Need a place to take a break from the busy school lectures, study time and exams, as well a place to cool down from the cascading California heat and sunshine?

The Associated Students, Inc. Campus Recreation solved this problem when they held the third annual “Rock Bands & Taco Stands” event at the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex pool last Friday along with the plethora of events that the group hosted throughout the school year.

Students enjoying the food and festivities during the “Rock Bands & Taco Stands” event. (John Michael Uba | The Poly Post)

A collaboration between ASI Campus Rec Aquatics and the Bronco Student Center Games Room Etc. brought this event to fruition.

Campus Rec Aquatics members Jose Aguilera and Abigail Evans are a couple of the people who supervise the BRIC pool along with the social gatherings occurring there.

“We have so many different opportunities here [including] the Rock Bands & Taco Stands [and] the May the Fourth event.

Even though this is a commuter campus, we’re always pushing to have people come together [and] make a real community here at Cal Poly Pomona,” said Evans, a fourth-year liberal studies major.

“We have this every year,” said Aguilera, a fifth-year agricultural science major. “It’s a social gathering where friends can come and enjoy the BRIC, enjoy the good food, some horchatas, rock out with their buddies, have fun, socialize and meet new people.”

Foods and beverages were served and brought to the students by the Poly Trolley, which harbored itself beside the BRIC pool.

Students enjoying the food and festivities during the “Rock Bands & Taco Stands” event. (John Michael Uba | The Poly Post)

The video game “Rock Band 4” amplified by the plastic guitars and the Xbox One nestled the closest to BRIC pool gave students the opportunity to channel their inner guitar heroes and rock stars within the game and into the audience.

Third-year history major Alex Oltzman was one of the Rock Band 4 players during the event.

“I’m a huge fan of Rock Band, so I felt like it was made for me and also the tacos were really good especially since they had horchata and not just soda and water, so it was really cool,” said Oltzman.

If you’re not the biggest fan of video games, then the BRIC pool is a refreshing alternative for students to participate during Rock Bands and Taco Stands as well as other gatherings provided by ASI Campus Rec.

ASI members Jennifer Hawkins and Mirza Sheriff helped set up the equipment and monitor the sound levels.

“We just make sure that everything is going smoothly with this event,” said Sheriff, a fourth-year music industry studies major.

Regardless of tastes, the event still includes the nice atmosphere and environment for social gathering purposes, which the Campus Rec Aquatics team wants to push for more party situations.

Even if you can’t swim, the ASI Campus Rec Aquatics provides swimming lessons for the university students to take part in.

“I was hoping there would be an actual band and there would be more propane to turn on more heaters,” said Marissa Engel, a first-year graduate special education teaching credential student.

Even without Rock Bands and Taco Stands event itself, the BRIC pool is open for all university students for personal time just like all the services provided by the BRIC.

Campus Rec Aquatics assistant supervisor Kelsey Fielding was one of the people to provide the social gathering events to the university at the BRIC pool.

“Next year, we’ll have it during fall quarter right in the beginning of the year to start of the year for a lot of our incoming freshman,” said Fielding.

“We have our annual programs that we have all the time, we have the class that we offer here. The programs that we are going to be doing next fall were due today, so we plan that far ahead.”

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