Pool parties, free food, root beer floats and paint splattered dance floors are only a few of the attractions students have to look forward to on campus this spring.
“I’m wicked excited for this year’s events,” said Vice President of Campus Activities David Ievoli.
On April 17, Castleton’s Campus Activity Board will be hosting a band from California called Bright Side. They will be preforming on the Pavilion from 7-10 p.m.
“It’s hard to book big-name artists because of our budget,” said Ievoli. “But these guys are great. They’re like chill hippy dudes. I think everyone will really enjoy their music.”
A day later will be Residence Life’s annual Block Party, which will include free food, a photo booth, huge inflatable slides, tie dying, cotton candy and much more.
“When I think of a block party I think of a lot of options thrown together at one event,” said Director of Residence Life Michael Robilotto. “We want students to have choices between different food, drinks, games, giveaways, and activities.”
Student Life Area Coordinator Kevin Kareckas has helped plan the block party.
“The campus is going to be totally transformed into a block party for the afternoon of April 18,” said Kareckas. “We think this will be a fun way to celebrate spring and have students get ready to transition into summer.”
A new attraction Residence Life is excited to have on campus is the Solar Bus, which is an old school bus powered by solar panels. There will be live music being played by Castleton students during the Block Party.
“Castleton is committed to sustainable practices,” said Kareckas. “This bus is not only awesome, but it’s also an educational opportunity to show students that you can run a concert off of the sun, which is pretty cool.”
Residence Life will be teaming up with Huden and Sodexo to provide authentic BBQ meals for students during the Block Party. The meals will be a “swipe” for those with a meal plan. They also kept commuters in mind and are providing students without meals plans free food as well.
“We want these types of events to get bigger and better,” said Robilotto. “Our goal is to have students give us their input and tell us what they want to see –
and we’ll make it happen.”
On Sunday, April 19, CAB is hosting a pool party from 4-8 p.m. It will feature a Tiki bar with smoothies, a live DJ and inflatables floating around the pool.
“This should be awesome,” said Ievoli. “We’ve never done something like this, I hope students show up and have fun.”
Like other Tuesdays this semester, an open mic night will follow on April 21 with the possibility of a pub night hosted by the senior class – all in the Campus Center.
“Our open mic nights have been really great,” said Ievoli. “We’ve had up to 40 or 50 people at some of them!”
Extreme Bingo will be held in the Campus Center on the April 23 from 8-10 p.m.
“Bingo has also been really successful in the past,” said Ievoli. “Everyone loves bingo, and free prizes of course.”
On April 25, CAB is excited to introduce students to Bongo Ball, Bubble Soccer, and Extreme Dodge ball from noon to 6 p.m.
“Bubble soccer is when you literally get into a bubble and play soccer,” explained Ievoli. “I’m really excited for that.”
These events will be held either in Glenbrook Gym or outdoors, depending on the weather.
After a day of Bongo Ball and Dodge ball, students are invited to a Paint Party that night starting at 10 p.m. The Shape Gym will be transformed into a dance floor with a DJ throwing water-based paint at the audience.
“This spring is going to be a lot of fun,” said Robilotto. “I think students will have a great time.”