Students spin wheel at Fifth Third booth to win prizes. (Bryan Reynolds)

Among many activities for students to participate in included free back massages. (Felice Smith)

By Maggie LaFleur

Students, old and new, crowded around Powell Plaza and Powell Corner, Thursday, Sept. 2 for Eastern’s City Fest, part of its 10th annual New Student Days. From waiting in line for slices of pizza at the Domino’s booth to spinning the wheel for prizes from University Book and Supply, City Fest offered many activities for students to get involved in. Not to mention, everything was free.

“I like the free stuff and I learned a lot more about what’s around Richmond,” said Jessie Jobe, a freshman, pre-med major from Hopkinsville.

Businesses around Richmond, such as Qdoba, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Art Attack Tattoos on Main Street and Verizon Wireless were there giving away free food or promoting their business.

A new Verizon Wireless store recently opened in the Richmond Center next to Buffalo Wild Wings. Representatives from Verizon said they wanted to come spread the word that they are now open for business. They were also raffling off free book bags, chairs and umbrellas.

City Fest also showcased different student organizations and departments with hopes to help new students learn about local resources and how to get involved on campus and in the community.

“[City Fest] opens your options for new things to do on campus,” said Courtney Young, a communications disorders major from Sidney, Ohio.

Registered student organizations and departments, such as Feminists for Change, EKU Republicans, Concerned Students for Social Action, Kappa Delta Tau service sorority, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, to name a few, were also there recruiting for new members and promoting their services.

Vice President of Concerned Students for Social action, Farah Ardeshir said she and President Cate Gooch were able to recruit 10 new members to their organization during the event.

City Fest was co-sponsored by Career Services and the Division of Student Affairs as a part of the New Student Days (NSD) program for incoming students.

New Student Days began Friday, Aug. 20 and will continue with special events throughout the first six weeks of the semester. While the purpose of City Fest was tied to student involvement, the next event, Hypnotic Intoxication, is based on building relationships and communities. This presentation has been one of the most popular sessions of New Student Days. Thursday, Sept. 9, presenter Keith Karkut will use hypnosis to convey the message of the effect alcohol and addictive drugs can have on students’ lives.

For more information on this and other NSD events visit

Local salon giving students free hair extensions. (Bryan Reynolds)