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Spring Fling Serves Up a Blast from the Past

From tie-dye and folk rock to disco, karaoke and arcade games, this year’s Spring Fling was truly a festival for the ages. Beginning on April 28 with a 60’s rock party on the Student Life Center patio, the annual student-run event featured a wide range of food, prizes, games and live entertainment.

Donned in “peace sign” sunglasses and braided headbands, attendees were able to create a personalized tie-dyed shirt while rocking out to musicians from Brookdale’s Music Connection Club. Later, student athletes were given the added privilege of being able to throw pies in the faces of their favorite coaches.

On April 29 the BREC auditorium was transformed into a 70’s disco roller-party, as bell-bottomed students skated to the music of the Bee Gees, Marvin Gaye and Gloria Gaynor, among others.

Jill Donovan, Layla Taqi and Lauren Brutsman show off their 80's attire during Spring Fling 2015.

Jill Donovan, Layla Taqi and Lauren Brutsman show off their 80’s attire during Spring Fling 2015.

The festival concluded on April 30 with an 80’s extravaganza, featuring arcade games, foosball and live karaoke in the SLC.

As if that weren’t enough, the Brookdale Student Life Board (SLB) also brought in a special guest host for the event: Dennis Haskins, better known as Mr. Belding from TV’s “Saved by the Bell.”

Haskins joined students in signing a wide range of 80’s hits in between signing autographs and posing for photos.

“It was so much fun,” said student Matt Gutch. “I honestly wasn’t expecting there to be so much going on. It was a great way to forget about classwork for a while and just have a good time.”

That’s just the idea behind Spring Fling, said SLB secretary Layla Taqi. The event, organized each year by the SLB in partnership with the Office of Student Life and Activities, is designed to give students a fun, relaxing break after a year of hard work.

“From September to May, we all have so much on our plates,” said Taqi. “Now we have this nice weather, it’s the end of the semester and graduation is right around the corner. So we have a lot to celebrate.”

Learn more about the Student Life Board here.

Check out more photos of Spring Fling 2015 here.