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A ‘Sweet’ All Niter

‘Candyland’-themed Event Brings Carnival-like Atmosphere to the Stamp

By Dylan Manfre M.Jour. ’23

a bowler rolls the ball during a cosmic bowling event

Under colored lights and disco balls, John Lin ’23 hopes for a strike during cosmic bowling at Terp Zone during the annual Stamp All Niter on Friday.

Photos by Madison Wells-James '23

With gumdrop and peppermint stick visuals borrowed from a classic board game, the nearly 3,000 students who packed the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on Friday revisited fond childhood memories at the annual Stamp All Niter.

From early evening to midnight, crowds flocked to a Terp take on “Build a Bear” and a roller rink along with events like swing dancing, art exhibits, movies (including “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”), comfort dogs, a comedy show and board games–including “Candyland,” this year’s theme.

“We are always excited to see the Stamp full of life, especially post-pandemic and during the winter months," said Laura Hood, student program manager for the Stamp. "It’s always great to see the students excited for this longstanding campus tradition every year.”

Catelynn Kreutzer, a junior in her first year at Maryland, drove an hour from her home in Southern Maryland, saying she was glad she’d decided to make the trip.

“I really did want to meet new people and hang out and see what events are happening,” she said between moves in the board game “Sorry!”

In a line that rivals the Stamp Chick-Fil-A at noon, Garrett Bart ‘24 queued up with friends for the University of Maryland Police Department-sponsored Build-a-Terp Workshop. He figured the wait for a stuffed animal would be worth it. “It’s moving at a medium pace,” he observed.

Scroll down to see the action at the All Niter.

two young women paint piggy banks

Sathvika Sangoju ’26, left, and Ayat Noor ’26 decorate cupcake banks at an activity sponsored by the Student Organization Resource Center.

two young women observe losing bingo cards and laugh

Amber Ahyick Wong ‘26, left and Samantha Osborne ‘26 show off their losing cards during a round of basket bingo in the Colony Ballroom.

students watch a jenga tower fall and laugh

Ady Yang ’25 (left), Gourav Saigal ’25 and Thomas Nguyen ’25 watch their Jenga tower collapse as Himnish Sambaraju ’25 (not pictured) pulls the fateful wooden block.

student poses for caricature artist

David Kiang ’23 sits for a caricature drawing with friend Annie Nguyen ’24 (not pictured) by artist Tom Chalkley, who has been in the business for 41 years.

students show stuffed animals they constructed

The “Build a Terp” booth, sponsored by the University of Maryland Police Department and featuring an appearance by its comfort dog, Teddy, also welcomed students to dress up stuffed bears and owls. From left, Carolyn Sultzbaugh ’26, Ally Jones ’26, Caroline Nugent ‘26, Olivia Pierro ‘26 and Allison Leonard ‘26, show off their work.

students try skating, with two of four falling

The Colony Ballroom temporarily turned into a roller rink, sponsored by Entertainment Events (with skates provided by Entertainment Avenue).

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