Music played in the corner as Associated Students Inc. students scurried about to bring a fun and an informative experience to students during the ASI Block Party at the Titan Student Union of Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine Campus.
Mariela Ortiz, 19, a psychology major, is a member of Irvine Campus’ ASI. “The block party is a great opportunity for students to get together and just relax,” she said. “A lot of fun, free activities.”
At the entrance of the TSU, there were multiple tables overflowing with information, handouts, candy and trinkets. One table in the back had a drawing for a chance to win free tickets to Disneyland or Universal Studios Hollywood.
On the other side of the room were bulletin boards and flyers for organizations such as the ASI LGBT/Queer Resource Center.
The LGBTQ Resource Center is designed to assist all CSUF students by connecting them to LGBTQ resources and broaden the understanding of LGBTQ issues.
Tasnim Elnaghrabi, 19, a child development major, is a member of ASI’s Street Team.
“Street Team does the bulletin boards and calls awareness to events that are going on in campus,” she said. “We also create events on campus and help students out when they want to get involved.”
Elnaghrabi said because CSUF has two campuses dominated by commuters, events such as the block party might be necessary to create a sense of unity among students.
“Having the block party on campus will allow students to interact with each other because this is a commuter campus, so a lot of people just come to school and then go to work or go straight home,” Elnaghrabi said. “There’s not really a social aspect to the campus, and having the block party on campus allows people to interact, network, also enjoy themselves.”
The activities were free, making the event a boon for students looking for a good time without breaking the bank.
“We’re promoting everything that the Recreation Center has to offer as well as the fitness center down here in Irvine,” said Scott MacLeod, membership and guest services coordinator for Student Recreation Center on the main campus. “It’s free for students at both the Fullerton Rec Center as well as the Irvine Rec Center.”
MacLeod had prepared to tell potential patrons the services that the SRC has to offer.
ASI will be hosting their Fullerton Campus Block Party on Sept. 20 in the TSU Garden Cafe. More information can be found at Asi.fullerton.edu.