By: Jianna Vasquez
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but if you don’t have a date, Aggies Activity Council and Barnes & Nobles have you covered. Aggies Activity Council will be co-programming with Barnes & Nobles to bring the community a night of games, food and music on Monday, February 13.
Barnes & Noble will host their fifth annual Aggie-Tech kiss-off starting at 5:30 p.m. The kiss-off will be a competition where a team of two people will hold a bottle of mouth wash between their chins with their hands behind their backs. The last team standing will win the competition.
“It’s a lot more fun than people think it’s going to be,” said Aggie-tech member and Marketing Major, Will VanOrder. Everyone who participates will receive a prize, but the three last teams left standing will receive bigger prizes; the third place team will receive a free three-course-meal dinner on Valentine’s Day at Fultons Bistro, second place will receive two $100 gift cards for Barnes & Noble and the first place team will receive the grand-prize of two matching Ipads.
In previous years, the longest time that the competition has lasted was two hours and forty-five minutes, but last year it was less than an hour. To sign-up for the kiss-off you can visit AggieTechKissOff.EventBrite.com or show up to the door, but there will be a maximum of 50 teams who will be allowed to participate in the kiss-off. The deadline to participate will be at 4 p.m.
Although this will be the Aggie-Tech’s fifth year doing the kiss-off it is the first year that they will be co-programming with Aggies Activity Council.
“In previous years it’s just been the kiss-off so once the competition is over there’s nothing to do, but they’re bring live music and other things to the table that we’ve never had practice providing,” said VanOrder.
Aggies Activity Council wants to take the pressure off of Valentine’s Day for people who don’t have a date.
“The idea was to have mixer,” said one of AAC’s program directors, Michaela Van Wormer. “If you don’t have date you can come be single, mix and mingle.”
This event is aimed at being interactive with one another and getting to know each other through fun and games. AAC will be hosting a game where participants ask each other questions that they would not usually ask each other.
Apart from bring games, AAC will also provide food and entertainment by the Indie-folk duo Beth and James. AAC will be giving away shirts for whoever gets up and participates in open-mic. Beth and James will begin their performance at 7 p.m..
For the indie-folk duo from Austin, Texas, Beth and James Valentine’s Day is an enjoyable holiday because not only are they a musical duo, but they are also a couple.
“It’s nice to be able to spend Valentine’s Day playing music together,” said the duo. “Also, chocolate’s the best.”
This will be the duos first time performing in New Mexico.
“We are so excited to play at NMSU and meet everybody,” said Beth and James. “We’ve never played a show together in New Mexico, but we’ve always wanted to
come.” Beth and James will be releasing their debut EP on April 28. To stay updated on their releases you can visit their website at http://www.bethjamesband.com
Aggies Activites Council and the Aggie-Tech squad’s Valentine’s Day event are both free to whoever wants to participate. The event will be located at NMSU’s bookstore, downstairs in the Starbucks café area.
For more information on either event you can contact Aggies Activity Council at 575-646-3200 or the Aggie-Tech Squad at 575-646-1791