Students show off their inner architects

Kelsey Vincent, 19, sophomore of Oshkosh, left, and Austin Hackney, 19, sophomore of Paxton, build and decorate a house last Thursday during Late Night Gingerbread House Making.--Photo by Teri Robinson

Kelsey Vincent, 19, sophomore of Oshkosh, left, and Austin Hackney, 19, sophomore of Paxton, build and decorate a house last Thursday during Late Night Gingerbread House Making.–Photo by Teri Robinson

What do gummy bears, Skittles, and M&M’s have in common? Each sweet treat adorned graham cracker creations at the RLA and The Pit hosted gingerbread making in the Student Center Thursday night.

About 55 students crowded The Pit to construct and decorate houses.  Although the event was held last December, only about 10 students attended. The Pit
manager, Savannah Menghini, 19, sophomore of Scottsbluff, said that due to better advertising and a more involved staff. This year’s event was more successful.

“This is an awesome turn out for us,” Menghini said.

The way the gingerbread houses were constructed depended upon the individual or group. Some students single-handedly took on the project, while others joined friends.

“You can just be creative with it and do whatever you want,” Kelsey Vincent, 19, sophomore of Oshkosh, said.

A few groups went for the traditional gingerbread house, while others made barns, mansions, or towers.

“It’s the leaning tower of graham crackers,” Morgan Rine, 19, sophomore of Mitchell, said regarding her creation, which resembled the High Rise dorm.

Other houses were even more elaborate.

“The gummy bears are for the gatekeepers,” Savannah Jackson, 20, sophomore of Valentine, said.

The gingerbread making was just one of several events RLA and The Pit are putting on in celebration of the Christmas season.

“Our next event is the Christmas party…ugly sweaters, so it should be fun,” Menghini said.

The Ugly Sweater Christmas Party and contest will be held 9 p.m., today in the Gold Room.

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