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Campus Activities Board ‘hits it out of the park’ with Welcome Week

By Collin Atwood
Special Projects Manager

It’s the start of a new school year and the Campus Activities Board (CAB) set up a welcome week that will get everybody off their feet. Thankfully, Springfield College has implemented the safety measures necessary to have events like this on campus with minimal limitations. 

Every year CAB organizes events during the first week of school to help the students meet new people and ease into their busy schedules. The theme this year is sports, a topic that suits the campus well. 

“We missed out last year with all of the sporting events not happening and it’s something a lot of people on campus can relate to,” said Payton Lynch, a senior and co-chair of membership for CAB. 

Welcome week kicked off on Tuesday with Spud’s food truck where you could enjoy a loaded baked potato while also learning about the Springfield College Dance Marathon (SCDM).

SCDM is an organization on campus that helps fundraise for the B+ Foundation which is an organization that fights for childhood cancer awareness. They also provide financial assistance to families with children with cancer as well as fund research for treatments and cures. 

The CAB event that took place on Wednesday is an all-time favorite at Springfield College. Finally, Bingo was allowed to be hosted right on campus where everyone could meet up and compete for prizes.

The sport themed prizes included a speaker, Glow in the Dark Spikeball and much more.

On Thursday CAB will be hosting two events. To start the day CAB is introducing their CAB’s Commuter Corner. For this week, commuters can meet on the Naismith Green at 12 p.m. and create their very own Springfield College keychain.

“This is a new chair that we have for commuters so that they can have a free spot to go and talk,” Lynch said.

The second event is CAB’s weekly Thrifty Thursday. This week students can head to the Union at 8 p.m. to design their own coffee koozie.

For the last two days of welcome week CAB wants to remind the campus community what it was like to socialize with people outside. It’s important for students, especially first year students, to get out and meet new people.

“We really want to get back into the spirit of having people outside, at events, hanging out and really getting that culture back,” Lynch said.

CAB will be hosting their sports carnival on the Naismith Green from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. At the event students can compete for prizes, eat food and hopefully meet new people. 

Ending the week of sports themed activities is the color run. On Saturday at 12 p.m. grab your running shoes and make your way towards Naismith Green. Colors will be coming at you as you run or walk a few laps around campus.

CAB will be organizing COVID friendly events all year long so that students can take that well deserved break from homework and tests. 

“Right now we don’t have any caps on anything so that’s exciting. We’re going to try to do as many things outside, weather permitting, because then we don’t have to wear a mask and we can be outside face-to-face.”

If you want to learn more about CAB you can visit their Instagram: @scpridecab. To meet other CAB members you can also go to their meet and greet on Monday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a trampoline, rockwall and other activities right outside of the Union.

Photos Courtesy SC Dance Marathon and SC CAB

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