The flying disk shines neon blue against the black sky. Bucknell students jockey for position beneath it, winded and cold in the brisk night air, waiting for the disk to drop.
It's well after dark. It's Late Night @ KLARC.
The students are incandescent blurs, impossible to identify except for the glow sticks circling their heads or wrists to mark them as members of the teams competing.
At last the disk slows and hovers just out of reach before falling into the hands of the victor. Bucknell's first game of Illuminated Ultimate Frisbee has been won.
Late Night @ KLARC (Kenneth Langone Athletic & Recreation Center) launched in spring 2013. It includes keeping the KLARC open until 1 a.m. and holding weekly late-night group fitness classes, events and intramural games.
To keep students informed of programming, Recreation Services also released a new app - BisonRec - which provides updates about group fitness schedules and Late Night @ KLARC events, and general information about classes and registrations, facility hours and directions.
Late Night @ KLARC was created in response to data from the Campus Climate Report.
"The report showed that students were engaging in unhealthy activities at night, or no activity at all," said Laurel Kopecky, assistant director of recreation services. "We wanted to initiate more student-focused, robust late-night programming to help turn that around."
Many Late Night @ KLARC events are co-sponsored by athletic teams, as well as fraternities and sororities.
The events have been a mix of the expected and unexpected, from a three-on-three basketball tournament to a Dive-In Movie, where students watched a film on the Kinney Natatorium big screen from the pool or the stands.
"They're really popular," said Kety Silva '14. "I went to Zumba Party and there was a great turnout. The glow sticks were cool."
Other Late Night @ KLARC events include Candlelight Yoga, Glow-in-the-Dark Dodgeball and Bison Idol, featuring the finest lip-synching this side of the Susquehanna.
"We're really happy with the response from the campus community so far," said Kopecky. "We have lots of exciting things in store and we hope it gets even bigger and better."
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