For the second consecutive year, SVSU students were welcomed back to campus with the Glo-Hard Paint & Foam Party on Saturday, Aug. 25.
The party took place in the parking lot between the Fine Arts Studio and Living Center Southwest and saw over 800 attendees.
“The Glo-Hard Party had such a good turnout and was so much fun for all incoming freshmen and every other age,” said Tessa Graham, a management sophomore.
Alpha Kappa Lambda (AKL), Program Board, Student Association (SA), Student Life and Peer Health Education (PHE) all partnered to make Glo-Hard possible. Student Life helped facilitate and fund the party, with SA and Program Board providing financial support. AKL planned and organized the event.
“We really wanted to provide a unique and fun event for students to attend on Welcome Weekend,” said Gabe Kasper, the AKL president. “(It’s) something they can really get excited for.”
Students danced in showering paint and were blasted with foam as various DJs from around Michigan set the mood for the evening’s party. The first 200 attendees received a free t-shirt, while all attendees were eligible to win prizes if they completed a survey facilitated by PHE related to party safety.
“I went to the Glo-Hard Paint Party and had a great time,” said Olivia Lipskey, a criminal justice sophomore. “I can’t wait to go back next year.”
PHE handled the education component of the event. The group focused on informing students about drink sizes and the importance of keeping track of their blood alcohol content. When students entered the party, they were given a wristband with a URL on it that them to a Google Form that asked students a series of questions about substance abuse. The responses were linked to student ID numbers, and a handful of prizes were awarded to participants.
PHE’s Substances Coordinator Brittany Fox stepped on the stage to explain the process as part of the party.
“It is important to have an education component to an event like this because students need to understand that alcohol can be dangerous if you are not educated,” said Cierra Hessbrook, PHE wellness coordinator.
After the new event was a smash hit in 2017 with over 700 attendees, AKL took extra precautions to ensure the safety of the party’s attendees this year.
“We added some extra University Police presence, and the security guards hired by Glo-Hard are some of the best in the business,” Kasper said “We just wanted to make sure that everyone there was making smart choices and having a good time.”
In addition to PHE’s education component, SA President Caitlin Coulter spoke about 40 minutes into the party to raise awareness of the Association and what it does on campus.