By Naomi Stuart
Last Friday night Festival Ballroom was filled with students and members of the Harrisonburg community for a fun night of slipping and sliding on an indoor ice rink. The line was out the door just minutes after the event’s 7pm kickoff and people of all ages got ready to put on skates and enjoy some complimentary fun and hot cocoa.
Though there was a line, there was no shortage of activities to keep you busy while waiting for a chance to skate. There were plenty of seating and entertainment opportunities for parents in attendance who preferred to watch their kids skate, as well as for any other non-skaters, such as performances by JMU acapella groups like Low Key and Notoriety.
“The music sounds good,” said Derek Light, a junior biology major. “I’m happy that students are willing to help give us these opportunities.”
The event was run by members of UPB, who walked around in their polos to provide assistance and make sure the event was organized and enjoyable for all. People received a line number quickly, and were able to get inside to enjoy the event while they waited for their turn.
“I didn’t even fall,” joked Kathryn Sparagno, an undeclared freshman. “This was a nice place to go and be with some friends.”
Many students seemed to agree that the event was a great way to switch things up. UPB provides many of these opportunities, where students can do something new and festive as opposed to their normal routines.
“This is a good change of pace,” added Light.
“My friends told me about [this],” said Kathryn Landis, a senior biology major. “[It’s] a great new way for friends to get together.”
Students and members of the community don’t always get a chance to interact, and UPB provided a great way for JMU to make a contribution to Harrisonburg as a whole through this event. The rink was advertised to everyone, not just to JMU students, and you could tell that the message had gotten out by the number of people in attendance.
If you missed this event, don’t worry! UPB puts on plenty of events throughout the semester, many of which are free. Make sure to check out what sorts of events are happening around campus, such as big and small concerts and more fun activity nights like this one!