San Bernardino- Recreation and Wellness center at CSUSB hosted their annual Snow Day event for the community to experience.
To kick off the new year, faculty unloaded chunks of snow for students, staff, alumni, and residents to enjoy by the lower commons, on Thursday, January 23. The event has been a tradition of the campus for over 15 years.
When the event started at noon, people were already in line to be able to take part in the festivities. Overall, about 600 people attended the event and were given Snow Day Passports which gave them the opportunity to win t-shirts, beanies, food tickets, and raffles tickets.
Recreation and Wellness Organizer, Samantha Limon, describes the meaning behind Snow Day.
“It’s to give students something to do in the beginning of the quarter,” Limon said. “It’s to have a little fun and bring snow on campus because a lot people here have never been to the snow. Now, they can get that experience.”
Limon explained how the public event is convenient and easy for students to attend in between classes, and for family and friends to create memories for free. Her favorite parts about the event were the prizes, which consisted of: one hundred dollars off an outdoor trip, tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags, as well as gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks, and Chick-fil-A.
Second-year students, Christain Saudeo and Eliza Solorzano also explain their excitement for Snow Day.
Suadeo, who is employed at the Recreation and Wellness Center, has attended previous Snow Days. He shared that it is a fun opportunity to meet new people and to build connections with the campus community.
“In between classes, instead of chillin’ in the library, you can come out and actually do something, and I think that’s kinda cool,” said Solorzano.
The event provided activities such as bean bag tossing and photo booths, hammocks for students to lay outside in, and a live DJ.
Fourth-year student, Armando Olmeda savored the moment by relaxing on the hammocks with his friends and explained how he would come to upcoming Snow Days in the future.
“I’ve seen snow before but not like this,” said Olmeda. “Not when it’s sunny outside. It’s good weather and I love the vibes here.”
The star attractions, snowboarding and skiing, gave people a chance to experience a snow resort right on campus.
People waited in line to sign a waiver and receive a wristband, which gave them unlimited access to these attractions.
Local resident and father, Curtis Johnson, loves brining his six-year-old daughter, Maddeline Johnson to Snow Day. The two are no strangers to on-campus events.
“I like coming and seeing what’s available for us to do,” said Curtis. His daughter’s favorite part of the event was sliding down the snow.
“We live in California and we really don’t see snow!” said second-year student, Diana Ruiz.
Ruiz follows the Recreation and Wellness Center on instagram and was notified about the event.
She enjoys events such as Snow Day because she feels that, as a commuter school, students don’t get the chance to bond on campus, and the snow makes it unique for students to do so.
“Going to Big Bear is a drive, so I love that they brought the snow here instead,” said Ruiz.