Get Down in Pitt Town
New students explore cities, restaurants, and shops
Audrey Dighans | copy editor
Downtown Pittsburg saw many new faces on the night of Thursday, Aug. 22, for the first ever Get Down in Pitt Town.
The event was one of several put on by the Campus Activities Council for the Back-to-School Banana Bash, a program designed for incoming freshmen to explore campus and Pittsburg itself.
One of the main goals was to inspire more interaction with the Pittsburg community and students.
Eva Sager, programming coordinator for campus activities, says that the event was inspired by the National Association for Campus Activities national convention held in February in Nashville, Tenn.
“They had a great time, so we thought we could modify it for something new here at PSU,” she said.
Dozens of students enjoyed free hotdogs, drinks and music before heading down Broadway from the Pritchett Pavilion.
Many of those students had their iPhones out and lists at the ready for the iSpy Challenge.
The challenge was designed for teams of up to three people who competed in a scavenger-hunt like competition.
They each had a list of 200 challenges, and the team with the most photos showing challenge completions by the end of the event at 8 p.m. won a cash prize.
Photos were posted to Twitter, where the judges could easily view them and keep track of which team was in the lead.
“We got a motorcycle to pull over while he was driving for one of the photos,” said Jesse Adams, sophomore in psychology.
The iSpy challenge was definitely a highlight of the evening for many students, says Sam Ortiz, freshman in music education.
Ortiz says running around downtown “like madmen” to get all the photos was the best part of the night.
Local businesses also joined in on the fun. Many of them offered special challenges in the iSpy competition.
There were also many business bargains, such as “buy one cupcake, get another free,” or half-price ice cream at Sweet Designs Cakery. All students were able to get in on the deal, even if they weren’t competing.
By showing their PSU ID cards, students received several deals at downtown business locations.
Jock’s Nitch offered a general 15 percent discount, and Bamboo Chinese restaurant gave out six egg rolls per customer.
The Colonial Fox Theatre allowed students to walk inside and see the building, and gave out fliers for upcoming attractions they intend to host this semester.