Hundreds turn out for Aloha Party

By Victoria O’Connor


More than 400 University of the Incarnate Word students ended Welcome Week enjoying an Aloha Party, the Campus Activities Board’s first event of the new academic year.

The Hawaiian-themed party on Aug. 25 was filled with food, music and entertainment from the culture as it featured hula dancers and fire performers.

“We thought it was a great idea because it’s our first event of the semester and it’s still kind of summer,” CAB President Lexi Pedregon said. “We thought it would be fun to show Hawaiian culture. It took us about three hours to set up, but we have been planning this event all summer.”

The party featured contests such as limbo, hula dancing, and conch-blowing for returning and new students to interact with each other. Through each activity, the students had a chance to win free T-shirts.

“I saw a lot of fliers around campus [about the event] and from my friends,” Violeta Sanchez, a freshman nursing major, said. “It was pretty cool. I like how they had the hula dancers, fire and free shirts.”

Freshman Terri Sims, a marketing major, said his favorite event was the limbo contest. But he thought the conch-blowing could have been better.

“The weakest part was the conch-blowing, but everything else has been pretty fun,” Sims said. I believe this is going to be a fun year.”

For freshman Alan Pena, getting to meet with friends was the best part.

“My favorite part has to be going to the event and getting to see all these people,” Pena said. “This (was) only my third or fourth day, so I don’t really know anyone here. I came to this event and ran into some classmates and old friends. It’s just great to see everyone come together.”

Overall, the Aloha Party turned out the most people than past CAB events in her time at UIW, Pedregon said.

“This has been the best turnout we have had, at least since I’ve been in CAB,” Pedregon said. “We probably had over 400 people come tonight and that is awesome. I just hope to achieve more big turnouts like [this one], and maybe keep it more interactive with students for chances to win more shirts, prizes and giveaways.

“Our next event will most likely be in the middle of September. We will be having a food truck for Hispanic Heritage Month along with some kind of entertainment. I can’t tell you what it will be yet, but it is going to be really cool.” img-0276     img-0395     img-0446     img-0531

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