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Concert, block party end year on high note

Concert, block party end year on high noteBlock Party

By Elizabeth Gagne, Copy Editor

Inflatables, food and music were just part of the action taking place before the Sean Kingston and Yung Joc concert on April 24.

Housing and Residence Life, Residence Hall Association and Student Leadership and Involvement hosted the block party that kicked off the spring concert.

According to Mike Severy, director of Student Involvement and Leadership, 556 people attended the concert.

The block party started at 5 p.m. and lasted until 8 p.m.

Attendees consisted of students, faculty, staff and the community.

Housing planned for roughly 500 people to attend the block party but Elizabeth Menzel, community director for Cypress Hall and coordinator for the block party, believed that they exceeded that limit.

“I am extremely pleased with the turn out of this event. With big events like this, you have trepidation about whether or not people will show up and it has exceeded our expectations and we are extremely proud of that.

“We are also excited to be the prelude for the concert,” said Cynthia Redfearn, the associate director of Residence Life.

Interactive Playgrounds provided the inflatables and the rock wall. Inflatables included the Big Baller, Twister, Cliff Jump and the Wild One.

“This is one of the best things UNCP has had in a while,” said Melanie LeBeau, a psychology major at UNCP.

Caricatures, face painting and tie-dyeing were also available for people to do.

Other activities at the event were corn-hole, test your strength, a photo booth and wacky races, which were attempted on pogo sticks and miniature bikes.

Popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones were some of the options for food.

The Flavapalooza food truck was also present at the block party.

Sydney Powell, a student at UNCP, said that the block party was amazing.

“It’s nice to have a break from classes and preparing for upcoming exams. I think it is wonderful to have students and peers come together without drama and have a good time,” Powell said.

DJ K-Smooth provided the music for the event.

Members of the UNCP Hip Hop Team and Phi Beta Sigma could be seen dancing in the crowds throughout the evening. Many fraternities and sororities joined in as well.

Phi Beta Sigma could also be seen strolling.

“This block party was a great way to mix the community and students to create a stronger bond,”  Greyson Myers, a freshman, said.

For the children that attended, they were able to get bags of candy at different activities such as the wacky races and the inflatable Twister game.

“It is my first time at an event like this and it is fun, especially having my kids with me.

“I wish there was a little bit more for them to do, but it’s still fun for my kids and for me to get pictures of them,” Avia Covington, a member of the community, said.

Community and Civic Engagement, Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services had tables set up where attendees could pick up freebies.

Menzel said that the planning process for the event took about a month to finalize.

“As long as UNCP decides to host a concert every year then we [Housing and Residence Life] plan to host a block party to accompany it,” said Menzel.

Photo by Elizabeth Gagne. Students, faculty, staff and the community enjoy the activities present at the block party on April 24.