Queens students plan Super Bowl parties

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Students on campus are preparing to watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 2. Watching the Super Bowl is often a community event, but when students go to college they are often away from the friends and family members they would usually watch the game with. This doesn’t stop Queens students from finding fun ways to enjoy the game.

Many Queens students are having their own Super Bowl parties with their friends, teammates or Greek organizations. Nick McCaulsin, a freshman environmental studies major, is having a Super Bowl party in his fraternity lodge with his Phi Kappa Sigma brothers. McCaulsin is used to watching the Super Bowl with friends in his hometown of Hudson, Ohio.

“I’ll invite a couple friends over or go over some friend’s house, get some chips and dips and hang out,” McCaulsin said of his Super Bowl plans prior to attending Queens.

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Hiwot Hailu, a freshman cCommunications major, usually watches the game at a friend’s house in Bethesda, Md. This year, however, she is planning to enjoy the game off campus with some friends.

When asked where she will be watching the game, Hailu said, “Buffalo Wild Wings, most likely.”

Paige Ernest, a junior elementary education major, is also doing something new this year. Even though she has been in college for a few years, she does not usually watch the game. This year, however, she is going to her boyfriend’s parents’ house to watch with their family.

Adam Jackson, a sophomore environmental studies major, is not changing his Super Bowl traditions this year. He is a Charlotte native and plans to go home to watch the game with his family.

“I’m staying home with the family after church,” Jackson said.

Other students will be gathering in the Rodgers commons area  in the Levine Center at 5 p.m. for a tailgate and watching party hosted by Student Activities and Campus Recreation. The event will feature free snacks and halftime contests.

With the rise of technology, social media has become a part of the Super Bowl experience for many people. There are a number of Twitter handles and hashtags dedicated to the Super Bowl in general and to this year’s Super Bowl specifically, including @SuperBowl and @NYNJSuperBowl for official updates, #SuperBowlParty where people are sharing ideas for their gatherings and #SuperBowlCommercials where Twitter users tweet updates on their favorite commercials.

However, many students at Queens are choosing to focus on the people they are with and do not anticipate using social media to participate in a larger conversation around the Super Bowl.

Students’ Favorite Super Bowl Snacks

  • Nachos

  • Chex Party Mix

  • Chips and Salsa

  • Steak

  • Pizza

According to the New York Times, this Super Bowl will be the first to ever be held outdoors in the northeast. According to the NFL official website, the 12 year age difference between the quarterbacks in this game will be the greatest quarterback age difference ever. The NFL also points out that this will be the second time in 20 years that the number one defense will face the number one offense.

Whether it is for the game, the Bruno Mars halftime show or the friends and food, students at Queens and millions of Americans across the country will be gathering on Sunday to watch the Super Bowl.

Where are you planning to watch the Super Bowl this year?

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