Get a group of friends this weekend and join one or all STATIC’s exciting events.

IUP’s Student Activity Committee (STATIC) has another week of exciting events planned.

Students can look forward to a Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Class, Masterpieces and Mocktails and one of the ever-popular Spring Trivia Nights.

On Thursday, STATIC is hosting an event called Masterpieces and Mocktails, which includes painting and sipping mocktails in a socially distanced, safe way. The event will take place in two different sessions, one beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m. Participants must register on this event’s STATIC page. There are 50 people maximum per session.

Nikki Sausen, the artist leading the event, runs the company PAINT WITH ME! and will provide a prerecorded painting instruction video to STATIC to stream on Zoom. Participants can head to the STATIC office in the Hadley Union Building (HUB) – on the second floor above the gym entrance – from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to pick up their painting kit.

STATIC is also posting mocktail recipes on social media for participants to make and enjoy during their painting session.

“[We find the recipes] on Google and Pinterest,” said Cassidy Krug, STATIC’s executive chair. “We try to figure out which ones are the simplest since, if you’re in a dorm, you’re probably not going to have some weird juice. We look for [recipes] that are simple but still good.”

On Sunday, there will be a virtual Valentine’s Day Cookie Decorating Class. Those who would like to join the fun must preregister on STATIC’s event page and must also pick up their cookie decorating kits from the STATIC office in the HUB from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are working with a bakery in Dayton called Cake Shotts,” Krug said. “The woman that owns it, Jess, is going to be pre-recording a decorating tutorial for us, and then we’ll be playing that over Zoom. We’re giving out cookie kits that I think have three cookies in them and sprinkles and icing and everything you need to decorate them, and it’s all Valentine’s Day themed.”

On Tuesday, STATIC will be hosting the first of its monthly trivia nights for the IUP community brainiacs to enjoy from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Zoom. Participants must preregister using the link on STATIC’s page for this event and provide the name of their team, their teammates’ names and the name of their team captain.

The first Spring Trivia Night of the semester will be themed after “The Office,” and winners can even earn some cash prizes while playing.

“Originally, last semester we were using a platform called TriviaHub, and they sort of did everything for us, but this semester we decided [to use] this platform called Mentimeter that we used for Masked Singer last semester,” Krug said.

“You can use it for quizzes and stuff, so we figured we would do it in house. Joel, our music chair, is in charge of the event, and he came up with the theme for it and he came up with all the questions for it through IMDb because it is about ‘The Office.’”

In case you didn’t yet have plans for this week, or don’t have plans for the infamous and occasionally dreaded Valentine’s Day, consider spending an evening or two with STATIC and enjoy some mocktails, art, cookies and trivia with friends while staying safe and healthy in the comfort of your own home.

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