BY Nubia Reyna | THE RIDER
More than 460 Texas Southmost College and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students attended last Wednesday’s Late Nite at the REC, the first ever on the Brownsville campus.
The event came from a collaboration between UTRGV and TSC, which is adjacent to the university.
As you walked through the door, you saw a long line of students waiting to receive their bracelet to enter the event.
On the left side, Omega Sound cheered students with its colorful lights and loud music to set up a partylike atmosphere.
As you walked to the right side, students played on the inflatable games and participated in sports and videogame competitions. Prizes ranged from candies to T-shirts.
Refreshments were available at the pool area, where students played games in the water as lifeguards stood watch.
“For this night, [I expected] students to relax and have fun,” said Raul Cano, TSC Recreation Center coordinator.
Cano said he wants students to know what the REC Center has to offer.
“[The event] is for students to get to know what is going on here at the REC Center,” he said. “The fitness classes, intramural events, the pool, all the services that we offer here for students.”
Cristina Rodriguez, UREC marketing and member services coordinator, said both institutions began planning the event since last April.
“We kind of started the tradition, every fall semester, second week of school, we are going to have this event,” Rodriguez said. “It is very enjoyable. … Stay active, stay energetic, but also socialize.”
TSC student Lucero Puente attended the event.
“It was awesome,” Puente said. “It was a great night.”
A similar event took place on the Edinburg campus last Thursday.