Students come together for night of booze-free fun

No question about it – LollaNoBooza 2006 was a hit. Despite having to be moved inside due to rain, there was a large turnout, and not just among freshmen.

Students of all ages and many campus organizations came out on Tuesday, Aug. 29 to show their support for the event where, according to the slogan, “It’s more fun when you remember what you’ve done.”

Many organizations attracted students to their booths and activities by offering prizes such as goldfish or free items such as food or keychains.

The College’s Greek organizations and sports teams played an integral part in the success of the event. Sororities and fraternities, along with several other student groups, took over the Brower Student Center atrium.

Many groups sponsored games, such as a Penny Toss and Academic Majors Jeopardy, while other organizations served “mocktails” and Rita’s Italian ices.

The Black Student Union sponsored one of the more popular events of the night, dance musical chairs, in the student center Food Court. The winners got to bring home a new friend – a goldfish.

Many freshmen found the activities in the student center to be fun and informative. Several organizations provided facts about healthy living and the dangers of alcohol, but the night also gave groups a chance to make themselves known to all the new students.

“It’s a good way to find out about all the clubs,” Carolyn Jepson, freshman elementary education major, said.

Many upperclassmen from the organizations were happy with the large number of freshmen that came out to the event.

Christine Cullen, executive president of the Student Government Association, also praised the class as a whole.

“The freshman class has been the best behaved,” she said.

She also added that as of that night, there had been no ambulance transports of freshmen due to alcohol.

Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) members were also thrilled with the enthusiasm of the freshman class.

“This has been a really good event for us,” Stefanie Zitelli, vice president of SADD and sophomore elementary education/English major, said. “It got our name out and a lot of people signed up.”

“Tonight is right along the lines of what we do,” Lindsay Warren, president of SADD and senior secondary education/history major said. “If we can get our name out, especially to the freshmen, it’s really good.”

Activities for the night were not limited to the student center. Volleyball games were sponsored by Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Delta Zeta in Packer Hall. Other activities in Packer included bumper boats, dodgeball and a free-throw shooting contest.

The Recreation Center was also full of activity. Many of the events, such as wiffleball and the Kong Obstacle Course, were sponsored by the College’s sports teams.

WTSR provided a live DJ and music as students got tangled up in Twister and raced each other to the top of the rock wall.

LollaNoBooza is always a treat for one senior in particular.

“I’ve come every year,” John Savage, civil engineering major, said, “It’s a good way to reunite with friends. All in all, it’s a social gathering that reinforces the positive atmosphere here at (the College).”

The positive response to the night just enforced its message – you do not need alcohol to have a good time in college.

Freshman chemistry major Maria Banis enthusiastically shared how she enjoys every day: “I get high off life!”