The masses gather for the holiest night of the year

Grinnellians watch Superbowl XLIII on Sunday evening in the Forum South Lounge. While the official party was in the Forum, many students packed lounges across campus to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers pull off a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. - Aaron Barker

Grinnellians watch Superbowl XLIII on Sunday evening in the Forum South Lounge. While the official party was in the Forum, many students packed lounges across campus to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers pull off a 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. - Aaron Barker

The past few months haven’t been good for veterans from Arizona.  Twice now they have lost in a big way on the national stage.  And while the November loss might have caused more excitement here in Grinnell, the Superbowl had quite a few students glued to the couch last Sunday.

At the SGA-sponsored Superbowl party in the Forum South Lounge, over 60 students watched the game while several more dropped in for the free food and drinks.

“We have a lot of big events and this one is very well attended,” said Jeff Sinick ‘09, SGA Films Chair. “It’s a little bigger than last year but it’s a pretty great turnout, actually.  I definitely see more people sitting down watching the game.”

The event started at 5 p.m. last Sunday, with kickoff at approximately 5:20 p.m.  All SGA had to do was provide the food, which made the preparation easy.

“I usually watch the Superbowl so it’s fun to throw this party,” Sinick said. “But I consider this a smaller event [for SGA] just because it costs us less.”

Although there were a few students in jerseys that cared about the outcome, most just wanted what the Superbowl is supposed to promise—really good football.

“My main concern is that I get to see a good game,“ said Pete Kieselbach ’10, a Vikings fan. “And it was a great game, just what you want in a Super Bowl.  That Santonio Holmes [Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers] catch to win the game could go down as one of the greatest of all-time.”

But whether they were there rooting for a team or the commercials, the experience was a good one.

“I get a big screen to watch the game,” Kieselbach said. “We have great food, we have pizza, we have chips, we have dip and for a fan that’s all you can ask for when you watch a game.”

But the forum wasn’t the only place to catch the game.  Several dorms across campus featured their own parties and one of the largest was at Cleveland 1st lounge.  This is the second year that Emily Iwuc ’08 has held a Superbowl party.

“I don’t have a television at my place so I just figured I’d do it again here,” Iwuc said, who graduated last year and has been living in town for the past semester. “And I wanted another try at the vegan chicken wings.”

For Iwuc though, the game was secondary— it was just another reason to have a party, hang out with friends, and eat a lot of great food. “It’s American,” Iwuc said. “I love America.  I’m not even drinking.”

And next year it won’t be hard to find Iwuc; she’ll be in front of the TV eating a vegan chicken wing.

“I’m going to continue it,” Iwuc said. “Because it’s a big festival and a ton of fun and a joyful celebration of life. I look forward to any time I can make tons of food.”