Freshmen Cat Chu and Charlotte Ho pick up supplies from SOUP’s Adopt a Rock! event. Photo by Alana Melvin
On Wednesday, March 31, Lawrence University’s Student Organization for University Programming (SOUP) hosted their Adopt a Rock! event. Due to cam- pus-wide COVID-19 restrictions taking place during the first two weeks of the term, the event was grab-and-go style. Students were able to pick up a carton of supplies in Warch Campus Center.
Within the carton provided, stu- dents were given their own pet rock, as well as a pair of googly eyes to decorate with. Beyond the supplies provided, cre- ativity was left up to each individual stu- dent. SOUP, as a way to engage students during the two week-long campus quar- antine, will continue to offer other grab- and-go art-related projects until students are able to safely gather for events.
Besides the Adopt a Rock! event, SOUP also offered a Vans Design contest on Wednesday, April 7, in which students were able to grab supplies and competi- tion rules at Warch Campus Center. SOUP accepted both physical and digital designs for the event. As a prize, students competed for an opportunity to win their own pair of custom Vans.
In addition to these two events, SOUP will continue to host other grab- and-go events throughout the quarantine period, with the hope of safely engaging students on campus. Other events SOUP will be hosting includes a grab-and-go Make Your Own Tie Blanket project on Wednesday, April 14.
Once the quarantine COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted on cam- pus, in-person, socially distanced and masked SOUP events will begin taking place, including Paper Mache Crafts being offered in Warch Campus Center on Wednesday, April 28.
Because of their creativity, SOUP works to offer students fun and creative opportunities during a two-week long waiting period. Student engagement continues to be an accomplished goal for the organization, despite gathering restrictions at the beginning of the term. Whether SOUP offers grab-and-go activi- ties or in-person events, students are pre- sented with unique opportunities to build their social life, in addition to their pet rock collection.