With most of the student body away until August, campus over the summer can feel rather empty compared to the bustling grounds students grow accustomed to during the school year. To keep campus vibrant and inviting over the summer months, the Carolina Union Activities Board is providing a steady stream of events aimed at helping students wind down and connect with their peers.
“Summer courses are super stressful for students, much more than the academic year,” CUAB President Neil Harwani said. “So we really want to use our student fees that we get to effectively provide programs for students that are fun, stress relieving, you know, just kind of get that response of, ‘I can’t believe you’re actually doing this for me.’”
One of CUAB’s most popular efforts this summer is free Pelican’s SnoBalls each Tuesday in Polk Place, weather permitting. Free SnoBalls proved popular with students throughout June and will continue through July. The rain location is inside the Union.
“We do that weekly,” Harwani said, “So students can always rely on that Tuesday afternoon break in the sun, maybe go out to Polk Place and get a free snow cone.”
Starting in July, CUAB’s weekly frozen treat offering will also include free ice cream every Friday at the same locations.
“Every Friday we’ll do a different ice cream place,” Harwani said. “So starting out July 1 we’re doing Maple View, and then every week, every Friday after that we’re gonna be doing different ice cream places. So we have Ben and Jerry’s next, then Cold Stone and then more Locopops.”
While standing in line for SnoBalls Tuesday, senior Erin Sugg said she would like to see CUAB put on more events featuring frozen treats.
“Because it’s so warm and sunny, I think that’s a really great idea," Sugg said.
In addition to weekly offerings, CUAB is putting on several larger, one-time events this summer.
Harwani said after hosting a successful bingo event on June 8, CUAB will be hosting bingo 2.0 on July 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Great Hall. The last event featured free Jimmy John’s and pizza as well as a bingo event in which students played for prizes including Beats headphones, Ray-Ban sunglasses and an Apple TV, among other prizes. He said the event brought about 250 students to the Great Hall.
CUAB is also hosting a “dive-in” showing of the Jungle Book on July 9 from 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. in Kessing Pool and a summer birthday bash to celebrate students not born during the school year on July 21 from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in the Great Hall.
Sophomore Sarah Liebkemann said she enjoyed going to CUAB events this summer.
“I really like these events, so I’m really glad they’re going on,” Liebkemann said. “And it’s a good way to meet people and chat around.”
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