| Gretchen Burns reporter |
The smells of funnel cakes, chicken, salsa and corn-on-the-cob wafted over the Lindburg Plaza on Wednesday night, April 23, during the annual Spring Fling.
The event was sponsored by the Student Activities Council (SAC), Residence Hall Assembly (RHA), the PSU ROTC and Sodexo. Spring Fling is put on as an end of the year program for students.
Food provided by Sodexo is paid for with existing student meal plans or those without a meal plan may purchase tickets for the food booths for the regular dinner fee.
Several activities are provided by SAC, RHA and other campus organizations.
“My favorite part of this was the shooting gallery, the bull riding, bull roping and the other carnival games,” said Quentin Cook, junior in general studies.
The Conway Jackson Band, a local band from Pittsburg, performed live on stage for students and passing listeners, with music ranging from Tom Petty hits to its own creations.
William Rhodes says Spring Fling is a wonderful way for students and organizations to get involved and enjoy the weather and activities that are available.
“SAC works with the organizations to get them involved and get sponsors to support the event,” said Rhodes, senior in accounting and president of SAC. “We brought in the inflatable Wrecking Ball and the Conway Jackson Band.”
Rhodes added that he believes Spring Fling was incredibly successful this year, and that the extra activities such as the inflatable activities helped bring students in so that they could have fun.
Nikki Stone managed the booth for the Native American Student Association (NASA) and supervised students learning to weave their own baskets. Stone, senior in communication and the president of NASA, says she thought the event was much better than last year and involved far more organizations than before.
Mariah Green, freshman in business, says she didn’t expect Spring Fling to be as fun as it was, and only expected the food she’d seen from posters around the campus.
“I loved the chicken and the macaroni and cheese. I haven’t played on the inflatable stuff, but I played some of the other games and have had a great time,” she said.
Another popular activity at this year’s fling was an inflatable boxing ring provided by the National Guard which students lined up to participate in. RHA also rented a mechanical bull that was a huge hit among participants.
“I was really nervous at first, but it went really fast and I fell off,” said Ellie Fritts, freshman in communication.
Bethany Harris says she felt the event had a great turnout and brought in a lot of new students who hadn’t experienced Spring Fling before.
“Every year we are looking to put on a program that really brings people out,” said Harris, senior in political science and president of RHA.
Gorillas in Your Midst also made an appearance at Spring Fling and handed out free ice cream to those who wanted some, calling out to students before it all melted. Along with the ice cream, they handed out fliers to encourage students to fill out the 2014 Pitt Health survey, which is located in student’s Gus email or through the Student Health Services web page. Participants who complete the survey have the option register to win an iPad mini.