AKL hosted its third annual Glo Hard Party in the Art Studio parking lot on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 8:30 p.m.
Student Association, Student Life, Valley Nights and Program Board sponsored the event. The party equipment was provided by Glo Hard, while music was provided by local DJs.
Jaeames Chouinard, a member of AKL, said that they hoped to see at least as many attendees as in previous years, around 800 students.
“(We’ll) hopefully continue to grow the event,” he said.
The event encourages safe partying and offers a fun start to the school year.
“We hoped that students have a great time in a safe and fun environment while being part of on-campus events,” Chouinard said. “We also hoped they learn some safe partying tips, which are provided on the backs of the event shirts this year. Bringing the campus together is always a goal for an event like this.”
The party coordinators worked with Peer Health Education in previous years to serve mocktails but were unable to this year.
However, early arrivers to the event still received free event T-shirts and glow sticks. Glow-in-the-dark paints were also available for purchase, and Monster Energy samples were offered by a Monster Energy ambassador.
“Planning this event takes months of work,” Chouinard said.
He added that planning began as far back as the winter semester, when he first started reaching out to other organizations and Glo Hard.
“To pull off an event this big, allocations are crucial … so submitting allocation forms, meeting with sponsors and making a budget are very important,” he said. “I also had to make graphics for the event, event pages on social media and T-shirt designs.”
Samantha Justice, nursing junior, waited in line for over half an hour to get one of the event shirts.
“It’s nice that they give white T-shirts out,” she said. “With the paint and the black lights, the shirts look really great.”
Kayla Pia, a biochemistry sophomore, was happy to have a chance to hang out with friends before the start of the semester.
“I’m already stressing out about classes, so it’s nice to have time to have fun,” she said. “The music is great, and the foam is a lot of fun.”
Chouinard expressed gratitude toward the volunteers who helped set up and tear down, as well as those who sold paint during the event.
“This Saturday, I got to see the end result of all the hard work we have put in,” he said.