Davenport brings beach to students

Taking time out from working Spotlight Weekend, junior Nikole Hollenitsch enjoys cooling off on the slip-n-slide. Freshman Dana Bosch, juniors Fiona Carter, Chris Arbizu and Aramark worker Eddie Briones cheer her on. Campus Dining and Student Affairs provided Saturday's festivities, which included music, food, games and prizes. / photo by Lauren Wooding
Taking time out from working Spotlight Weekend, junior Nikole Hollenitsch enjoys cooling off on the slip-n-slide. Freshman Dana Bosch, juniors Fiona Carter, Chris Arbizu and Aramark worker Eddie Briones cheer her on. Campus Dining and Student Affairs provided Saturday’s festivities, which included music, food, games and prizes. / photo by Lauren Wooding

by Christian A. Lopez
Staff Writer

For some students at the University of La Verne, the beach is too far to travel out to on weekends, so Davenport Dining Services decided to bring the beach to them on Saturday afternoon by bringing in sand, a doughboy pool, and setting up volleyball nets in Sneaky Park.

Students added to the spirit of the ‘beach’ theme by coming in bathing suits and beach apparel, as the beautiful, summer-like temperatures created the perfect atmosphere for a beach party.

The “Beach Blast Blowout,” as the event was called, served burgers, hot dogs and soft drinks to all those attending while a disc jockey entertained them with music. Students also responded well to the slip-and-slide, as they took turns diving and sliding through the slippery water slide.

The event was put together by director of food services Keith Friend who decided they would need a place to provide service to students after Davenport Dining Hall was reserved for alumni present for Alumni Day, also taking place that day.

“We have the alumni this weekend and as a result of them wanting to use Davenport Dining Hall, I felt that we needed to create a program for our regular-board students. It’s not our policy to just kick our students out of Davenport so somebody else could use their dining services,” said Friend. “So in order to make it a fun event for them I thought we could create some energy, built a beach on campus, bring a pool in, and have some fun.”

Students responded well to the adjustment that was made by Friend, to turn a regular outdoor service into a beach barbecue party.

“This is cool, you get to hang out with people, and meet some people,” said freshmen Lavar Williams.

Suspense took center stage at the event when the pool, which was brought in, was raffled off to students who purchased raffle tickets.

The lucky student who had the winning ticket turned out to be senior Nick Van Der Wende who has big plans for his prize.

“I was excited, all my neighbors were excited and we are looking forward to having a barbecue with the pool one of these Sundays and sharing it with as many people as we can,” said Van Der Wende.

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