Back-to-School Barbecue features sunny skies

Students could visit a variety of tables set up by on-campus and off-campus organizations. (Photo by Miranda Gardner)

The sun was a prominent guest at the 2017 Back-to-School Barbecue.

The Monroe County Community College event was organized and hosted by Student Government and sponsored by multiple organizations, including Siena Heights University.  It took place on the lawn east of the La-Z-Boy Center.

Both college and outside organizations set up tables for students to visit.

"It's the largest we've had so far, over 20 organizations on campus here, internal on-campus clubs and external companies. It's a great event," College President Kojo Quartey said.

Students listened to music from 92.5 Kiss FM, ate food provided by Buffalo Wild Wings and Kosch, the campus food service, and enjoyed the weather.

"I think it's nice that it's outside. Last year it was in the administrative building, so it was very close, very intimate. This year it's a nice use of space, it's very welcoming. The weather is beautiful," writing fellow Kayla Maddox said.

The weather wasn't so nice to everyone.

Katy Frebes sat at the Math and Science Society booth, holding an umbrella over her head.

"It's a little toasty," she said. "They put me in the sun so I had to do that, and I'm kinda pale so I gotta make it work."

The barbecue has been an annual event for many years at the college and has gone through a few changes.

"When it first started, it was a lot smaller. It was just Student Government, Buffalo Wild Wings, and a few college organizations, like Phi Theta Kappa," Phillip Borawski, a technical operations assistant, said. "Over the years it's gotten bigger.  It used to be more college oriented. There weren't as many outside organizations. It's nice to watch it grow over time."