Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s first Spring Fling Dance March 30 at Patriots’ Casa made one student feel as if she were far away from campus.
Gabriella Ruiz, biology freshman and president of Animal Hearts, attended the dance with her boyfriend. She wore a knee-length dress and black shiny flats to complement her boyfriend’s gray button-up shirt.
The Campus Activities Board organized the dance.
“They did such a great job with decorations and setup,” Ruiz said. “I felt as if I was somewhere else and not on campus — which I loved since I live on campus [and] there isn’t always stuff going on. … But for this one night, I feel like I can let loose and have fun with my boyfriend.”
The first floor of Patriots’ Casa was decorated with spring-like green vines, flowers and a touch of gold. As students in cocktail attire mingled, music from a DJ filled the Ceremony Room, where many students were dancing to music such as Cardi B’s “I Like It” and “Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid.
Students also enjoyed Chick-fil-A and a chocolate fountain. Others used the photo booth in the lobby to keep the party alive.
With the attendance of approximately 150 students, the night was a success, said Kayla Salwey, political science senior and vice president of CAB. She said expectations of the night were to have fun.
“Students come out and have fun — this is our first annual Campus Activities Board Spring Fling — so we want to continue this on as a tradition and to get the word out about the Campus Activities Board,” Salwey said.
Salwey said A&M-San Antonio is trying to make traditions of its own as a newly founded school.
She said Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, A&M-San Antonio president, stopped by at the Spring Fling and took pictures with the students.
“It’s exciting the university president came out to support us because, this is something we want to keep on as a tradition,” Salwey said.
Salwey said this would be CAB’s last big event of the semester, but definitely not the last event of the semester, which still includes karaoke and Hump Days; information for events can be found online on JagSync.
Although the dance was a success, it was a struggle to put together because of location changes and other last-minute issues, said Reece Gindhart, kinesiology junior and CAB’s co-chair of recruitment.
Gindhart said business management junior Emilee Jones, biomedical science freshman Chantenysa Bertrand and Salwey were instrumental in making the dance a success.
“Chantenysa, Emilee and Kayla were here all night all weekend,” Gindhart said. “They put in a lot of work on the event and [it] definitely wouldn’t have happened without them.
Each student had the option to bring one guest to the dance, and in the first hour each guest had already arrived with a date.
History junior Moriah Torres was among those who brought a date to the Spring Fling. Torres, in a long black strapless dress and black heels, danced the night away with her date.
“I think that it [the dance] is interesting; you know I think it’s a really nice night,” Torres said. “I would like to see more dances here because it gives a chance for students to interact with one another and have fun.”