By RICHARD SISSON
Tech students, some by accident, followed their feet to Centennial
Plaza to find that Fall Fling had
indeed been flung Sept. 19.
Matt Bean, head of the committee for Union Board’s Fall
Fling committee and a junior in biomedical engineering , said the event was an
opportunity to welcome students back to Tech and provide a moment’s respite
from the busy days ahead.
“It’s only the third week of classes. You’re just
starting to get into some work. [Fall Fling] is just something fun. Relax, have
a burger or hot dog, whatever,” Bean said.
Among the several students in attendance was Jeff
Moseley, a senior chemical engineering major, who said his expectations were
“[There’s] free food, fun, and lots of inflatable things
to jump on,” Moseley said.
Moseley also said the best part of Fall Fling was
watching people fall off the mechanical bull.
Erin Sigh, a freshman biology
major, and Jenny Dismukes, a freshman nursing major,
both enjoyed the free watermelon wedges available.
“There’s free everything, but [the watermelon] is a
little messy,” Dismukes said, between bites.
Sigh said she did not know what to expect but was excited
to see the mechanical bull. She got her chance to see it later when her friend Dismukes mounted the contraption and lasted 34 seconds upon
the beast before being tossed onto the inflatable ring surrounding it.
The mechanical bull was only one of several attractions
available to students at Fall Fling.
An inflatable obstacle course, posters for sale and free
tie-dye T-shirts were featured in Centennial Plaza. Also featured was a rock
wall for students to climb, nearly rivaling the clock tower in size.
Some students, such as Joshua Ulrich, a
sophomore photography major, stumbled upon Fall Fling by accident.
“Is this Fall Fling? It’s pretty awesome. I didn’t even
know it was going on,” Ulrich said.
Ulrich was delighted with the events but felt it could
use one slight improvement.
“Maybe have an area where people get to play in the
sprinklers? Like a swimsuit sprinkler party,” Ulrich said.
Daniel Flowers, co-head for the committee for Union
Board’s Fall Fling and a sophomore biology major, went
better than expected.
“This is only the second one we’ve done. [Last year] was
an all-organization fair. This year we tried to make it more like Spring Fling.
“It did very well. It was pretty packed most of the day,”
Flowers said the planning for Fall Fling had been going
on since the end of May and to see the results of the committee’s work was
“I think it was a huge success. I know we did better than
I thought we would. I was expecting about the same crowd for last Spring Fling
and we had a whole lot more,” Flowers said.
Students can look forward to Spring Fling in a few months
as the Union Board committee has already begun preparing for the event.