening at approximately 6:25 p.m. EST. In addition to HU, millions of Americans will come together across the country and tune in to what is now a national past time.
The event blends an array of personalities in front of the television screen. From the die-hard fans looking for a great game, to those looking for a great time, the NFL’s marquee game delivers on bringing people together year after year.
“I can’t wait,” said Gyasi Adams, a senior engineering major from Willingboro, N.J. “I’m still going to tune in even though my [Philadelphia] Eagles should be there.”
Students like Adams are looking forward to the game, while others are looking forward to the social atmosphere the game creates.
“I see it as an opportunity to get together with friends and have some food and fun,” said Chelsea Boone, a junior print journalism major from Glenn Dale, Md. Boone plans on going to a friend’s house for the Super Bowl: “This will actually be the first time that I do anything [for the game].”
HU Student Center will host a party during the game for students. The Student Union Board is organizing the event. Free pizza and popcorn will be available, and soft drinks will also be sold. Robert Clark from Student Activities is planning the festivities with the S.U.B.
“It’s a great way to get students together,” said Clark, “especially the students on campus.”
Clark has had success over recent weeks with the Student Center “Movie Night” series, which is held Friday nights.
“We had 188 seats available, and over 200 students showed up,” Clark said of the surge in numbers.
As for being more into the game or the party, Clark is in it for the game: “Festivities come in at halftime. I’m more into the game.”
As for who is going to win the big game, Clark believes the Lombardi Trophy will head to New Orleans. “I want the Saints to win. They’re the underdogs, and you know we love underdogs in America.”
The Super Bowl party will be held in the Student Center Theater. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
The writer is a senior with the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.