WCCS Hosts Big Super Bowl Bash
Great Food + Great Friends = Great Memories
Michael Hollerbach UG Student
On February 5th, the Life University Chapter of the World Congress of Chiropractic Students (WCCS) held a fun-filled Super Bowl party forLifeUniversity students. Approximately fifty students attended the off-campus event to watch the New York Giants edge out the New England Patriots 21-17 in a historic last-minute victory. The nerve-wracking game came down to the very last play, in which New England quarterback Tom Brady fired a pass into the end zone with just seconds left on the clock, only to be narrowly missed by receiver Rob Gronkowski, costing them the game.
“The game was a nail biter. It had me on the edge of my seat. It is not very often that I get a chance to go to parties during the quarter,” said second quarter chiropractic student Rob Wood. He added, “I am very grateful I was invited. They put an awesome environment together for watching the football game. Plenty of seats and food, the honey garlic chicken wings were the best wings I’ve ever eaten.”
“I’m not much of a football fan, but I definitely enjoy a good Super Bowl party. You can always feel the electricity in the air as everyone is screaming for their team. I would say that even the students who only came out for the beer and food enjoyed the way the game played out, as well as the chance to meet new people,” said WCCS club president Ron Sweeney. He continued, “It’s the students at Life that make WCCS possible. We wanted to give something back to the community, in appreciation of our fellow students and how they’ve supported our club over the past year. I’m very pleased with tonight’s turnout; I know a lot of students are taking time out of studying to watch the game, and they could have gone anywhere, but chose to spend the night with us.” Echoing Sweeney’s sentiment, chiropractic student Eric Axmacher said, “It was nice that the WCCS had people out that are not in their club. The food was awesome and the chicken wings were fantastic.” He went on to say, “Seeing all of the chiropractic memorabilia in the house was really cool too.”
As is the case for any self-respecting Super Bowl party, the food was the real star of the show. Just before kickoff, the house was buzzing with culinary activity—chicken wings were sizzling in the fryer, the savory smell of burgers and brats was wafting off the grill, plantains were magically turning into tostones at the skilled hands of chiropractic student Ramón Miranda, homemade guacamole was being lovingly churned by hand, and ice-coldNewcastlewas flowing from the tap. In the spirit of the Super Bowl, supplying the guests with good food and drink was a total team effort. Life alumnus Dr. Lou Hilliard was gracious enough to cook up his own secret recipe of delicious flavors of wing sauce. Trying to cater to the wide array of taste preferences, Hilliard mixed up a little something for everyone: honey-garlic, lemon-pepper, sweet and spicy BBQ, and of course, fiery hot wings. The wings were a huge hit—thirty pounds of wings were gone within minutes of reaching the table.
There were mixed reactions to the Madonna halftime show. When asked his thoughts afterward, chiropractic student Ryan Ball was straight to the point, “Liked it. I liked how Madonna played her good songs.” Surprisingly the majority of the women at the party enjoyed the mini concert while the majority of the men were not impressed. Club president Ron Sweeney said, “I didn’t even watch it. I stepped out of the room to check on food stuff, and walked back in on the middle of it. I recognized an aged Madonna and Nicki Minaj, but I had to have someone tell me that was M.I.A. The [halftime] show didn’t hold my interest at all.” There was also mixed opinions on the highly publicized Super Bowl commercials. Many party goers didn’t feel they were as good as past Super Bowls, summarized by Ryan Ball as, “Letdown. Definitely not as good as past years.” One of the more popular commercials of the evening showed a Great Dane bribing his owner with bags of Doritos after finding the “missing” cat’s collar buried in the backyard. Kia had some entertaining entries as well, and Coca-Cola went a little overboard with its polar bears, trying to compare not dropping a drink with a game-winning touchdown play.
The WCCS is a club on campus for students considering political involvement and/or international practice. Once a year, students from thirty-three chiropractic schools around the world come together for a week to discuss chiropractic topics from a student perspective. They discuss global chiropractic issues from legislative levels where they learn what is going on in other countries politically. The WCCS tries to help countries develop laws and guidelines to better the profession worldwide. During this week, students also learn what is going on at other schools around the world to gain a different viewpoint on what is being taught. The week spent together is also a great avenue for students to network and make friends in other parts of the world. These friendships quite often lead to future job opportunities.
If you are interested in learning more about the World Congress of Chiropractic Students club here on campus you can contact them at email@example.com. Their club meets Wednesdays at noon in room C-108.