Spring Fling bringing food trucks, potted plants

By Madeline Alvarez, Staff Writer

Do you like free food and have a green thumb? Then the annual Spring Fling event hosted by the Campus Activities Board might be the event for you.

The Spring Fling, happening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, provides a chance to enjoy the emerging spring weather and bring people together, Director of Student Affairs Morgan Calvert said.

Calvert said that this is a come-and-go event. There will be a limited quantity of free t-shirts offered to students. There will be yard games available and food trucks, which will be free for students.

Because the introduction of the food trucks to the Welcome Back Bash held last semester was a success, CAB decided to have some again for the Spring Fling, Calvert said.

Student Government Association passed a bill on Tuesday to sponsor one to two food trucks, said SGA Vice President Thao Nguyen.

Nguyen said that the food trucks were sold out during the Welcome Back Bash.

There will also be a potting and planting activity during the Spring Fling.

CAB and the Gardening Club will be partnering to provide plant pots, paints and plants for students to paint a pot and take their plant home with them. The collaboration for this event started last year, said Gardening Club President Samantha Rader.

“There are a bunch of people who are not able to come to the meetings due to time frames, so whether they’re in the Gardening Club or not, they’re still able to take home a plant, and it always goes over well with the students,” Rader said.

Rader said that the event was successful last year with around 50 plants given out in the course of one hour.

“That’s a really popular event,” Rader said.

Rader said that there are benefits to having plants in your living areas.

“Plants are good for your health. They increase the air quality in your home and they help students not be as stressed out, so it’s good to have it in a study corner… If you could just grow one plant, you’re helping the environment, and it’s good for you,” Rader said.

Rader said that the Gardening Club hopes to expand its plant giveaways to herbs and vegetables next year.

The Spring Fling will take place on Founders’ Plaza, weather permitting.

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