CAB After Dark provides students with a needed break before final exams

The fourth annual CAB After Dark brought rides, bands and more to campus.
(Photo by Gina Alford-Dickerson)

CAB After Dark drew a full house of students to enjoy food, rides and entertainment at the University of West Florida, Friday, April 19.

The Campus Activity Board’s fourth annual CAB After Dark event started at 7 p.m. with a long line of attendees waiting to get arm bands with a number for the raffle and to enjoy the festivities. The event had free food, such as cookies, turkey legs, corn on the cob, corn dogs and shaved ice.

“I like the fact that it is all free, and I like the food, the rides and the music; it is just a really good environment,” said Tiffany Stermer, freshman political science major.

This was Stermer’s first year attending CAB After Dark, and she was really enjoying the event.

“I heard from my resident assistant to come because she said it was going to be a lot of fun,” Stermer said.

Stermer said she really liked the funnel cakes, which was one of the most popular food items. They were so popular that there was always a long line, and then the vendor ran out of batter toward the end of the event.

This year’s even had more rides than previous years such as a zip line and the popular mechanical bull. Juni Curry, a sophomore biochemistry major, said riding the bull was so awesome that she signed up for the bull riding contest, which had a prize of $100—and Curry won. Tia Jarvis, chemistry major, said riding the zip line was fun and exhilarating. The zip line also had a constant line of people waiting.

There were two bands that performed at the event, Progression and the Los Angeles band Thick as Thieves. Students also were filmed doing the Wobble and the Harlem Shake.

The Campus Activity Board brought back some old favorites from previous years, including the photo booth, which always had a long line.

For the first time ever there was a spirit competition among the student organizations involved with the event. Alpha Gamma Delta won, and Phi Sigma Sigma was the runner-up.

One of the most anticipated moments was the raffle during the last few minutes of CAB After Dark, which had several prizes, such as a bike, a television, two Ipod Nanos and a sound system.

“I had a lot of fun; there was a lot more going on this year than previous years since my freshman year in 2010,” said Karla Rivera, senior studio art major. “So I like it. It was a lot of fun I love music, I love the food, and I love the rides.”

For pictures and videos from this year’s CAB After Dark visit the CAB Facebook page facebook.com/groups/UWFCAB. More information about next year’s events will also be on the website or come by the CAB office in the Commons, building 22, room 239.

Antonio Jones
Staff Writer   

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