Robin Blassberg A&E Editor
On Aug. 31, 2019, the Campus Activity Board (CAB) at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT hosted “Soaking Up Summer” on Webb Lawn. From the hours of 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. students at Eastern were able to enjoy badminton, lawn games, shell decorating, BBQ food, snow cones, and so much more to prolong summer’s stay in Willimantic.
Upon entering the event, a breeze floated past, carrying the smell of hamburgers and hot dogs-staples for a summer BBQ. Pop music blasted from the speakers, transported into the listener’s ears, fighting for dominance from conversations and laughter that inhabited the air.
A break from the music and lawn games came in the form of the shell decorating station. A CAB employee manned a table covered in shells and various colors of paints and paintbrushes, where students could decorate the shells as an homage to the beach days of summer. Nearby, students could refresh themselves after painting.
“It’s nice they have food at these events,” said Aline Silva, a junior at Eastern, “especially hamburgers and stuff. It’s a nice break from Hurley Hall [the dining hall on campus] or having to cook for yourself.” Students could select from hamburgers, hot dogs, and blue raspberry and cherry snow cones.
A game of Cornhole went on close by as Emily Flood, a senior at Eastern, spectated. “Having games like these is really good because it gets people active and out of their dorms,” she explained. Two students had a friendly game of frisbee while two games of badminton went on.
Some students took the event as an opportunity to tan. Sierra Brisbane, a senior at Eastern, remarked, “I might as well get some use out of the last sunny days we are going to have here and get some sun while they’ve got music playing. I also probably won’t get to see my friends as much once school really starts so it’s nice Eastern kind of forces us to hang out.”
The next CAB event is “Eastern Goes Western” on Friday, Sept. 6.