Gorilla Activities Board (GAB) welcomed new and returning gorillas with a “foam and powder paint party.” The foam and powder paint party was hosted Monday August 19at 8pm in Lindburg plaza.
“The foam and powder paint party is really just like a first night of school, back to school event,” said Nicole Day, sophomore in nursing and GAB spotlight chair. “We draw mostly a freshmen crowd from the dorms right here and it’s just a night to have fun, let loose, meet some new people, and get some paint thrown on you, and just have a good time.”
The foam and powder paint party is a way for students to relax and have fun after the first day of classes and a way to kick off the school year in a fun way, according to GAB.
“I love it so much,” said Joanne Taylor, sophomore in family and consumer sciences. “It is like my favorite part of the year. The atmosphere is really fun, like everyone around being together.”
GAB hosts this event every year on the first day of school. It is targeted mostly towards freshmen living in the dorms but welcome to anyone.
“I thought it was going to be fun, come out and meet new people and experience the party and the lights,” said Jack Spickelmier, sophomore in geography.
GAB teamed up with Operation Glow to put on the foam and powder paint party. Operation Glow is an organization that throws mobile paint parties. They provided the DJ set up, the foam, and the powder paint for the night.
“I just wanted to make new friends, it’s really fun, it’s a nice thing,” said Ashlyn Brasket, freshman in marketing.
GAB also offered free Weaver Tropical Snow for the first one hundred students that attended the event. Then the party started.
“The event pretty much stays the same throughout the years but this year we have the nice addition of allowing Weaver Tropical Snow to come and we provided one hundred free snow cones to the first one hundred guests and then after that they were available for purchase, but that was a big incentive to come to the event and have a good time,” Day said.
There were buckets of powder paint available on tables for students to throw on their friends that Operation Glow provided. GAB members offered paint for students to use on their faces while signing the waiver to enter the party.
“It was a fantastic start last year and it’s still a fantastic start for this year,” said Zack Ford, sophomore in plastics engineering. “We need to keep doing this year I am all for it.”
Students received the opportunity to get messy and meet new people in a unique atmosphere. Students in attendance ended the night covered in paint and soap. They danced and got drenched with paint being thrown and foam coming out of the foam launchers.