Students can look out for a pair of events Wednesday and Thursday as Associated Students Inc. is set to host its Cookout and Block Party.
The ASI Cookout, which will go from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the central Quad, will feature food as well as information on voter registration and the scholarships ASI offers.
“With the huge primary elections coming up this fall, that’s something we really want students to be knowledgeable on. We really want them to know what they’re voting for and what are the things that may be coming up in the future,” said Josue Rodriguez, chief communications officer.
Students will have the opportunity to register to vote at the event.
With the Oct. 15 ASI scholarships deadline approaching, ASI executives are making a big push to advertise the different scholarships they have available.
“We have a ton of different scholarships that students can apply for, so we want to make sure that we get as many applicants as possible,” said Kayla Coriaty, chief governmental officer.
“The scholarship committee is coming up with more targeted scholarships, specific ones that not that many people apply for,” Rodriguez added. Among others, Rodriguez mentioned scholarships for adult re-entry students and students who have kids or are intramural athletes.
The festivities will carry over to the evening, when ASI will host its first night student outreach event.
“It’s going to be a table on Titan Walk where we’re going to be promoting the different resources that are available for students at night, but again we’re also putting in the voter registration as well,” Rodriguez said.
ASI President Dwayne Mason Jr. said he wants to make sure all students are reached, not just the students on campus between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Thursday, the carnival-themed ASI Block Party will commence with an array of games, food and booths showcasing all individual programs the student organization has to offer.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of and around the Titan Student Union, students can “get familiar with ASI and their student leaders, get some free stuff, hang out and have a good time,” Coriaty said.
This semester’s event will mark a departure from past Block Party events in a number of ways.
The event will not only snake in front of the TSU and around the Becker Amphitheater, but will also expand over to the front of the Student Recreation Center, Rodriguez said.
“Generally, we’ve had all the ASI programs stacked right next to each other, and all of the other vendors are right next to each other. We’re going to switch that up this year trying to make it more like a carnival. There’s going to be one program here, and then maybe one at the other services like Disneyland is going to be right next to the program, and then next to them is a game that they can play, and then next to them is some food that they can get,” he added.
ASI will offer something to students Thursday night as well.
“We’re going to be having a hypnotist at 5 p.m. at the Becker Amphitheater, and then after that they can go down to the Garden Café and get some free food that we’re going to be offering. There will also be all of our services that we offer downstairs in the Titan Student Union, like free bowling and billiards,” Rodriguez said.
A semester-long goal for the ASI executives is to let students know they are all a part of ASI.
“Even if you don’t have time to necessarily join the clubs that we offer, if you just come to the TSU to study, you’re benefiting from the ASI,”Mason said.