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ASNMSU hosts Aggie Fling

The Associated Students of New Mexico State University will host the fourth annual Aggie Fling April 1-5.


Aggie Fling is a week of events varying from community service to concerts put on by ASNMSU to encourage students to become more involved.

"Aggie Fling is a bunch of events to help students reconnect with each other after spring break and allows them to do something fun before finals," said Phillip Trujillo, director of activities for ASNMSU. "It's a mini-homecoming. We put in as much energy and effort into it."

Trujillo said Aggie Fling began four years ago because ASNMSU wanted to give students the opportunity to break out of their shells and do something fun in the month of April, since it is warm enough to host events outside.

In past years, Aggie Fling took place throughout the month of April. This year, all events will occur the first week of April.

"We want to focus on making Aggie Fling an identifiable week of events," said Mario Ulibarri, assistant director of activities for ASNMSU. "We want to see more students involved and have it become a well know and talked about event."

Trujillo said a variety of events will take place during Aggie Fling, such as community service, meeting alumni, networking with administration, concerts and a movie.

"We wanted to have different events to reach different demographics," Trujillo said. "We want all students to participate."

The Aggie Fling will kick off April 1 with a blood drive for United Blood Services. The blood drive will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in front of Corbett Center Student Union. Ulibarri said this community service is important because there is always a need for blood donations.

The "Rockstar Energy Drink Get a Life Tour" will be held at 7 p.m. April 2 at the intramural fields. Bands performing include The Used, Straylight Run, Army of Me and Street Drum Corps. This concert is free and is the kick off to the national tour.

"It's great because NMSU is a host of the Warped Tour and they enjoy coming here," Ulibarri said.

A free student lunch with the administration will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 3 in Corbett Center Student Union. Trujillo said the lunch will allow students the opportunity to network with the administration.

"Students can express concerns and just talk with the provost, president, dean of students and the rest of the administrative cabinet," Trujillo said.

A free movie, "The Bucket List," will be held at 8 p.m. April 4 at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

"We did the same thing for homecoming and it was a big success, so we decided to do it again," Ulibarri said.

Trujillo said they chose "The Bucket List" because it is a family movie and would reach the demographic that doesn't want to attend concerts or can't attend other activities.

In replacement of Aggie Day, when NMSU alumni are invited to come back to campus for events, an Alumni vs. Student Co-Ed Flag Football Tournament will be held at 11 a.m. April 5 at the Intramural Fields.

"It's a good way to feature our intramurals program and also allow alumni to participate in something fun," Trujillo said.

Student and alumni need to sign-up as teams or individuals by March 31. Contact Jeromey Witaker at (575) 646-2907 or jwhit@nmsu.edu.

The last Aggie Fling event will be a Motion City Soundtrack concert at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Pan Am Center. Tickets cost $20 at the Pan Am ticket office until March 22 for students with a NMSU student ID. After March 22, tickets cost $22.

"Kelly Hubbard, the director of special events for ASNMSU, worked really hard to get reduced ticket prices for students," Trujillo said.

Trujillo said students should participate in the Aggie Fling events because it is another way they receive their student fees back to them.

If anyone has suggestions for other events or needs more information, contact Trujillo at truj@nmsu.edu or (575) 646-4415.