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Splash Makes Big Annual Ripples

Amid the revelry, a hot dog stand catches fire; no one’s hurt


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In the video above, Rhett checks out all things Splash, especially what’s in those tote bags. Photo below provided by Mindy Stroh

They came for the food and stayed for the stuff.

An estimated 3,500 freshmen descended on Nickerson Field yesterday to check out more than 200 BU clubs and organizations. The brave ones tried their luck and skill at pedestal jousting, bungee jumping, and Robo surfing (riding an inflatable surfboard like a mechanical bull). Everyone walked away with bags of swag: candy, pens, key chains, Frisbees, Boston guidebooks, even copies of the Declaration of Independence.

Jake Kallarackal (CAS’13) figured that as long as he had to be up early for Matriculation, he should check out Splash. “I’m glad I did,” he says. “I signed up for some dance clubs and a slam poetry club.” He also scored some free posters, a T-shirt, and a stainless steel coffee mug (use it instead of yet another paper cup, and save 25 cents every time you buy a drink at participating stores on campus).

Anish Kanoria (CAS’13) had to work harder for his ROTC backpack. “They made me do 50 pushups for this,” he says.

The Ultimate Frisbee Club snagged some new members, including Caitlin Dicicco (CGS’11), who played for the first time this afternoon. “I can’t wait to play again,” she says.

There was a surprise that caused the crowd to scatter for a short while: one of many stands serving hot dogs caught on fire. Joshua Vogel (SPH’11) was doing the serving when, he says, a propane tank ignited. “All of a sudden I looked up and whoosh, there were these huge flames,” he says. “I kind of yelled and ran away.”

The Boston Fire Department arrived within minutes and doused the flames. “I’ve never seen anything like this in the nine years I’ve worked at Splash,” says Mindy Stroh, director of the Student Activities Office.

There were no injuries, and so by Splash’s end many departed with not just new club memberships, full bags, and full bellies, but a good tale to share.

Vicky Waltz can be reached at vwaltz@bu.edu. Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.


13 Comments on Splash Makes Big Annual Ripples

  • Anonymous on 09.01.2009 at 9:11 am


  • impressed on 09.01.2009 at 10:11 am

    Such a hilarious piece. I want to see more of Rhett!

  • kcornuelle on 09.01.2009 at 10:11 am


    Thanks Rhett for getting into the thick of it with the kids. This was ridiculously fun.

  • Anonymous on 09.01.2009 at 1:03 pm

    This is a great video! Not

    This is a great video!

    Not only is it fun to watch, but it was produced very well. I hope to see more of these throughout the year.

  • amlaskow on 09.01.2009 at 2:07 pm

    Funny stuff

    I love this video. My favorite was Rhett doing Irish Step!

  • Megan on 09.01.2009 at 8:16 pm


    Seriously these videos and my increasing need for letters of recommendation are the only things keeping me even remotely invested in my alma matter

  • Karen on 09.01.2009 at 8:17 pm


    I love Rhett videos. They really show off the spirit of BU. Whoever came up with the concept of Rhett-hosted vids deserves a raise.

  • Anonymous on 09.03.2009 at 6:25 pm

    Rhett and Splash

    Like the other reviewers, I loved this video. It is so much fun and has the true spirit of BU. Thankyou! More, please!

  • Anonymous on 09.04.2009 at 11:53 pm

    Rhett the Mascot and Rhett the Puppet

    There really needs to be more interaction between Rhett the Mascot and Rhett the Puppet. It could be the “Misadventures of the Rhetts.” Those videos would be so much fun to watch!

  • replica bags on 11.26.2009 at 4:46 am

    Rhett it is really great carnival and also it is for getting into the thick of it with the kids. and enjoying as best as they can.

  • Funny video on 12.23.2009 at 5:55 pm

    Where is the video? I can only see the notice to ask me install flash player, was it deleted?

  • anonymous on 01.01.2012 at 6:58 pm

    Hey Rhett keep up the good posting of videos!! Lets go Boton University Terriers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anonymous on 02.23.2012 at 7:13 pm

    wow Rhett you get so much done keep up good posting. Let’s go BU!!!!!!!!!!!!

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