Spring is in the air
Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter
Students gathered around Lindburg Plaza on Monday, April 30, to participate in the annual Spring Fling. According to James Smith, Student Activities Council representative, there were between 800-1,000 students at the event, which consisted of a variety of entertainment and inflatables for students to enjoy. The entertainment consisted of Deck 2, Erika Lynn, Logan Grider and Brandon Smith, all acoustic acts.
“We sent an email to open mic night winners from the past year and these were the first to respond,” said Smith, senior in commercial graphics.
61 Syxteknique, a national break dancing group, was also on hand to entertain students on the main stage. Following their show, they put on another show in the Dellinger Underground where they taught students how to break dance.
“It’s something different we could have throughout the night,” Smith said.
Games and booths were set up by several campus organizations. For organizations like the Pre-Dental club, this helped raise awareness of their group. They held a cake walk and gave away sugar-free cakes, cookies and pies.
“We’ve gone through about 50 desserts,” said Kyla Henderson, junior in biology. “Anyone’s welcome to join our club, but it is very career specific. This is a way for people to learn we’re here, though.”
The Students for Concealed Carry, a new club on campus, had a booth where students could win an arrow autographed by Ted Nugent. To do so, students wrote down their contact information and then spun a wheel. One of the markers on the wheel was an entry into a drawing for the arrow. Students could also donate money to the club for a chance to enter the drawing.
“I was at an NRA convention and Ted Nugent was there,” said Edwin Stremel, senior in automotive technology. “I bought 12 arrows and had him sign all of them to auction off and sell. Students have a 1 in 6 chance of winning an entry from spinning the wheel.”
Students played water pong at the Alpha Psi Omega table, where they could win decorated straws, candy, miniature water guns and squishy water balls. Alpha Psi Omega is a national service fraternity. Ashleigh Downes, Alpha Psi Omega member, says they had a table at Spring Fling to recruit for their organization.
“We’re hoping to get our name out,” said Downes, senior in sociology and justice studies. “We thought this would be a good way to let people know who we are and recruit new members for next fall.”
Gorillas in Your Midst gave away large prizes such as iPods and T-shirts to winners. In order to win a choice between an entry into a drawing for the iPod or a T-shirt, students spun a wheel and had to answer questions correctly. The questions covered three topics: alcohol awareness, sexual education and nutrition.
“We kind of stretched the boundaries on what’s usually asked, which drew attention,” said Jacob Ash, sophomore in construction engineering. “We’ve had about 60-70 people stop by our table.”
Gorillas in Your Midst members also handed out laniards, koozies, pocket mirrors, ID holders and coasters.
Kassie Fugate says she attended the event to hang out with friends and do something on campus. She played about five games, where she won three cookies, a lot of candy, a straw and her favorite item, a CD.
“I won a CD from Gorilla Radio, which I really liked because I really like music,” said Fugate, junior in communication. “The whole event was a lot of fun and a good social gathering for students.”
Gorilla Radio also had a beanbag toss, music prizes and live on-air coverage of the event. Every 15 minutes, they would air live from the event to tell listeners what was taking place.
“It’s always cool to not only have stuff going on in the studio, but to show we’re on campus at events,” said Andrew Orpin, senior in communication.
Emily Lednicky says she was walking by and saw the event so she stayed.
“I’m glad I stayed because I played spin the wheel, tossed bean bags, shot a cup and won Gummy worms and bubbles,” said Lednicky, junior in sustainability. “The best part was the weather, though, because it’s nice out.”
Sodexo set up food stands at the event. Students paid for tickets with either cash, or their meal plan. The tickets were used to purchase individual food items, such as sandwiches, cake pops, fruit on a stick, corn on a stick, walking tacos, corndogs and funnel cakes. The Spring Fling was the final event of the school year and was sponsored by the Student Activities Council, ROTC, National Guard, Sodexo, Residence Hall Assembly and the Office of Student Diversity.
“It was a good finale to the year,” Smith said. “It was one last party, or hurrah, to say goodbye and announce what’s going on next year.”