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Fall Fling symbolizes end of summer

September 24, 2015
DJ D-Smooth sets the atmosphere for Union Board’s annual Fall Fling, hosted at the Lambright Center. – Photo by Devin Dronett

DJ D-Smooth sets the atmosphere for Union Board’s annual Fall Fling, hosted at the Lambright Center. – Photo by Devin Dronett

 

REBEKAH BARNES
Staff Reporter | reb033@latech.edu

 

 

Louisiana Tech students said goodbye to summer at Fall Fling Tuesday night.

 

Union Board hosted its annual fall kickoff at the Lambright pool where parched students played water pong to the beats by DJ D-Smooth, enjoyed free burgers and had their pictures taken by Lagniappe yearbook staff at the photo booth.

 

Rachel Minter made the party her own with the water pong tournament and photo booth.

 

“It’s the first event of the year, so we really wanted to open with a bang,” said Minter, Union Board committee head for this year’s Fall Fling.

 

Union Board is in charge of entertainment on campus and promoting school spirit.

 

Minter said she wanted to focus the event around keeping the energy of summer on campus.

 

“We want everyone to come together like one big pool party,” said Minter, a junior communication studies major.

 

For freshman Jordan Romain, a nursing major, it can be challenging to get back into the mindset of going to class after a summer off.

 

“School is the last thing on my mind, honestly,” he said. “But waking up at 8 a.m. says it’s not summer anymore.”

 

For Shekinah Hudson, a junior biology and pre-med major, summer classes kept her busy while others were on break.

 

“I was here all summer,” she said. “So this party feels like the summer I should’ve had.”

 

Hudson said she and her friend Daniella Portillo have been to every Fall Fling together since their freshman year.

 

“I think schools need stuff like this,” Hudson said. “It’s safer than some parties, and you can still have fun without alcohol.”

 

Portillo, a junior psychology major, agrees with  her friend Hudson.

 

“Good music and good people is all you need,” Portillo said.

 

She said classmates tend to be friendlier at events because they are more comfortable than they are in class.

 

“I’m excited to see everyone again, but I have to see them in class,” she said. “It’s bittersweet.”

 

For many of the students attending, Union Board hosted a fall pool party that still felt like summer, at least until class began again at 8 the next morning.

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