Annual event encourages students to ‘Be Out’

Florida A&M University will host its 11th annual “Be Out Day” for its students and the Tallahassee community Saturday on the Intramural Field.

The event is the University’s last major activity of the spring semester.

The Student Government Association organized and the Kimberly-Clark Corporation sponsored “Be Out Day” which will be held from noon to 6 p.m.

With various activities scheduled for the day, the event is expected to draw a large crowd from the local community and students from Florida State University.

“We are expecting anywhere between 2,000 and 3,000 people for the event,” said T.J. Norman, chairman of the event.

Norman, 22, a senior business administration student from Willingboro, N.J., said SGA will also provide free food and drinks for everyone.

The event, headlined by the “Clash of the Classes” that includes a dodge ball and flag football game, also includes other games such as the egg run, tug-of-war, the three-legged race and an obstacle course.

Norman also said not only will there be performances from different organizations, but also other acts including T-Pain and the Nappy Heads, the Oak Hill Boyz and music by Thrill Da Playa, a DJ from WBWT 100.7 The Beat FM.

Local artists who wish to showcase their talents will also be given the chance to do so. Epicurean Fashion Experience modeling troupe will host a fashion show. Essence and House Arrest 2 dance groups will also perform.

Activities such as Sumo wrestling, the gladiator joust, the oversize boxing glove contest and the sticky wall will also be available.

For people who are interested in viewing other activities, there will be an Orange and Green football game in action for the Rattlers at Bragg Memorial Stadium as part of the day’s events.

Local vendors will also be selling goods for interested buyers.

Matthew Walker, 22, of Fort Valley, Ga., said he enjoys going to “Be Out Day.”

“I go more so to socialize, especially if you don’t get to see people throughout the week,” Walker said.

The senior health science and physical therapy student said he also loves meeting people.

Amber Amos, 18, who is the captain of the freshman team competing in the “Clash of the Classes,” said “Be Out Day” will be fun because it is so similar to the Field Day that she participated in at elementary school.

“I think it’s a pretty good time because it’s not too close to exams and it takes away the pressure from school,” said the food science student from Chicago.

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