CSUSB’s Recreational Sports and ASI thrill students with 40,000 pounds of snow

Students take a relaxing break from a long day of classes and midterms to have a snow day filled with ice skating, snowboarding, tandem sled rides, food, music, giveaways and games. One lucky student even walked away with a free bike.

Students take a relaxing break from a long day of classes and midterms to have a snow day filled with ice skating, snowboarding, tandem sled rides, food, music, giveaways and games. One lucky student even walked away with a free bike.

By Kevin Schaefer |Staff Writer|

Valentine’s Day may have brought you warm, fuzzy feelings this year, but the commons were filled with nothing but ice and snow.

“Snow Day 2013” was presented by Recreational Sports and ASI from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. in the lower commons.

There was 20 tons of snow, ice skating, snowboarding, tandem sled rides, food, music, giveaways and games.

Active Ride Shop, Auto Club Speedway and Sizzler were also present.

Snow Day is a way for ASI and Rec Sports to bring a day of recreation and add an extra level of excitement to the campus.

“Our main objective is to lighten the load of everyday school life,” said ASI representative Vanessa Mejia. “A lot of midterms are going on right now so this is a way to give students a break.”

Active Ride Shop had a booth set up where you could register for their mailing list and be eligible to win Active gear.

“This is our third year back, we’re glad to be here and to be a part of it,” said Active events coordinator Luke Nguyen.

Auto Club Speedway representative Kelly Mcghee said, “Today we are out to advertise our $19 tickets for the NASCAR race, March 24. We’re also doing a little raffle, trying to get everybody interested and having fun!”

ASI member Chris Martinez was in attendance working at a table where students had the chance to win a bicycle.

“We are having students fill out surveys for the opportunity to win a free bike. One of these 300 keys will unlock the bike. We’re also giving away a bunch of promotional items,” said Martinez.

“Snow day was pretty awesome! You fall a lot, but you get the courage to get back up. They have skating, snowboarding, an ice-slide and they give away free beanies which I thought was the best part,” said student Adon Williams.

Student Marissa Rey said the event was chill and the free food was definitely a plus.

“I thought it was relaxing to come out of class and have a little bit of free time. No need to stress,” said student Marlyna Amary.

Student Jessie Perez thought the event was great because he got to try new things he hasn’t done before like snowboarding and ice skating.

Students had the option of earning a free meal by completing a certain number of activities available such as ice sledding or decorating a snow man. The meals came courtesy of a Sizzler food truck.

Byanet Hermasillo, who coordinated the event last year, felt she saw more students at last year’s Snow Day.

This could be because this year’s Snow Day was on Valentine’s Day, which meant many students probably left campus to celebrate with their Valentine.

Students suggest that the event could be better by getting more booths and more sponsors for the event. The food truck this year was a slight improvement. More variety of food was also suggested.

The weather was also a little bit of an issue due to the wind. Events could be coordinated a little better with the weather in mind.

Though there are some changes students believed could have helped this event reach its peak, it still was a blast of fun for many.

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