Extravaganza creates holiday spirit

Engaging in the holiday fun, senior communications major Tyler Bertao and freshman criminology major Veronica Montes decorate Christmas cards at the Holiday Extravaganza. The Campus Activities Board hosted the event at Dec. 3 in the Bonita Building on Bonita Avenue, and CAB provided snacks and crafts from different cultures around the world. / photo by Chelsey Morrison

Hayley Hulin
LV Life Editor

The Campus Activities Board hosted a Holiday Extravaganza as its final event of the semester Dec. 3 in the Bonita Building on Bonita Avenue.

As students entered the extravaganza, they were given La Verne scarves, gloves and beanies.

Students also received raffle tickets to win either a gift card to Cheesecake Factory and two movie tickets, two tickets to Disney on Ice: Frozen or two tickets to KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas.

There were two drawings, one at 11 p.m. and the other at midnight.

Winners of the raffle include senior biology major Mireya Barba, junior communications major Chelsey Morrison, junior business major Stephanie Garibay, junior psychology major Elias Maldonado and freshman kinesiology major Rosalina Zaragoza.

“Concert tickets are always a good incentive to come to an event,” said sophomore kinesiology major Thomas Huynh. “I’d really want to see Twenty One Pilots.”

Bon Appétit provided food, which was spread throughout the building on both floors.
Students enjoyed decorating gingerbread cookies, dipping treats into a chocolate fountain and drinking hot chocolate.

“Bringing everyone together is really great,” said junior kinesiology major and CAB chairwoman Emily DeStefano. “The food is really great — people bond over food.”

The Bonita Building was decorated for a variety of seasonal holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Year’s Day.

Multiple cultural clubs had booths at the event to represent their particular holidays.

“I know they always have the Holiday Extravaganza and it’s my senior year, so I thought I might as well go,” said senior psychology major Reem Aranki. “I think it’s cute. It’s nicely decorated and I like how they incorporated Christmas and New Year’s.”

Students enjoyed a holiday-themed photo booth and crafts at different cultural booths.

“Hopefully they take home cute crafts and leave with full bellies,” DeStefano said.

CAB booked the Bonita Building for a week in order to prepare for the Holiday Extravaganza.

They began by clearing the space of left over chairs and tables, and then they decorated, said DeStefano.

“This event had the most prep for an event: reserving the space, decorating and getting the tables,” said senior theater major and CAB marketing chairwoman Michaela Bulkley.

“We really wanted to make it a unique experience and we wanted it to be relaxed — a fun way to go into finals.”

In order to use the Bonita Building, CAB had to get approval from the city and the fire marshal, said Associate Director of Student Life Angie Anderson.

“From a CAB perspective, I love how we came together and made an event that we all had fun doing,” Bulkley said. “Good food, good team and good vibes for the event.”

Hayley Hulin can be reached at hayley.hulin@laverne.edu.

Chelsey Morrison

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