Valencia’s Welcome Back BBQ is a staple that marks the beginning of each new year at the college. This past Thursday, the West campus hosted the event with a turn out of more than 100 students.
As soon as Fall semester began, news of the event traveled around the campus. Some were warned of the impending frenzy and others just happened upon the scene, by chance.
“I was just about to get some lunch, then I heard some music and I figured they were doing something spectacular,” sophomore, Anthony Alicea said.
Student, Von Jennings heard of the BBQ through his Atlas email account and “I think one of the maintenance men told me about it last week,” he said.
SGA organizes Welcome Back Day, every year, but this time around Juliana Montoya is serving as president of the club. She help set the BBQ into motion.
As far as activities go, Premed student, Manvella Pope, had her silhouette drawn and quickly cut out by artist, Susan and also received a free sign plate from another of the vendors.
Along with the many booths encouraging students to register to vote and dishing out body art, there were also tables spreading the word on different clubs and organizations.
Pope said “I like that there are other groups here, like HERO for humans rights.”
For the upcoming Consitution Day, Valencia will have a treasure hunt, with a brand new Kindle as first place prize. The goal, here, is for students to become familiar with the West campus while learning more about the details of the U.S. Constitution, Montoya said.
Previously published in the Valencia Voice