Far to host Wii Fit Night

By Nader Ihmoud

The end of the semester is approaching, and students can find themselves overwhelmed by school-related stressors. Columbia’s Fitness, Athletics and Recreation group is inviting students to Wii Fit Night to forget their worries.

FAR will host the event on Nov. 17 at The Loft in the 916 S. Wabash Ave. Building, from 6 – 8 p.m. Event Coordinator Megan Smith said there will be only one Wii game console available. Two to four students will be able to play at a time.

The rotation of game play will be directly based on the attendance the event receives.

“If it is a small amount of people, we will set it up to be able to play five to 10 mini-games each,” Smith said. “But if there are more people, we’ll have [them] play three-minute games and [we will] have some kind of rotation.”

Students waiting to play the Wii will be able to play board games in the meantime.

“We weren’t able to get more than one Wii [from Student Engagement],” Smith said. “We’ll have some people set up to play Wii Fit and then while other people wait, we’ll have other games out, so it will be like one big game night.”

The idea of Wii Fit Night came to fruition because of its fitness aspect. Smith said Wii Fit will keep the participant moving, which is great for working out.

“I think [students] will like it because it is not the normal way to work out,” Smith said. “It’s a fun way to be active and if you do it enough, you actually could lose weight and be fit.”

She also thinks that because the end of a stressful semester is near, students will have an opportunity to release some tension.

“It’s fun and you don’t have to worry about [homework or finals],” Smith said.

The games available for the Wii Fit will give students the ability to burn calories by running, jogging and jumping. There are also dance games.

The event will be at The Loft because the material needed for the event is already there, and Smith believes the event will be more successful in the location. The Loft has a projector available for use, which will make for better participation, according to Smith.

Students can show up to the event without prior registration and it is open to all Columbia students.