It was not an ice skater’s paradise. The puzzle-piece ice rink was too small to admit more than a handful of students at a time and the surface was rough and uneven.
However, a few intrepid souls slipped, tripped and wobbled along, laughing and crashing, shunning the cold.
Larger crowds watched the skaters, attended by a well-supplied table of hot drinks and cookies.
Artificial snow drifted down over the scene and students crouched in front of a collection of diminutive pines to have their picture taken in “the forest.”
Friday marked the end of the first week of classes at Boise State. In celebration, the Student Involvement and leadership Center put on a “Winter Welcome Festival.”
From 4 to 8 p.m. students were invited to stop by the Transit Center patio and help themselves to refreshments, meet up with friends and take a spin on the temporary ice rink constructed there.
“They should have just taped off a section of the sidewalk and left it unsalted,” quipped Jordan Walker, junior education major. “It would have been way better ice than whatever they have out there.”
The ice rink was, in reality, pieces of plywood covered by semi-translucent plastic.
“Every time I’d try to push forward my skates would just turn out instead,” said Lance Moore, junior communication major.
Students were also invited to take a few minutes to tie a quilt as part of The Linus Project.
All the blankets made at the events were tagged to be donated to either the Ronald McDonald House or Saint Luke’s Boise Medical Center.
“I like that they added the element of charity to it,” said Tiffany Cole, senior psychology major. “I feel like it’s a good way to get college students to give back—luring them with cookies and hot chocolate.”
The petite, rutted ice rink did not discourage too many students. At one point a crowd of nearly 80 students had gathered, with others filtering in and out over the course
Perhaps the placement of the event directly outside the Student Union Building and on one of the busiest intersections on campus helped.
“I was just walking by and had to stop and figure out what was going on,” Cole said.“I’m glad I did. It’s a lot of fun, even if it is completely random.