Neon lights, free food, throwback 80’s music and games! That is just a quick glance at the fun-filled night that the San Manuel Student Union (SMSU) and Student Wellness and Recreation Center (SRWC) hosted on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
“I love everything about this event!” said Kimberly Quintanilla, a junior here at CSUSB, who brought her own skates. “I love everything 80’s, the disco atmosphere is my aesthetic, plus the cool video games and nachos!”
In order to get into the event, students had to show their student IDs, and if they brought guests, they just had to sign them in, and all of it was for free. Skate rentals were also free for everyone, with sizes available for almost anyone.
Color-coded wristbands were handed out to all who attended. Each color indicated an allotted time for guests to skate.
Kevin Hayes, a senior here at CSUSB, mentioned, “I really don’t remember the wristband system being implemented last time.”
Throughout the night, an announcer notified skaters five minutes before their time was up to get off of the rink, making room for the next group of skaters. After 9:20 pm anyone could get out on the rink and skate the night away.
The event provided free food, hammocks to rest on, and retro video games that guests could utilize while they waited for their next turn to skate.
Quintanilla said, “I wish we didn’t have to wait so long for our turn to skate, plus its only 20 minutes! So many people have fallen but still looked like they were having so much fun.”
Many people over the night fell and got right back up, often with help from others.
“It has been a super fun night, everyone is supporting each other when someone falls, it’s nice,” said Hayes.
Hayes brought his own skates and was seen by everyone performing his own skating style. When he tripped or fell, he was witnessed playing it off, making it look like he meant to do that.
“Build up the muscle memory! It’s easier to walk first in the skates, and then hold onto something,” Hayes advised new skaters.
On the other hand, Maya Orendain, a junior at CSUSB, said, “I don’t know how to skate whatsoever. My friends were teaching me throughout the night.”
One Orendain’s friend was holding on tight to her hand and giving her a little push on the carpeted section of the SMSU Event Center. She was not alone, as many other inexperienced skaters were seen doing the same throughout the night.
“I wish there were more railings or even a section for people like me that don’t really know how to skate,” said Orendain.
Students and their guests were having a blast all night. Quintanilla said, “I wish this event was until midnight, so we could literally skate the night away! That’s what they did for Latin Night, they should have done it for this, too.”
“I like that this event actually brought out a lot of people! Other events here on campus don’t really do that because they aren’t seen as ‘fun’,” said Orendain.
“I would definitely love if this event was a quarterly event!” said Hayes.