CAB kicks off year with cookies, movies, tie-dye

Freshly dyed T-shirts hang on a fence to dry after students participated in CAB’s tie-dye Tuesday event, one of several the organization has sponsored this semester. Photo by Kathryn Smith/The Bells.

Whether it’s riding the waves, tie-dying shirts or chowing down on homemade cookies, the Campus Activities Board provides students with a chance at free fun.

To kick off the school year, CAB threw the Back to School Bash at Belton’s local waterpark, Summer Fun. UMHB students had the opportunity to enjoy the water slides and wading pools by swiping their CruCards.

Keeping with CAB style, DJ Lil Buddy spun some tracks toward the end of the night and started a dance party in the shallow end of the pool.

Senior business major and executive of relations for CAB Audrey Ohendalski said, “Our T-shirt says ‘always expect a party’…that really describes what we want to do. We just want to make every event fun. I love that CAB is open to everyone and that anyone can get involved at any time.”

As the activities came to an end, university President and first lady Dr. and Mrs. Randy O’Rear surprised Crusaders with a local favorite, Frosti Cones.

Junior Christian studies major and CAB executive of advertising Katelyn Killian said, “Last year was the first year that the O’Rears bought everyone Frosti Cones. We were really excited that they offered to do it again this year…. It’s one of our annual events that draws a nice turnout.”

Students enjoyed sitting back and floating on the lazy river before hectic schedules kicked in.

Sophomore nursing major Katelyn Kretzer said, “CAB’s first event was the perfect way to start this semester. I had so much fun hanging out with old friends and making new ones. Summer Fun definitely lived up to its name because it was a blast.”

CAB also threw a colorful event, supplying T-shirts and dye for a tie-dying party. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., students stopped outside the SUB and expressed their creativity through this event.

Killian said, “Last year, we didn’t have a great turnout because it was a first for CAB. This year, the summer staff at CAB worked harder to find supplies, and we had over a hundred people come out this time. People didn’t even have to bring their own shirts to dye. We had a better system, and everything worked out really well.”

At another event, the Crusader Parent’s Organization cooked up a success with homemade cookies in the SUB. With the help of CAB, students’ mothers baked and served cookies and milk to students and staff, giving them a taste of home.

With classes now in full swing, the CAB staff thought students would enjoy a little relaxation and entertainment, for free, of course. With the help of the Grand Avenue Theatre management, they sponsored UMHB Night at the movies.

CruCards served as the only needed admission, and Grand Avenue reserved all of their screening rooms for Crusaders between 6 and 10 p. m. on Sept. 6.

Returning CAB members welcomed about 20 freshmen this year. With more ideas and hands, the organization hopes to continue bringing new events.

To help rookie members learn about event planning, CAB attended the Crusader Leadership Conference at Summers Mill Sept. 7-8. Working alongside other campus organizations, cabbers learned leadership techniques and character qualities to encourage teamwork and unity.

The first day of the conference, all team members were faced with a challenge: create an event in less than five hours for all of the participants in CLC.

They were given a budget, limited resources, advertising guidelines and unlimited ideas.

Within an hour, all of the preparations were made to execute the Running Man Remix, a game of untraditional capture the flag that consisted of a marked course, a jeep full of LED-lit balloons and dozens of flashlights.

This successful event ended in traditional CAB style with a spontaneous dance party.

With this experience, members of CAB are looking forward to new changes and a bright future to match their neon yellow T-shirts.

Along with a new group of freshmen members, the organization has added some new technology to help improve their events.

Over the summer, the university provided CAB with card readers that scan CruCards at all events. Killian shared her excitement about the new addition.

She said, “The CAB office has a new card scanner that scans student I.D.s as a way for us to get exact numbers and know that all attendees are UMHB students…. It gives us demographics of athletes, grades, majors and everything. We are able to take that and change our advertising tactic for the next year to reach more people. I think events will get better and better because of this.”

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