Students Kick Off the Year at Fall Fest 2014

by Kayla Johnston ’16

Students of all ages, from first-week freshmen to fourth-year seniors, made their way to Trinity Lawn on Friday, September 5, to kick-off the semester at Azusa Pacific University’s annual Fall Fest.

Students, staff, faculty, and families were invited to the event, organized by the Office of Communiversity, and had the option to purchase dinner, visit vendor booths, and stick around for music by a variety of local bands. Trinity Hall Resident Advisor Crystal Reed ’16 brought several of her freshman residents to the event, with the intent of kicking off the fall together as a hall. “I love that there is a big event at the end of [New Student Orientation] to bring everyone together for a relaxing night at the end of a busy week. Especially for freshmen and transfer students who are just getting to know people, Fall Fest creates an opportunity for them to make friends in a casual setting,” Reed said. Dinner, provided by APU’s Dining Services, was available for purchase or as part of a dining plan. Chicken, rice, vegetables, and pasta salad crowded the tables as staff and students alike passed through, grabbing their food before moving to the lawn for a show. Zac Reinke ‘16, a commercial music and audio recoding major, performed alongside his band, the Zac Reinke Band, starting the show with a blend of four original songs and cover songs from artists like Ben Rector and OneRepublic. Propaganda, a Los Angeles-based spoken word hip-hop artist, followed Reinke with a performance that left the crowd of more than 100 people pumping their fists and singing along. Wrapping up the night, The Show Ponies, a five-person bluegrass folk band, shifted the sound of the event as they performed songs from their new EP. The emcee of the night, Reese Hopper of Communiversity, kept the crowd entertained between sets with T-shirt giveaways and photo contests. Groups had their picture taken in a prop-filled photo booth for the chance to win items from the bands’ merchandise booths. For those who wanted to step away from the music, vendors of all kinds lined the street next to Trinity Lawn, offering fee snacks and selling products. Among these was Triad Fitness Center, which offered students a discounted gym membership along with a voucher for one free workout. Additionally, Barnabas Clothing Co., an APU favorite, sold discounted summer merchandise as well as clothing from their new fall line. Coolhaus ice cream, a dessert hotspot with local shops in Los Angeles and Pasadena, sent a gourmet food truck stocked full of its signature ice cream sandwiches. Flavors ranged from oatmeal cookie with baked apple ice cream to snickerdoodle filled with a salted caramel ice cream center, and were available free of charge for everyone at the event. The sandwiches, which have become something students look forward to each year, are served with an edible wrapper bearing the “I heart APU” logo. Abbey Mast ’16 attended the event with her roommates and "loved the chance to catch up with friends who haven't seen each other since last semester, hanging out and listening to good music, but my favorite part was by far the ice cream sandwiches." Watch for more campus events coming up this semester. Visit the APU calendar or download the APU Mobile app.