Weekend Kicks Off With First Labor Day at CUA
Amanda Matyas, Tower Staff
September 9, 2011
Filed under News
The University began a new Labor Day tradition on Saturday with a second fall gathering, three days before the annual Fall Fiesta.
Activities during the holiday weekend started around seven p.m. on September 3 on the Pryzbyla West Lawn. A moon bounce, mechanical bull and photo booth were just some of the festivities provided free to students by Program Board, Residence Life and CUAlternative.
Organizations such as Orientation Extended and the Freshmen Retreat Team to discuss the upcoming programming targeted towards first year students.
Among the biggest enticements for students was the free food, from ice cream to making s’mores to decorating cookies on tables surrounding the games. By 7:30 pm, most of the food was gone.
The Labor Day celebration had “a good turnout, and there’s a lot of things to do and everyone has different things that they are interested in,” said Emily Gentile, an International Business and German Major from the class of 2014. “It seemed to be a good balance of activities.”
Those who enjoy flying tackled the moon bounce, those who like art could get a fake tattoo and those who like to take it easy could eat and take a photo in the photo booth.
Local band Higher Education from Hyattsville, Maryland also performed during the celebration.
“Having activities like this on campus just brings our community closer together,” said Jamie Ryan, a sophomore math major.
Many students agreed that ‘Labor Day at CUA’ was a convenient event held on campus to allow students to come together and celebrate this national holiday.
Also on campus, Opus Hall hosted a block party for all residences of the building on Monday, September 5. Fall Fiesta, an annual event, held up the Pryzbyla by marking the beginning of the year was held the day after the Opus Hall block party.
Residences painted door stops, played corn hole, ate free Rita’s Italian Ice and socialized with each other. This was another way for students to interact with their Resident Assistants, their floor mates and friends, all the while celebrating a long weekend free from the stress that sets in once the semester starts.
“[It was] better than I thought it would be,” stated Molly Fitzpatrick, a History major from the class of 2014. “The Rita’s was really good; we don’t have it where I’m from. It was a good idea for community interaction.”
Opus third floor RA and Politics major, Connor Dowd, said that “[the block party was] very successful, everyone was having a good time. Success isn’t [about having] a lot of people or about the numbers, it is about having fun.”