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By Martha Robles
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – The Camden County College Blackwood campus hosted its Spring Fling on April 23.

All activities, food and entertainment were paid for by the Department of Student Life and Activities and planned by Assistant Dean for Student Development and Support Jackie Tenuto.

“I like to plan the Spring Fling for the end of April, closer to the end of the semester,” Tenuto said.

This year’s theme featured the school’s mascot, the cougar, riding a wave. The same graphic that was printed on event flyers was printed on T-shirts that were given out for free to all attending.

Aside from receiving free T-shirts, all attendees were able to enjoy free food, music by DJ Randy Smooth and other fun activities.

The food was prepared and served by Sodexo, the company that runs the school’s Connector Cafe. The menu’s options included hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecued chicken sandwiches, pasta salad and side choices.

“The food is actually really good. The pasta and cookies were my favorite,” said Janice Ortiz, a CCC student who was attending Spring Fling for the first time. “I heard about Spring Fling through one of my professors and decided to come out.”

Adding to the fun was music by DJ Randy Smooth, who has been providing music for the event for 16 years. He played mostly throwbacks and what can be considered as classic party songs like “The Cha-Cha Slide” and “Wobble Baby,” both of which got Cougar the mascot and some students to dance.

“My favorite part is the music,” said Desiree Colón, another student who was attending for the first time.

While some students enjoyed the music and food, others enjoyed the various inflatables and activities. This year’s Spring Fling had three inflatables – a maze, a football throw game and a basketball free throw game. Attendees were also able to play volleyball games and a giant game of yard pong. The volleyball games were a student favorite and drew both experienced and first-time players.

“I think the Spring Fling is something for students to look forward to besides finals and just a way to celebrate the end of the semester,” said Tenuto.

“This is my first time coming mostly ’cause other spring semesters I’ve been in class but I’m having fun,” said student Charles Solly.

Aside from the activities, 67 vendors and organizations from inside and outside of CCC were available to provide attendees with information about them. Some of the school organizations present were the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society, the Volleyball Club and the Nutrition and Dietetics Club.

Some of the outside vendors like Topgolf were exchanging email addresses for a chance to spin a wheel and win a prize. A student favorite was Mr. Softee, who was giving out free ice cream.

“It was my first time coming but I had fun and regret not being able to come last spring semester,” said Darwin Sandoval about his first experience at Spring Fling.

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From right to left, Kendra Bannah, Michaela Knoll, Jenna Mascola, Desiree Colón and Janice Ortiz enjoy lunch while listening to music by DJ Randy Smooth at Spring Fling. By Martha Robles, CCC Journalism Program

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