Prospective students say aloha to the University

Posted April 7, 2006
Kourtney Brumfield
Sophomore Tiffany Sigal and Davenport employee David Wilson danced the night away at Friday’s Spotlight Weekend luau. The luau was part of Spotlight Weekend, an event for perspective high school students interested in attending the University of La Verne.

Alexandra Lozano
Staff Writer

Prospective students and current University of La Verne students gathered last Friday in Davenport for the Spotlight Weekend dance.

The lunchroom was transformed with a Hawaiian theme complete with beach balls and beach mats.

“The Luau Beach Party was a different theme than the 2005 dance, which was the Twilight Zone,” said April Starkey, chairwoman of the Special Events committee for the Campus Activities Board.

“Beach mats were placed down for people who wanted to chill,” said Michelle Baccus, CAB marketing chairwoman. “But it really wasn’t used for that, it just created a beachy feel.”

Although some of the prospective students did not know any students from different schools, many were not too shy to ask for a spin on the dance floor. Students sang along to the songs that ULV alumnus and deejay Brian Ortega played throughout the dance.

One factor that made this year’s spotlight weekend dance different from past years is that it was not only advertised to the prospective students but also to current ULV students.

“I think people were really excited to have fun. It wasn’t just two people wanting to get (involved), everyone wanted to,” Baccus said.

Episodes from Laguna Beach were played in La Fetra Hall to compliment the beach theme. Many students were satisfied with the activities prior to the dance, such as a panel discussion with current ULV students and skits in the Cabaret Theatre.

“I like the performances they gave in the tents,” said Ukiah High School senior Adrienne Foote.

Prospective students were able to get a chance to experience life on a college campus with help from current ULV students and staff.

“I kind of get a feel for college life,” Garey High School senior Jackie Guevara said.

“The people are really nice and friendly,” Foote agreed. “I’ve been so impressed with how nice everybody is.”

Current students were excited to interact with potential peers. A few also noticed that the high school students were very friendly and outgoing.

“The (prospective students) I’ve met were really friendly,” said Kim Wingston, a freshman business major who was hosting. “I got along with them really well.”

“This is one more event that shows successful cross-programming between departments on campus,” Starkey said.

Alexandra Lozano can be reached at himelozano@juno.com.

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