CAB After Dark: coming Friday, April 15

By Sara Agans

Staff Writer

 A wristband is required for CAB After Dark. Image courtesy of the UWF Campus Activity Board.

A wristband is required for CAB After Dark.
Image courtesy of the UWF Campus Activity Board.

Food trucks and music are just a few things that CAB After Dark will have to offer while wrapping up the 2016 spring semester.

CAB After Dark is the Campus Activity Board’s (CAB) biggest party of the year. This event occurs towards the end of every spring semester, with something different planned for the students to enjoy.

“This year we are changing things up,” said Andy Sutton, a second-year graduate student at UWF in the College Student Affairs Administration program, and one of the graduate advisers of CAB. “We wanted the event to be more focused and more accessible than in previous years. Last year we had a lot of smaller-scale things happening at once such as games, music, food and giveaways. This year we have two large-scale activities making up the entire event.”

“During the first half of the event, we will have local food trucks in the Commons parking lot, who will be serving students that sign into the event. During the second half of the event, we will be transitioning into a concert hosted by Groove Boston. We wanted everyone to have an equally awesome experience and we felt that the old set-up was not providing this due to smaller vendors running out of things or people spending an hour in line.”

This event is open and free to all current UWF students and will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in the Commons parking Lot H. The event is also open to the general public with a $10 admission fee. Wristbands for students and the general public will be available starting on April 14.

“Putting together an event like CAB After Dark is one of the most mind-blowing and hectic, yet rewarding experiences ever,” said Latesa Jones, a UWF senior majoring in health science and the president of CAB. “Although the event looks amazing in the end and the students enjoy themselves, this event takes several months of planning and many people to execute properly. You would never believe all of the tiny details that must be taken care of with an event as large as CAB After Dark.”

“My favorite part of CAB After Dark is seeing everything in action,” said Jay-ana Benavente, a UWF sophomore majoring in hospitality, recreation and resort management and the CAB External Vice President. “I love the fact that we were the ones behind all the planning, executing, etc. It’s awesome to see it come to life.”

“CAB After Dark has always been very popular with the UWF community,” Sutton said. “We have changed things from last year to simplify the event and make it seem less overwhelming and more accessible. If you have never been before I think that this year is the best time to change that. At CAB After Dark you will get a chance to sample food from local Pensacola food trucks and to participate in an exciting concert powered by Groove Boston.”

“To students who have never been to CAB After Dark, you must go,” Jones said. “It is a unique experience and tradition that UWF has continued building on year after year. It is something to look forward to each year.”