UTEP Families Enjoy Traditional Easter Fun
By Daniel Perez
The Easter celebration started early for more than 150 members of the Miner Nation who enjoyed a picture-perfect morning April 16 at Memorial Triangle complete with Easter-themed activities and an appearance by the Easter Bunny and Paydirt Pete.
Representatives from The University of Texas at El Paso’s Women’s Resource Center (WRC), and Greek organizations, Alpha Xi Delta sorority and the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity organized the traditional event for the children of UTEP students, faculty and staff.
The Greeks offered a basket full of fun carnival-like opportunities for all ages such as face painting, lawn bowling, bunny bingo, a duck pond and sidewalk art. The older children enjoyed jumping balloons, dance contests and musical chairs. Teens and the older crowd enjoyed the cake walk and the free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks.
The event’s signature draw was the egg hunt where an estimated 1,000 colorful plastic eggs filled with candy are strewn around two-thirds of the lawn. A handful of eggs contained a slip of paper that entitled the owner to numerous toy-filled Easter baskets.
Like ants at a picnic, the squealing children and their parents happily collected the eggs and cleared the lawn in a few minutes.
“It was awesome,” said Espi Candelaria, administrative secretary at the WRC and an event coordinator. She has been involved in the campus Easter celebration for 11 years. “It was a beautiful day – no wind. People would tell me they were having fun. They like the tradition.”
UTEP's Easter Egg Hunt 2011