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Temple kicks off every weekend with four Fs Owls love to hear: Free Food and Fun Friday. In addition to being a great example of alliteration, Free Food and Fun Friday is an event held in the Howard Gittis Student Center at 10:00 p.m. every — you guessed it — Friday. FFFF gives Temple students the opportunity to start their weekend with a bang by partaking in hilarious and crazy activities and enjoying delicious, free cuisine.
Main Campus Program Board, the Student Activities office and other student organizations bring FFFF to life each week. Although its delicious food and
zany fun is consistent, the theme every week is different, resulting in various combinations of dishes and activities. Students come back each week because they never know what to expect — other than a memorable night, of course.
Each student who attends FFFF is able to get involved, and even has a chance to bring home cash prizes. This year was kicked off with a “guess the lyrics” game show that sent dozens of students home with cash prizes ranging from $5 to $50. Students have also enjoyed participating in games modeled after hit TV shows such as Family Feud and Minute to Win It.
Freshman Ben Lowenthal started his Temple career on the right foot by winning $200 in a game of ThinkFast trivia at this year’s first FFFF.
“I go to Free Food and Fun Friday because it’s a place where I can hang out with a bunch of my friends and have a good time,” Lowenthal said. “Winning $200 was such a cool experience and it definitely made me want to keep going back.”
Although it’s definitely a plus, the event is not just about winning cool prizes. Freshman Maura Razanauskas and her friends are die-hard FFFF-goers and attend the event every week.
“It is great because my friends and I can hang out, socialize and meet new people,” Razanauskas said. “The free food is an enticing bonus.”
Each Friday offers a new host to keep the party going all night long. Other honored guests include the hottest disc jockeys from WHIP, Temple’s student radio station, who pump the jams monthly at FFFF.
As if the music, activities and games were not enough, there is always tons and tons of free food. Put broke college kids in a room of free food and it is bound to be a good time. Each FFFF emphasizes variety in its food selection. The dishes are served in a buffet style setting and usually fit a certain theme, such as barbecue favorites, Italian cuisine or old-fashioned American favorites fresh off the grill.
“The food is always delicious and there are plenty of options,” Razanauskas said. “And the staff is always very friendly and generous.”
Whether you come for the food, the fun or the prizes, FFFF offers something enjoyable for everyone. Join the excitement every Friday at the Student Center to experience the good food, great people and memorable nights.
Written by Gregory van Buskirk
Photographed by Jademan Baker