MCCC's annual Back to School Barbecue on Sept. 9 was a day for gathering, socializing, and, of course, grabbing some good summer food as the season comes to a close.
“It’s nice to catch up with people you may have had classes with that you haven't seen over the summer,” says MCCC student Scott Reaume. “For that reason I think the barbeque is a great event for students.”
Many booths were present to represent their clubs, as well as Siena Heights, which has a long relationship with MCCC.
"I think it's definitely a little more crowded and livelier this year; there are more booths and more people playing frisbee than I remember. I think it’s a fun time for everyone," said Julie Edwards, representative of the Siena Heights booth.
MCCC's Student Government hosts the event each year, Student Government is led by Tom Ryder, who is the Campus Event and Student Activities Coordinator.
“This year has by far the most people and most businesses attending, which means more free giveaway items for our students," Ryder said.
The booths had various merchandise to pass out to students stopping by, including t-shirts, wristbands, frisbees, and lanyards, among other things. It’s a great way to make students aware of the array of clubs and organizations MCCC has to offer.
The Student Government booth itself garnered student interest.
“Although all clubs are represented, Student Government organizes the barbeque in hopes to get more members each year,” said member Tawny Johnson. Although Tawny wasn’t quite sure of the size of the crowd, she confirmed that Student Government “had a lot of people asking [about Student Government], so it's certainly safe to say it’s been a good turnout this year."
Present for their third time this year was the Gay/Straight Alliance’s booth. Member Ian Leach was representing at the BBQ.
“This week as you probably know is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week, and we’re hoping to gain further awareness for this. Because of the exposure through today’s barbeque, we’re now expecting more attendees at this Thursdays Candlelight Vigil, which the Gay/Straight Alliance is helping to organize," Leach said.
The Candlelight Vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Lay-Z-Boy Center Atrium.
The highlight of the BBQ would probably be considered Monroe County Community College's very own President Kojo Quartey’s spill into the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
“The water was colder than I expected; it takes a moment before you realize it! I think the research the charity is doing is very important and I’m happy to contribute. I will be personally donating to the ALS Association, and it’s great to see the level of interest this has reached in the student body. We’ve had a great turnout and I hope to see even more next year," said Quartey, after taking an icey bucket-to-the-head.
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