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Students brave cold temps to participate in RHA's Diversival

Students climbed up a rock wall and dropped down into a dunk tank at Tuesday’s Diversival.

The Diversival, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, took place on the quad and featured dunk tanks, a “moon bounce for equality” and “rock climbing for change,” according to RHA Vice President of Programming Amanda Silva.

Participation in any of the activities, including the moon bounce, rock climbing, tie-dying T-shirts, face painting, inflatable Twister and the dunk tank, gave Hall Wars points to the residence hall that the participatory student lives in.

Silva said the highlight of the event is “having something on the quad in general. I think the people are attracted to the color [of the activities].”

Wearing just T-shirts and shorts in temperatures in the 40s, members of RHA volunteered to sit in the tank for 15-minute shifts.

School of Public Affairs freshman and RHA member Marlena Luhr volunteered to get “dunked” into the dunk tank. Her participation gave her hall 30 points for each “dunk.”

“The water’s pretty deep, and it’s freezing,” she said right before falling into the tank. “But I’m warm with RHA pride and campus enthusiasm.”

The event, which cost $3,000 to put on and was taken out of the RHA Hall Council budget, was a part of Spirit Week, Silva said.

All activities were free and open to both on and off-campus students.

Last semester’s Diversival was cancelled after five attempts to reschedule due to rainy weather. Tuesday’s event was the second time the Diversival has taken place at AU.

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