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Over 400 students skate at Brock N Roll

by Brianna Bush - Lifestyles Editor
Thu, Apr 11th 2019 04:00 pm

As the semester comes to a close, The College at Brockport holds multiple large events to entertain the student body. One annual event that is popular and attracts students of all ages is the Brockport Student Government’s (BSG) Brock N Roll. 

The event, held on Friday, April 5, in the Seymour College Union Ballroom, was one that students lined up for more than half an hour before the start in order to get their hands on one of the BSG designed T-shirts. Due to the limited number of shirts, attendees who showed up early received a ticket, guaranteeing them a shirt. After the tickets were gone, it was first come first serve for the leftovers.

BSG Activities Coordinators Sam Druzbik and Jolie Saltiel oversaw Brock N Roll, having been able to take a step back from putting the event together. Neon Entertainment did the bulk of the work, including the set up of the lights, music and distribution of the skate.

With larger events like Brock N Roll, Druzbik and Saltiel both agreed that it was difficult to hand off most of the work because of the contract they both signed prior to the event. When asked about the difficulties involved with an event this large, Saltiel responded with her opinion.

“We don’t have control over much of what actually pans out,” Saltiel said.

The Ballroom was constructed into a makeshift roller rink, decked out with a checkered floor and black lights. There was a table set up for refreshments and a line out the door for a chance to show off skating skills. 

The event ran so that there was a certain number of people on the skating floor at a time, in hopes to avoid any form of injury. Each skating session lasted around 15 minutes until skaters were called off to hand in their skates to either hop in line again or to help themselves to the refreshment table. 

With Accpted Students Day falling on the same day as Brock N Roll, some of those present were high schoolers who had participated in the day’s previous events.

The event had fun activities for all students who attended. Onlookers who opted not to skate were able to watch skaters try their best to stay on their feet or watch others skate like professionals. While some students were able to glide with ease, others were having difficulties standing upright.

Many of the skaters clutched to a friend in hopes that they would be sturdy enough to steady themselves when they began to wobble, but in most cases someone always ended up on the ground.

The night went well, but there were a few issues regarding the process of getting skaters on the rink according to Druzbik and Saltiel.

“We could have benefited from better time organization,” Druzbik said. “I don’t think we got enough people on the rink at one time; there were a lot of people waiting in line.”

Druzbik wanted to get more people out on the rink, but it proved difficult because of the skill level present and the number of people already on the rink. Some of the skaters were not as cautious and moved carelessly through the crowd, knocking their fellow skaters to the ground.

Students like Grace Begemann had trouble staying on their feet all on their own. 

“I thought it was going to be like ice skating,” Begemann said. “But as soon as I stood up I came crashing to the floor, but by the end of our turn I was skating like a pro.”

The music that was playing during the event also had some problems, according to Druzbik. Some of the music played offended some people due to its use of profanity and lewd language. 

Other than the slight “hiccups” that occurred during the night, Saltiel and Druzbik were pleased with the results and the turnout, with over 400 people attending the event. The number was obtained after a rough headcount as people entered the Ballroom.


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