The chance to go on an adventure, explore creative outlets, be a part of a team, and, most importantly, the opportunity to be a part of the California Baptist University family, are available for CBU students this spring.
The Office of Community Life hosts special events, recreational sports and outdoor adventures each semester that allow students to connect with one another.
The first Rec Sports event will be a pingpong tournament held Jan. 30 at the CBU Recreation Center.
“It’s classic pingpong – singles and doubles,” said Eddie Muro, senior communication studies and leadership studies double major and Recreational Sports intern.
That same week will also host the Club Fair, Commuter Kickoff Lunch and Lunar Festival.
“The Club Fair is Jan. 31,” said Merea Price, Community Life program director. “Usually there are about 50 clubs that have booths. At the same time we are having a Commuters Kickoff Lunch, so the first 200 commuters that show up get a free Chick-fil-A lunch.”
The Lunar Festival will have boba, line dancing, sparklers and other international experiences.
The calendar for the spring semester is full of events that are CBU traditions, such as the CBU2K14 intramural basketball championship, the Lancer Cup intramural soccer championship, open mic nights, concerts and Woo Week.
Outdoor Adventure is hosting new trips such as snowshoeing, Rec Sports is adding wiffle ball and Special Events will be hosting a social justice run and prayer walk around campus.
“(Snowshoeing is) hiking, but in the snow and it’s very pretty. It’s a new experience and the trip is brand new,” said Jon McWhorter, director of Recreation Programs.
Outdoor Adventures will host events all semester, including backpacking, beach trips, camping, a Catalina trip over spring break and whitewater rafting.
Details about trips can be found in the CBU Recreation Guide.
“We want students to have a three-fold experience: connect with other students, try something new and be in God’s creation,” McWhorter said.
One of the biggest Community Life events new this year is Run-for-One.
“On April 9, we are doing Run-For-One, a campus-wide 5K glow-in-the-dark run,” Price said. “It’s an event to bring light on sex trafficking and human trafficking around the world. You don’t want to miss the Run-for-One. You can walk, too, and there have been 12 offices planning this event.”
Create was started last year to celebrate the creativity of students on campus.
Five hundred students attended last year, and Price said she hopes more students come this year.
“In April, we are launching our Create event, which is the celebration of creative people,” Price said. “There will be a photography competition, painting competition and live spoken word artists.”
Quidditch will be returning to campus for the second year.
“Everyone should do Quidditch because it’s hilarious and makes you laugh,” said Kaylea Ott, junior communication studies and public relations double major and a Recreational Sports intern.
Student input is taken into careful consideration when it comes to Community Life; that is one way new events are created.
The spring semester is full of dozens of opportunities to try new things with the help of the Office of