Metro-East Living

Turkey Palooza gets SIUE students in the holiday spirit

Jaye Hodges

Tossing a frozen turkey at bowling pins was just one of the activities students at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville took part in last week as part of the annual Turkey Palooza.

The Goshen Lounge of the Morris University Center on campus became the focus for holiday stress reliever games with a kind of carnival Thanksgiving theme.

“This was a bigger crowd than we expected,” said Kelsey Reichert, 20, who was Turkey Palooza event chair.

The fun began with checking in to receive a turkey punch card. Students then move from one game to another to get their card punched, from a cranberry toss, where students tossed red glass gems into plastic cups, to a canned good ring toss, walnut corn hole and a photo booth.

Once students had all four punches in their cards, they got to try their hand at turkey bowling.

“Turkey bowling has become a tradition here on campus.” says Dylan Stanley 22, graduate advisor for the CAB, “The students look forward to it every year.”

The event ends with free t-shirts that commemorated the day. Students got one if they successfully knocked down at least one pin during turkey bowling.

Turkey Palooza is organized by the Campus Activities Board. CAB, is a student-run, volunteer organization that serves both as a programming board and an advisory board. Its purpose is to provide diverse programs for the campus community and to aid in the social, educational, cultural, recreational, and leadership development.

Many of the events hosted by the CAB are open to the general public. For more information about upcoming events, visit Campus Activities Board at SIUE