Tech celebrates with Spring Fling

File Photo by Emerald McIntyre/Louisiana Tech University

By Sara Howell-Floyd

Recently at Louisiana Tech, students and residents in the Lincoln Parish community received the chance to embrace their inner child at the Spring Fling, hosted by Louisiana Tech’s Union Board members.

This event included a wide range of activities including carnival food, tie dyeing, food trucks, 4 Paws puppies, inflatables, live music and a waterslide. 

Alejandro Aristizabal and Caroline Clifton were this year’s committee-heads of the event. Both said they feel like this event went well. Also considering the event was held on such a busy weekend, they were happy with the turnout of the event. 

“The event went extremely well,” Aristizabal said. “Many times, we see that UB shirts and other supplies run out, so part of our goal was to have enough for everyone going and we were able to do that.”

This year instead of just passing out shirts, UB decided to make it more customizable and allow each person to tie dye their own shirts. Clifton said that the tie dyeing was one of her favorite parts of the event and she was not the only one. Rebecca Quebedeaux, a Tech student, said that it was her favorite part too. 

“I would say tie dyeing was my favorite part because the shirt design was super cute and there were so many colors that we were able to use to dye the shirts,” Quebedeaux said. “I also loved how we were able to tie up our shirts anyway that we wanted.”

While the tie dyeing was a big hit, so were the inflatables, especially the waterslide. Aristizabal said that even some of the UB members got in on the fun and went down the waterslide to cool off during their breaks. Mason Youberg shared that the inflatables and waterslide were his favorite part. 

“I loved all the inflatable rides that were at Spring Fling,” Youberg said. “I especially liked the waterslide because it made me feel like a kid at a carnival again.”

This year, one of the ways UB tried to change things up was to offer live music. Clifton shared that while they had some small issues with sound check, everything worked out great in the end. Clifton and Aristizabal said they loved getting the chance to go out and find local talent to showcase at this event. 

“We wanted to showcase local talent as much as possible, and I think we accomplished that,” Aristizabal said. “Tech and Ruston have so much to offer in music, and we loved digging to find it.” 

Overall, Clifton and Aristizabal said they felt like this event was a success and it was all thanks to their fellow members and student body. 

“We want to thank everyone who came out to the event,” Aristizabal said. “We hope everyone had a great time and Union Board definitely wants to continue having events like this in the future, so be on the lookout.”


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