Wednesday, June 03

Brookdale Newsroom

Students Celebrate at Spring Fling 2017
Two students hold up a bowl of fruit and pose beneath a balloon arch in a Lincroft campus parking lot.

To commemorate the hard work and achievements of Brookdale students during the 2016-2017 academic year, the Student Life Board hosted its annual Spring Fling week, a three day festival consisting of free food, games, music, movies and more from April 18-20 across the Lincroft campus.

To kick off the festivities, hundreds of students gathered in the visitor’s parking lot outside the BAC building to enjoy hand-crafted empanadas from the gourmet food truck “Empanada Guy,” refreshing acai and pitaya fruit bowls from “Playa Bowls,” and a variety of deliciously decadent treats including funnel cakes and fried Oreos.

Students also competed against one another in inflatable bounce games such as bungee racing, jousting, and a human-size version of the tabletop game “Hungry Hungry Hippos.” Vendors were on hand throughout the afternoon to provide custom temporary tattoos, potted bamboo plants, and name art, while Brookdale’s resident student mixmaster DJ Skillz led students in a parking lot dance off.

First-year business administration major Emily Abrecht said the Spring Fling kickoff was a fitting celebration of both the end of the school year and the approach of warmer weather.

“I’m having so much fun on this beautiful day,” she said. “I think it’s great for Brookdale to have an event like this and to celebrates everyone’s accomplishments at the end of the year.”

Students show off their karaoke skills during 2017 Spring Fling on April 20. Photo by Minh Connors.

Students show off their karaoke skills during 2017 Spring Fling on April 20. Photo by Minh Connors.

On the second day of the festival, students were shown a free screening of the critically acclaimed film “Lion,” along with free popcorn and refreshments in the Student Life Center.

To conclude the festival on April 20, students packed into the SLC for free subs, ice cream, custom-designed, airbrushed “trucker hats” and caricatures, and live karaoke. From Gwen Stefani to Backstreet Boys to Justin Bieber, students sang their hearts out on stage in front of a capacity crowd of friends and classmates.

Stephanie Koflin, a second-year international-relations major, sang Elton John’s “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” a moving performance that was met with wild applause.

“Spring Fling has been great,” Koflin said. “It really helped a lot us just blow off some steam before finals.”

Demi Vernikov, a speech pathology major and president of the Student Life Board, said Brookdale’s annual Spring Fling is all about celebrating students and recognizing their contributions to the college community each year.

“It’s really about winding down the year. We really want students to get out and be involved while getting their minds off of the stress of school,” Vernikov said. “Students deserve to have some fun for all they have put into their studies.”

Learn more about Brookdale’s Student Life Board here. 

Check out more photos from this year’s Spring Fling here.

– Article and photos by Minh Connors, college relations intern.