By Thomas Asbaty
The yearly Pratt After Dark event was held on Thursday, March 23 at Pratt Recreational Center from 10 p.m to 1 a.m. The theme this year was black light dance party. Students were given glow sticks to put around their necks and heads. There were plenty of things to do at this event, including a hamster roll, where students in hamster balls raced one another on a blow up track. There was also mini golf, Ping-Pong, photo booth, Pac-man, cotton candy machine, fuse ball and shuffle board.
Matthew Blanar, the assistant director of campus life, for his first year projects that around 800 to 1,000 students attended. “Surprisingly we get a lot of commuter students, but mostly kids on campus show up,” Blanar said about the large crowd.
This will be Blanar’s second time running Pratt After Dark. Although the event was free for students, donations were taken. The money raised goes to Relay for Life. The event is not a fundraiser, Blanar said, “but to get students out and have little bit of fun after dark.”
The big difference this year was the water pong tournament, senior physiology major and President of Student Activities Board Gabby Sharp, said. “The tournament is to raise money for relay for life, which is the main difference from this year to previous years,” Sharp said. Even though Pratt After Dark isn’t a fundraiser, the Student Activity Board thought it would be a fun way to raise money. They received 20 sign ups for the water pong tournament, which are two people a team and a $6 entry fee per team.
In her first year as President of Student Activities Board, Sharp’s job was to pick the games and activities for the event.
“My team and I have been coming for the last two years and we all have a great time,” Bella Fuduli, a sophomore nutrition health and wellness fitness major, said. “It is nice to have something on campus like this, I think they should do more events for us; students like it.”
Fuduli and her teammates agreed that the blow-up hamster roll was the most fun event. “If you haven’t come to a Pratt After Dark, you should,” Fuduli said. “It is free and a fun time.”