Camp Out With Bristaco’s Bucket List!

New and returning students are getting hyped for Spring 2023’s biggest event bundle, Bristaco’s Bucket List! With many returning events from last year’s festivities, the campus has quite a lot to fill the last few weeks of the semester. 

As these events are put together by Program Council’s (PC) traditions coordinators, with Spring Traditions Coordinator Skyla Garrigan (she/her) taking the lead, she was excited to speak to The Comment about the upcoming celebrations!

We begin with Bristaco’s Birthday Bash on March 15 from 1:00PM to 4:00PM on the ground floor of Rondileau Student Union (RSU). This will be a passive event in which students can wander through the various set-ups at the event, such as stuff-a-bear, a photobooth, and other games! They’ll also have pizza and a decorate your own cupcake station, as well as our favorite mascot, Bristaco.

Skip ahead to our next event, BSU’s Annual Drag Show! Presented on the RSU auditorium stage on March 23 from 8:00PM to 10:00PM, the show will feature two local queens, Destiny and Candace Persuasian (check out our interview with her!!), celebrity drag queen Jujubee, and a surprise queen from our very own student body! The show will be big and boisterous, so make sure to mark your calendar! 

Garrigan explained the planning for this event was the most consuming, as “the drag show…because it takes a lot of time to….coordinate with all of the people outside of us. So it takes time to reach out to managers and figure out who we’re bringing, and then figuring out our budget for it.” However, it was also the one that provided the most experience for the coordinator. 

PC’s Music & Arts Festival on April 1 (no, this is not a joke!) will be laid out on University Park from 1:00PM to 5:00PM. Listen and enjoy performances by four local bands, and peruse the craft fair which features local contributors, as well as your fellow Bears! 

“If they sell products, we’d love to have them…If you…crochet and you want to sell some stuffed animals we’d love to have you!” said Garrigan, explaining that students may fill out a form ( in order to register to run a table at the craft fair. 

Interested in cotton candy paired with good ol’ fashioned county fun? Then the Carnival is the place for you! Set up in the Moakley parking lot on April 17 from 2:00PM to 6:00PM, Garrigan is excited to announce that there will be a lot of big rides, food trucks, and large bouts of revelry! 

“We’re bringing a big slide, one of the really big ones…that was my one request.” Garrigan whispered, when asked what she thought the most exciting part of the carnival was.

What do Bears love the most? Why, it would have to be some BIG A$$ BINGO!! Considering last year’s freeze, Garrigan was more than willing to do away with the movie portion of the event, but it will still be held on Boyden Quad from 7:30PM to 10:30PM on April 26. As the name implies, it will be big, and although we can’t share the actual content, Garrigan assured The Comment that “we’re having some big a$$ prizes.”

Lastly, and a favorite among the Bears, is Duck Day on May 1! Although it’s the last day of class, students better be on the lookout for rubber duckies to win some pretty cool prizes. Remember, those ducks are everywhere so search hard from 9:00AM to 5:00PM between classes! 

And a brief endorsement from our favorite 2023 Spring Traditions Coordinator:

“I recommend Duck Day,” expressed Garrigan, and so do we! 

For more information on the events, and to register to attend, go to on EngageBSU!

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