NMSU offers virtual and socially distanced events for students


NMSU hosts events virtually for student engagement amid the pandemic.

In the time of social-distance and doing many things virtually, New Mexico State University continues to host several events to keep students entertained and safe.

On Aug. 16, Dean of Students Ann Goodman. sent out an email to welcome all new and returning students, and to invite everyone to join the Crimson Kickoff Challenge. The Crimson Kickoff Challenge started on Aug. 16 and ran until Aug. 28. To participate students needed to download the GooseChase App, create an account, join the game: Crimson Kickoff Challenge and complete the missions. There were over 50 missions to complete ranging from 10 – 200 points. Many missions were photographing yourself at events or answering trivia questions.

Virtually, another event being held is a live Instagram tarot reading on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. Students will need to go to Corbett Center’s Instagram page at the time of the event to view the general reading and find answers.

There are many different thoughts about tarot readings, but Alyssia Trujillo a junior Business Management and Marketing major said she feels excited to get a tarot reading for the first time. Though she said she will enjoy it, she noted “it’s not really personal,” over social media. Trujillo said that she is hopeful to get some questions answered “although [she] feels like some people … put too much faith onto those cards.”

An event happening on campus is a Movie Under the Stars night– a coronavirus and socially distanced alternative to the Up Late at State nights. This event is on Sept. 16 and begins at 7 p.m. at the Corbett Outdoor Stage. The movie will be “The King of Staten Island” and free, individually wrapped, popcorn is available to the first 100 students.

ASNMSU Director of Activities Delaney Kast said there are multiple safety precautions being taken for the movie night. Student should bring their NMSU IDs and masks Kast said.

“This is going to be for NMSU students, so we’ll be checking everybody in with the Presence app. And if they are not a student they will not be allowed in,” Kast said. “We have squares set-up in a grid format across the lawn to maintain social distancing.”

The venue can fit up to 200 students, and Kast said students are encouraged to bring blankets, snacks and drinks.

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