The students spent last Friday evening at RSC to eat, play and make crafts, organized by Student Involvement.
Mechanical bull riding, inflatable twisters and twisters, panel painting and “speed dating” with friends, Shockers After Dark had the students covered with a fun night out on Friday night.
On Friday night, around 200 people gathered at the Rhatigan Student Center to participate in Shockers After Dark.
The first 150 students received a gift bag with a lighted bulletin board and chalk marker for decoration. To receive a glow-in-the-dark t-shirt, students had to complete at least four of the games on offer throughout the night.
For two hours, the students went bowling in the alleys downstairs, jumped on the mechanical bull and fell, and sang for karaoke.
Freshman Austin Rempel joined in the fun with friends for about an hour. Rempel waited in the long line for the mechanical bull and discovered a new activity that he enjoys.
“The mechanical bull was the best activity there because I found out that I am now a rooted cowboy,” said Rempel.
Downstairs was also Evelyn Graray, a freshman studying art, who decided to go to the event to talk to people.
“I decided to go to Shockers After Dark because I wanted to experience the fun WSU had to offer and a way to socialize with new people,” said Graray.
The event featured various booths offering free food such as gooey chocolate chip cookies, sweet brownies, and salted popcorn for free while it lasted.
Second-year student Lauren Vuytecki heard about Shockers After Dark from others she met during a Transfer Student Social the college held the day before.
“While I was there, I exchanged information on Snapchat with some of the girls,” Vuytecki said. “One of them mentioned in our group chat Snap After Dark was happening that night and asked if there was anyone who would like to go. I thought it looked fun so i said i would go.
At Shockers After Dark, she was able to learn more about her new friends through the fun activities offered during the event. They did everything from karaoke to painting on wood.
Of all the activities on offer, Friends Speed Dating was her favorite activity. It allowed him to get closer to his friends
“We did the Friends Speed Dating first, which I really enjoyed because I got to know the girls better and it was so much fun making jokes about some of our responses,” said Vuytecki. “We also participated in Woodblock painting, the game where you throw a Frisbee through a slot in a bucket…”
Vuytecki says she enjoyed the night and the time to just socialize with her new friends and others on campus.
“A big part of the reason I spontaneously agreed to attend was to expose myself and try to socialize more,” said Vuytecki, “and it was honestly so much fun talking with them and engage in a way that I haven’t been able to in a long time.