By Guadalupe Pinedo
The Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex and Associated Students, Inc. teamed up to bring Cal Poly Pomona students a welcome back pool party on Friday with Splash Into Spring.
Kicking off the last quarter of the year, Splash Into Spring provided students with a relaxing evening filled with games, activities and a lot of food.
Sekani Robinson, ASI student assistant for activities and programs, said both organizations are always looking for ways to get students excited to be on campus. The last quarter of the year can be tough for many students, Splash Into Spring was organized as a way to get students to unwind and have a little fun before heading back into the classroom.
“We’re teaming up with the BRIC, [and] they want to do a back to school event to introduce spring quarter,” said Robinson. “It is just like a back to school thing to get people excited for the last quarter.”
The event was held in the pool at the BRIC, and it kicked off with an hour of foods and desserts, such as nachos, brownies and rice crispy treats. Students sat and interacted with each other while music played in the background.
Some students decided to enjoy the last hours of sun and head into the pool, while others spun the Wheel of Fortune for a prize. For those who didn’t wish to get into the pool, other activities were available. Do it yourself crafts including bracelet making kept many people entertained.
Many games were featured. Games inside the pool were introduced at various points throughout the night. The inflatable hamster balls were a big hit with students. Cards were also thrown into the pool. Anyone who jumped in and retrieved one was awarded a prize.
ASI secured a DJ for the evening to keep the crowd entertained. The organization also featured a photo booth for all attendees to use if they wished. The booth was a big hit, as it had tiaras and bunny ears and an assortment of accessories for people to wear when they took their pictures. Groups of friends gathered to capture the night in a photo.
Students who attended the event were given raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes, including Nike merchandise, Bluetooth headphones and more.
Games were also played outside the pool and prizes were given away to the winners. Everyone who attended was given a pair of sandals as a symbol that summer is approaching fast and that the event was just a taste of what students can look forward to.
Splash Into Spring is one of many events that ASI organizes throughout the year.
“I think it’s a good way to get at least the students that do live on campus, get them to have something to look forward to,” said Robinson. “It’s a good way to get people to do things on campus.”
These types of events on campus are also a way to meet new people. With the majority of the student body being commuters, socializing with other students outside the classroom can be a challenge. This is a chance for these students to interact with each other during their down time.
Some students who attended the event had no idea it was happening. They stumbled across a flyer and decided to stop by and see what it was all about.
Christy Avalos, a fifth-year graphic design student, said she was working out in the BRIC when she read about the event. She decided to stop and take a look when she realized it was happening at that moment.
“It’s really fun! I wish I had known sooner that way I could’ve brought a swim suit,” said Avalos. “I really like that they involve the pool.”
Many students tend to hang out with students within their major. Jacob Luis, a third-year business student, said events like this promote life outside the classroom and are a great way to make new friends.
“I think they’re really good because they can bring the students of Cal Poly [Pomona] together to have a fun time and get away from all their studies and really hang out with other students in the BRIC and all over campus and also off campus,” said Luis.
Guadalupe Pinedo / The Poly Post
Splash into Spring
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