By Melissa Gilbert |Staff Writer|
The pool was taken over by about 80 students looking to escape the heat and enjoy the Splash-a-Pooloza.
The event took place on May 15 at the campus pool and was a success.
Many people are not even aware there is a pool on campus. This event was a way to make students aware.
A large inflated iceberg replica was placed in the middle of the pool. Fearless students climbed and jumped off the iceberg.
Limbo, relay races and a watermelon eating contest gave the event the feeling of a neighborhood pool party.
The Rec Center, along with the Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU), provided free food to all the participants. Snow cones, hot dogs and nachos were on the menu.
“I liked the way the event was organized,” said sophomore student Laura Romero.
At the entrance, people were given a piece of paper to get stamped every time they participated in one of the activities. If they got three stamps or more they could enter raffles to win prizes.
“There was entertainment as well as food and drinks,” said Romero.
DJ Infinity provided the music for the afternoon.
“I really liked the way everyone had a chance to participate if desired,” continued Romero.
Before each activity began, members of the staff asked individuals to participate in the upcoming activity. This ensured a high level of participation throughout the event.
Marion Schneider, a business student who attended Splash-a-Poolooza, also enjoyed the event.
“I loved the free food as well as the music. I really liked the way the area around the pool was arranged. There was a lot of space for us to sit and have fun,” said Schneider.
Many stands were set up around the pool. Some were for food and others for the activities.
“The iceberg structure was nice too. It was a lot of fun to climb and jump in the water,” said Schneider
Romero only had one negative point concerning the event.
“I disliked the choice of food. The quality of the food could have been better. Also, the amount of food because the staff members ran out of hot dogs during the middle of the event,” said Romero.
For Schneider, one of the negatives was the time and day of the event.
“The event was at the same time as one of my classes which made me miss the first hour or so, but at the same time, I understand that it is not possible to pick a date when everybody is available,” said Schneider.
Besides those minor negative points, Romero believes there should be more events like Splash-a-Poolooza.
“I certainly do think the Rec Center should host this event again, just because CSUSB holds that foundation of having events yearly and that gives the students excitement and thrill to look forward to them,” said Romero.
Schneider also thinks that it is a good idea to host the event again next year.
“I would definitely attend again if the Rec Center organizes another Splash-a-Poolooza. I had a great time with my friends,” said Schneider.