With Christmas right around the corner, many students came out and participated in the craft fair and holiday bash held on Wednesday at the University of La Verne Mall. Freshman Marcella Guillen was one of the students who took part in the fun, decorating a Christmas door hanger.
University of La Verne commuter students were celebrated at the Commuter Holiday Bash, held at the University Mall on Wednesday. The Campus Activities Board hosted the event, which included a free lunch and plenty of giveaways.
The University Mall was transformed with festive decorations, a Christmas tree adorned with air fresheners and key chains, and a section of snow.
“It made me get into the spirit with the Christmas decorations,” junior psychology major Ashley Cervantes said.
“I like the snow because it gets you into the spirit,” Cervantes added.
Commuters who received lunch were also given a choice between a $5 In-N-Out gift certificate and a $5 Shell gas card.
“It’s good that they recognize the commuters,” she said. “(The gas cards) were a really neat idea since we commute.”
According to flyers posted around the campus, the first 150 commuters could eat for free.
“There were 127 commuters within the first half hour,” CAB Major Events co-chair Michelle Ajemian said. “We’ve already given away 100 of the bags with the gas cards and In-N-Out certificates.”
Musicians Shane Paynter and Tom Bethke performed holiday classics, as well as some classic rock covers.
“The food and music are my favorite part,” Cervantes said. “I like the covers of America and the Eagles.”
Some ULV clubs and organizations set up tables with trinkets and snacks for the commuters as well.
The Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology Club sold handmade candles, cards and ornaments appropriate for the holiday season.
“We have sold a lot of the cards and the candy cane reindeers,” SAC Vice President Carmen Bonilla said.
Iota Delta displayed memorabilia their members made, such as decorated wooden paddles, jewelry boxes and picture frames. The sorority also offered sandwiches, chips and other refreshments to passersby.
One of the most popular attractions was the “Decorate a Snowman” table sponsored by CAB. Students were invited to create holiday-themed, foam door hangers with puffy paints, and personalized ornaments.
“This is great,” junior Dee Owei, a commuter from Rancho Cucamonga, said. “We just saw it, so we decided to come. I love the combination of the craft activities and the food.”
CAB Major Events Chairs Sara Johnston and Ajemian both said they started planning the event in the beginning of November.
“We wanted to do something different,” Johnston said. “Usually there is a Commuter Day in spring, but we thought it ?would be great to have a holiday celebration right before finals.”
Ajemian and Johnston with Special Events Chair April Starkey decided to combine the Commuter Day and Craft Fair, which were originally meant to be two separate events, in order to draw a livelier turnout.
Starkey was pleased with the student participation and the group effort it took to plan the event.
“It seems that our campus is finally realizing that events can be that much better when there is lots of cooperation rather than competition for locations, dates and times,” Starkey said.
“CAB feels very lucky to have such great relationships with the clubs, organizations and other departments on campus,” she added.
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