Fear Factor’ attacks Spring Fling

Fear is on tap as the Program Council has scheduled a week’s worth of frightening events for the 2007 Spring Fling. This year, the attractions include terror-inducing rides and games, a snake exhibit and the bizarre magic of Brian Brushwood.

The “Fear Factor” themed events will be held on campus this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

A Christian music concert will close the Spring Fling on Sunday.

The Program Council’s Donielle Miller feels that these events will help to bring students together. She said, “At the Spring Fling, students have great interaction with each other and it’s also a way to get back in the swing of things after Spring Break.”

On Tuesday, Brian Brushwood brings his award winning magic show to the Sam Houston campus. He performs at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the LSC Ballroom. Brushwood’s self-described “Bizarre Magic” has been featured on dozens of TV shows as varied as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Anderson Cooper 360.”

Renowned for his college magic tours and a live show that combines comedy, stunts and sleight-of-hand, Brushwood was recruited for the Spring Fling by the Program Council’s Morgan Chesky.

Miller said, “Morgan found him and thought he would be a great addition to the line-up.”

Wednesday brings “Fear Factor Fun” to the LSC Mall area. Starting at 1 a.m., student can participate in human bowling, climb a Velcro wall and ride the bumper cars.

Starting at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday will be the “Ophidiophobia: Fear of Snakes” exhibit. This hands-on exhibit will also be held in the mall area.

Students will be able to touch and hold some of the snakes, as well as have their picture taken with them. Miller warned that some of the snakes will be on display only.

She said, “None of the snakes are venomous or dangerous, but some of them are unfriendly.”

In case of inclement weather, both the snake exhibit and “Fear Factor Fun” will proceed as scheduled, but will be held in the Atrium instead on the Mall.

The Christian music concert will be held on Sunday at the Pit. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. and Phil Wycombe and Sean McDonald are scheduled to perform.

The Sam Houston Challenge, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, has been postponed until further notice. Miller cited a scheduling conflict as the reason for the postponement.

For over 10 years, the Program Council has sponsored the Spring Fling for the Sam Houston student body. In recent years, it has replaced Winter Fest.

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