WEB Closes Out Semester With All-Night Rager

As the semester drags on to its laborious and exacting end, students need a something to disassociate from it and enjoy themselves.

WEB provided that and so much more with its first ever Lock-In event on Saturday April 28 at 7 p.m through Sunday April 29, 7 a.m. The 12 hour event, riddled with a variety of entertainment and fun filled activities, may have been steep for some people.

“I think that the event was really fun,” said WEB’s Weekend and Community Co-chair Kelsey Young who organized and planned the event. “I know that when I decided to have the event people thought that is was a little crazy and that it wouldn’t work but I think everyone that came had a good time and I hope that we do it again.”

The idea for the Lock-In came to Young having attended a Tier One retreat and she wanted to create something for students to have fun and meet new people.

“I got to talk to a student who came here by himself and he didn’t know anyone,” said Young on her favourite part of the Lock-In “When I saw him by 2 a.m. he had made friends with this giant group of people and he was like ‘Oh we are all going out to breakfast after this is over’”

The event kicked off with a heap of virtual reality and rec room games including laser tag, pinball, foosball, air hockey, and mini-golf.

Every aspect of the night into the wee hours of the next morning were geared at providing students and their guest with a space to converse, make connections, and have fun.

“My favourite part of the event was that everyone came together and had fun with each other,” said student William A. Astudillo. “The lock-in had different hours so I could socialize and meet new people.”

“My favourite part of the event was while DJ-ing and seeing people dancing,” said student Nicholas Singh, but not everything was to his liking, however. “I am not a fan of Chipotle so the food wasn’t as great.”

Event goers could indulge their palate and keep their energy up with a range of food from Chipotle to sugar-filled snacks, candies, crepes, soda, and coffee to help them stay awake.

“Well right now I am on my second monster and I am eating a fruit roll up, so all this  sugar consumption is what is going to help me stay up,” said WEB member Christine Fils-Aime when asked at 2:50 a.m. on Sunday.

There was the added bonus of having other forms of entertainment which included slam poetry from the Mayhem Poets.

“The Mayhem poets are so talented and I love how they turn their stories into poems,” said Fils-Aime. “One of them wasn’t here so they brought Carey [who is an amputee] along. It’s nice to see someone who doesn’t let their disabilities affect their performance.”

For those who attended the event there were plenty of souvenirs to take home to remember the big event. Items such as “WEB Lock-in” T-shirts which could be designed via professional spray painters, customized license plates, and a characticher portrait.

Many students and those who helped coordinate the event undoubtedly ended up rather sleep deprived, but the experience was worthwhile.

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