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Skating into the semester with BSG

by Courtney Deeren | copy editor
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 02:50 pm

Homecoming weekend was jam packed with fun activities for students and their families to participate in. Between the parade, the football game and the homecoming festival, students all across campus had something to do. Wrapping up the busy day on Saturday was the open skate event hosted by Brockport Student Government (BSG).

 Students were welcomed at the door by BSG representatives with hot chocolate, donuts and raffle prizes. WBSU 89.1 the Point, The College at Brockport’s radio station, also had a table set up at the entrance where they greeted students who were coming in. 

The raffle consisted of writing your name on a sticky note and dropping it into a container to be drawn later. Laid out on the table were t-shirts and various other goodies. They were having technical difficulties in the beginning, but once everything had been worked out the rest of the evening went pretty smoothly. 

On the other side of the arena attendees could rent skates to get out on the ice. For beginners there were skate trainers available. The ice rink was filled with a good mix of both experienced and beginner skaters alike. People of all ages were having fun skating to the beats of the booming music. 

Because this event was hosted by BSG, there was no charge for renting skates. Open skate is available other weekends but there is a small charge for skate rentals. Due to the large population of people in Brockport who own skates the arena also offers maintenance services.  

One of BSG’s representatives took some time to answer a few questions about the event, as well as give some insight into future events.

“BSG is hosting events everyday so there is always something going on,” BSG Activities Coordinator, Meghan Ritter said.

Some of the upcoming events include the bread fest and cheese fest. BSG also hosts movie nights regularly throughout the semester. 

Everyone definitely looked like they were thoroughly enjoyed the event. Couples skated hand in hand and families laughed as they skated in groups. Even those who did not skate enjoyed some hot chocolate and chatted with their friends, or watched those on the ice. The line for skate rentals was quite long, but it seemed like the staff present had a good handle on keeping the flow up. 

Many of the participants of this event couldn’t stop talking about how much fun they were having. They pointed out the small details, like the hot chocolate and donuts that were provided, and were grateful for the free activity that involved the whole family. Couples of all ages also used this event as a fun date-night activity. It got them out of the house, and shook up their normal routine. 

This was a good way to spread news about open skate, as some people didn’t even know it was offered. Many agreed that they would definitely be back for another round of skating. On this particularly warm September night, it was a fun way to beat the heat. No doubt, walking from the humid night air into the cool, wintery arena was jarring, but everyone came prepared, wearing jeans and carrying sweaters. 

It might seem a little crazy to want to go ice skating indoors during the already chilling winter, but while Brockport keeps it cool enough to keep the ice frozen, it definitely didn’t feel subzero in there. 

Granted, it still was pretty chilly, the shelter from the elements such as wind and rainfall keep the climate pretty even. So if you are looking for a winter themed activity that provides shelter from the unpredictable winter weather and cold, check out open skate at Brockport’s ice arena. 

To find out more about the public skating times and fees, as well as other services offered at the Tuttle North ice arena, visit their website at https://www.brockport.edu/life/campus_recreation/ice/publicskating.html, or call the number (585) 395-5971. The time is subject to change so it is recommended to call prior to making any plans. Weekly schedules will be given over the phone at the number above. 

If you want to stay up to date on other BSG events, head over to their Twitter page @bsgbuzz, or find them on myBROCKPORT. They really do offer something just about everyday on campus. 

Whether you stop by for just a few minutes to see what’s going on, or stay the entirety of the event, there will be something for almost every student throughout the semester. Continue checking The Stylus for coverage and previews of upcoming events. 


cbeag1@u.brockport.edu | courtneydeeren

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