Before heading to the Events Center for the annual concert, the Binghamton University community spent the afternoon on the Peace Quad enjoying food, attractions and performances at this year’s Spring Fling.
Festivities began at 1 p.m., and doors at the concert, which was moved indoors because of campus construction projects, opened at 7 p.m. Timeflies, The Cataracs and Passion Pit performed.
Presented by the Student Association Programming Board, the theme of the day was “Show Me Your Passion,” inspired by the night’s headline performer. During the day, the Binghamton Crosbys, the Binghamton Ballroom Dance Association, Binghamton Stand-Up and other student groups also showcased their talent to campus.
Student groups tabled around the Peace Quad, offering prizes for participation in mini games and encouraging involvement from students in the years to come.
Also seen in front of the Couper Administration Building and in Dickinson Community were various free rides including the Sizzler, the Sidewinder and Boat Ride. Free novelties like the rock wall, sticky wall and airbrush tattoos were offered to a wide range of the students as well.
For Allyson Kritzer, a freshman majoring in bioengineering, this was her first Spring Fling.
“As a freshman, I completely underestimated Spring Fling,” Kritzer said. “I went down to the Peace Quad not expecting much, but after seeing all the rides and activities available, I realized I had completely underestimated this event. I had a lot of fun and I like how Binghamton offers this to students before the work of finals becomes overwhelming.”
Others like Rachel Appel enjoyed participating in the Spring Fling activities.
“I think it’s a great way to get the campus out and interacting. I wish we had more similar events throughout the year,” said Appel, a sophomore double-majoring in management and political science.
Denise Erani, a sophomore majoring in art history, enjoyed the free aspect of Spring Fling.
“What could be better than walking around on a beautiful day collecting free stuff?” Erani said.
— Davina Bhandari