CAB skates into the ’80s and ’90s at Throwback Thursday event

By William Watson
Staff Writer

The Campus Activity Board brought a skating rink to the Commons Conference Center for a Throwback Thursday event on March 27.

The theme was the ’80s and ’90s, and the snack table included Little Debbie cakes, Goldfish crackers, Cosmic Brownies, Hi-C, Twinkies, Fruit by the Foot and Pepsi drinks. Glow-in-the-dark skate socks were passed out to students to wear with their skates, which were provided.

“The idea came when we were planning events for the spring and what we wanted at CAB After Dark,” said Jose Centeno, CAB Social Media Chair. “We thought about having a skating rink at CAB After Dark, and then proposed to just have our own separate event and try something new. One thing led to the other, and we went ahead and decided a throwback skate night.”

This is the first time the CAB has done a skate night. They brought in a UWF student as DJ who played ’80s and ’90s music, and students came dressed up for the costume contest.

Jay-ana Benavente, junior hospitality, recreation, and resort management major, said, “Honestly, we weren’t planning to get a DJ due to budget reasons. However, we thought that a DJ would be more fun for the students, and there’s typically a DJ at skating rinks. We wanted to create the most realistic atmosphere for the students.”

Shameka Lewis, junior broadcast journalism major and CAB membership chair, said, “I feel it was a success. More than 100 people attended and music choices were good, and people enjoyed it.”

Throughout the night, students skated with neon-colored glow sticks and glow rings. The music prompted students to sing along either while skating or while standing around. Black lights were used to achieve that authentic skating rink effect as well.

“I feel like it was probably the most successful event this spring from the overall atmosphere, music, glow-in-the-dark, and from how everyone was having such a good time,” Benavente said. Centeno agreed. “This was probably one of the most successful events we have had this semester. We could’ve had a little more students, but the rain probably contributed to that.

“My favorite part was just basically how alive the event was,” Centeno said. “Many students dressed up as well, and it felt interactive, and that was what I wanted to see from this event.”

Lewis said, “I liked seeing people that we probably all see every day meet and engage with each other and participate for the throwback theme.”

Next up for CAB is Splash with CAB on April 13 at the Aquatic Center; and from 7-10 p.m. on April 14 is CAB After Dark, a carnival-themed event in the Commons parking lot. Five food vendors will offer cotton candy, snow cones and funnel cakes, and activities will include a petting zoo and rides such as a wrecking ball ride, four-station bungee trampoline and jungle run obstacle course. It is free for UWF students, but wristbands are required and can be picked up from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13 at the HLS building, library, or Commons Service Desk; or the day of at the Commons.

The last CAB event for the semester will be Open Mic Night on April 20 in the Argo Galley.

For more information on all these events, visit the official CAB page.

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: A shot of skating students bundled together while skating, avoiding bumping and sliding while still skating to the flow of the music for #TBT Skate Night. Photo by William Watson