January 17, 2017
Students hit the ice Wednesday evening at the PPG Place seasonal outdoor rink for a free event hosted by the Campus Activity Board (CAB).
Because of inclement weather, the event was rescheduled to one week later, to be held Wednesday, Jan. 18.
Junior sports, arts and entertainment management (SAEM) major Kristi Chenarides planned the event as an opportunity for students to get outside despite winter weather.
Chenarides is part of CAB’s Experience Pittsburgh Committee that focuses on giving students the opportunity to take part in activities that expose the city they are living in.
“It really lets people see what the city may be like,” Chenarides said. “It gives them a chance to explore what’s around them.”
The Experience Pittsburgh Committee has planned similar events in the past including the Yinzer Party, Paint the City and the campus farmers market. Chenarides said she joined CAB to see what her potential career may be like.
“I’m really getting experience in planning events and getting feedback from attendees,” Chenarides said. “It feels great to know that I am making a difference in someone’s college experience. We want to make students at other schools jealous they don’t go to Point Park.”
CAB funded 80 students to skate from 6-9:30 p.m. based on the number of students who attended the previous year.
Most students seemed to have known about the event through CAB’s regular “social scoop” emails.
Sophomore costume design major Jeremy Eiben said he wishes there were even more events.
“I see CAB’s plans all the time through my Point Park email and Facebook,” Eiben said. “I came because I used to work here and it’s just fun.”
Freshman Morgan Sealy agreed.
“It’s my first semester here, and I was surprised at how many events were posted for just one week,” she said.
Freshman Zoe Baltimore also saw the social scoop announcement and attended.
“I’ve skated here once before when my floor planned an event and it was a great time,” she said.
Senior SAEM major Louis Spanos, vice president of programming, said that CAB is looking forward to more fun events this semester.
“In general, we want to improve on the visual aspect of our events,” Spanos said. “We are doing things like Point Park After Dark with neon mini golf and badminton. It’s trippy and fun to look at. We want to do more like that.”
Due to rain, not many were able to attend ice skating. PPG is offering another chance for CAB to host an additional group of students on Jan. 18 from 6-9:30 p.m.
Sophomore multimedia major Emily Yurchison has enjoyed skating since she was a kid, and said she would enjoy the opportunity for free skating.
“I have a 6-9 class Wednesday, but if I had the time, I would definitely consider going,” Yurchison said in a phone interview Jan. 16.
Yurchison, who has skated at PPG several times before, recalled a particular memory from the rink, when a friend fell on the ice, narrowly avoiding injury.
“She hurt her back, but was alright, but it ended up being pretty funny,” Yurchison said.
Free passes and skate rentals will be available to the first 60 students in Lawrence Hall lobby.
Chenarides encourages students to let CAB know their thoughts and suggestions for events they host.
“We are always asking for feedback through social media on Twitter and Facebook,” Chenarides said. “An event is successful if just one person has fun.”
Additional reporting contributed by Eddie Trizzino.