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Brockport students celebrate winter with annual Snow Day

by Katherine Fernandez - Copy Editor
Tue, Feb 5th 2019 03:00 pm

Hundreds of students flooded the Seymour College Union on Friday, Feb. 1 anxious to attend the Brockport Student Government (BSG) annual Snow Day event. Students formed a line that stretched from the doors of the Union Ballroom to the doors of 89.1 The Point. Excited chatter echoed through the halls as more groups showed up. 

Although Snow Day was not scheduled to begin until 9 p.m., some students arrived as early as 7:45 p.m. to ensure they get their hands on a Snow Day T-shirt.

After speaking to several students, there was a collective agreement that the shirt was worth a trek in the cold and the long wait. A junior at The College at Brockport, Honesty Green, held spots in line for her friends so they wouldn’t miss out on the festivities that were planned.

“We went last year but there were no more shirts, so this year I made sure to come early,” Green said.

After hearing about the popularity of the shirt she designed, senior Kalynda Culek declined to take credit for the huge turn out. 

“In the last year or so people have been coming like an hour in advance, trying to beat the crowds,” Culek said. 

Culek attributes the large turnout to BSG President Joshua Mathews, who “invests a lot of time” into events.

Upon entering the ballroom, students were greeted with an array of food and various interactive experiences. Attendees sought refuge from the cold temperatures at the hot chocolate station, complete with crushed peppermints, chocolate chips and whipped cream to customize the cocoa to their liking.

The cajun chili and buffalo mac and cheese were extremely popular among students, with some going back for seconds. Unfortunately, not all of the food appealed to the large audience, with the beer cheese soup being a huge miss according to employees at Garnishes, the catering company for campus events.

BSG channeled the spirit of winter by setting up a mechanical reindeer and a curling rink, where friends challenged each other to ride the reindeer for 30 seconds or more and tried their hand at a popular winter olympics game, respectively.

Watching people try any kind of mechanical ride that is designed to throw people off often draws a large crowd, and Snow Day was no exception.

Anthony Folkes, an employee of the rental party equipment company Blue Apple Productions, personally instructed students on how to play.

“A lot of people never experienced curling,” Folkes said. “Once they got the hang of it, they loved it. I saw a few groups come back multiple times for rematches.”

The main attraction of the event was undoubtedly the professional photo station. Friends posed to take photos and walked away with commemorative travel mugs with the pictures printed directly on it. 

Sophomore Kai McCalla walked away from the photo table wearing a beaming smile. 

“Moments like this with my friends are so precious to me,” McCalla said. “Every time I drink out of this mug, I’ll remember how much fun I had with my friends tonight.”

The attendees weren’t the only people having fun at Snow Day. The members of BSG were in high spirits, dancing and laughing with one another throughout the ballroom. 

Senior Phoebe Defino was working the event as an employee for Garnishes. Many people enjoy the food they provide during each of Brockport’s special events.

“It’s my second year working for Garnishes and these events are always so cool,” Defino said. “It’s my last semester here and I’m so busy all the time, I never get a chance to socialize. Every time I work at an event like this its always fun to talk to people and see what the school is doing.” 

Even while working, most of the employees at the event were able to enjoy it just like the event goers.

Despite the recent frigid temperatures, students flocked to Snow Day and started off the semester with free food, commemorative apparel and memories that will last a lifetime. It was also a very safe and easy way to escape the snow and cold weather.

 

kfern1@brockport.edu 

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