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Showcasing talent — Daytime Distractions offer mid-day break for students

09.03.2015 – 9:12 pm |


Wednesdays in the Idaho Commons are set to be distracting in the best way possible this semester.

From live music to performing talent, Daytime Distractions in the Idaho Commons will feature a number of student and local acts this semester.

Put on by the Department of Student Involvement, Daytime Distractions are designed to provide weekday entertainment to faculty, staff and students in the Commons. The events are held noon to 1 p.m. every Wednesday.

“The Department of Student Involvement exists to enhance students’ lives on campus,” said Katie Dahlinger, assistant director of the department. “We know that everyone has their own schedule and sometimes they can get stuck in the same schedule.”

The acts will consist primarily of live music or performing talent.

A few weeks ago during the first act of the year, UI alumni Jeremiah Akin graced the Commons with his tunes. In coming weeks, local musicians Andrew Gomez and Duncan Menzies are scheduled to perform as well.

Some events will feature a more unorthodox distraction.

One event will encourage students to jump into an inflatable ball pit filled with plastic balls and questions written on pieces of paper.

“Back to the Future” fans will have something to get excited about Oct. 21, when the department hosts a themed event on the day that main character Marty McFly arrives in the future from 1985.

The event will include a showing of “Back to the Future 2,” giveaways and prizes, talks about how movies influence the future and possibly a Marty McFly look-alike contest.

Toward the end of the semester, the Humane Society of the Palouse will likely bring cats and dogs to interact with students.

Other planned events include building with Legos and decorating cookies.

Nina Rydalch can be reached at arg-news@uidaho.edu

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