By: Ana Gonzalez
Online Section Writer
Home game weekends are exciting on UGA’s campus. This past Friday, however, the festivities started a bit earlier. The University Union once again transformed Tate Grand Hall into a skating rink from the ‘80s for the annual Skate in Tate event. This was the fifth year that the student body was invited to strap on some wheels and relive their childhood for a night.
The turnout for the event was tremendous, as first year cell biology major Heath Aston from Marietta, Georgia can attest to. He was manning the waiver table just outside the hall, where he directed students to sign necessary documents before proceeding into the venue. “Seeing the number of people show up was pretty cool,” he said. “We had like over 700 people show up.”
Anxious skaters waited in a line long enough to lead out of the Grand Hall and snake around the side of the room for their skates. Attendees then awaited their turn out on the floor, with rounds of about 40 students permitted on the floor every 20 minutes. Amanda Werth, a senior marketing and international business major from Milton, Georgia was present to direct the skaters. “(My position) working line control gave me the opportunity to interact with people waiting to get inside and hear about how excited they are to be there,” she said. “It’s always fun to see how excited people are once they walk in the doors.”
The décor for this year’s bash consisted of bright colors, a pretzel stand, arcade games and a disco ball to the side of the skating floor. The music was upbeat, a mix of throwbacks and today’s hits. The atmosphere was energetic and bright, with some students dancing with friends in line with smiles on their faces. According to freshman journalism major Willie Daniely from Atlanta, who skated at the event, the function was a success. “I think that the event was a really cool and nicely executed,” he said. “These events are a really good way to meet other people and bond as a university.”
The director of the event, sophomore genetics major Ariane Wong from Marietta, was pleased by how Skate in Tate went. “I love being able to see students come out and enjoy themselves,” she said. “The fact that they could be having the most stressful test week but are still able to relax and take their mind off of school for an hour or two at a Union event gives me motivation to plan these fun events.”
Students help plan University Union events by attending meetings and sharing ideas about what they would like to see on campus. Werth, who is also the head of the organization’s entertainment committee, says the process is always challenging. Members must brainstorm a variety of events that appeal to a diverse group of people. She says, however, that the process is worth it. “My favorite thing is when my peers come up to me and thank me for putting an event on,” says Werth. “It helps us know that we are on the right track!”