The University of La Verne’s Black Student Union, Brothers Forum and Sanctioned Step Team collaborated on their End of the Year Celebration on Tuesday evening at Citrus Lawn.
The purpose of this event was to celebrate the last event of the year for these organizations, promote student socialization and de-stress. Around 50 students attended the event and enjoyed all the activities that were lined up for the evening’s celebration.
Students were greeted at the event with the chance to get free wings, sliders and salads catered by House of Wings. The DJ played music throughout the event that got students to get up from their seats and dance to songs like Wobble, the Cupid Shuffle and the Cha-Cha Slide. Competition broke out when rounds of bingo began, and winners had the opportunity to pick La Verne gear from a mystery box.
Citrus Lawn got lots of foot traffic due to the dinner hour at The Spot, and drew in the attention of students who were curious about what was going on.
“I was curious as to what this event was and was pulled in by the mentioning of free food and games,” Brenna Jaime, junior business major, said. “It feels good to see everybody at this celebration and it is a good way to kick things off into the summer and next semester.”
Students previously involved in these clubs took this time to reflect on how these organizations impacted their college experience this past semester and the value behind the coming together of these groups to celebrate finishing the academic year.
“Their events were really informative for me in order to see other people’s college experiences and apply it to my own, learn about the school’s history and life hacks,” freshman sociology major Justin Parks said.
Student leaders encouraged other students to participate in their communities through their clubs and events, such as the End of the Year Celebration.
“These organizations are here to support you and connect you on campus and offer engagement and promote better student life,” Jose “Manny” Forde, vice president of the Brothers Forum, said.
These organizations hoped to leave a lasting impression on students attending that will encourage them to learn more and get involved in the following year.
“Black Student Union welcomes anyone to attend our events, your race and ethnicity doesn’t matter, we understand Black Student Union is for Black students, but it is also to educate communities about Black experiences as well, so our events are catered for everyone to have a good time,” Olivia Magby, president of the Black Student Union, said.
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