High-flying block party closes out ASI’s weeklong celebration

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Courtesy of Associated Students, Inc.

Two students zip line through the Residence Hall squad at the ASI Block Party, Sept. 17, 2015.

Sharlene Phou

Associated Students, Inc. will throw its annual Block Party on Sept. 15 at the Residence Hall quad, which is set to welcome new and returning students to explore the numerous campus programs and interact with other ASI members.

ASI Block Party is a free event open to the campus from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Caricature and airbrush artists will be at the party to draw portraits and tattoos. Sac State alumnus Chase Johnson, also known as DJ Chase Me, will entertain the crowd with EDM music.

Alex Wagner, ASI special events coordinator and a junior studying psychology, said this is the first year that ASI has both the 28-foot-tall zip line and a rock climbing wall together at the same event on campus.

“This time we’re going to have a rock wall and a zip line, whereas last year we had different activities, but they were smaller scale,” Wagner said.

This year’s party theme will be “Fun in the Sun” and the quad will be decorated with beach balls and palm tree-shaped balloons. The Dining Commons will grill hot dogs, while local food trucks La Mex Taqueria and Local Kine Shave Ice will be on site to serve hungry partygoers.

ASI President Patrick Dorsey said that the party would be a great opportunity for students to engage with the campus community.

“If they’re first years or they’re transfer students, they’re new to campus,” Dorsey said. “It’s an opportunity to meet new people, to learn about ASI and how [they] can get involved.”

Guests will be given a “passport card” upon arrival, and the goal is to fill up 10 empty spaces with stamps from organizations like the ASI government office and OneCard. Once they complete the task, they will be rewarded with an official Block Party 2016 T-shirt or a free meal ticket to be used at any food truck on site.

“Our goal is to make sure that our voice is heard on campus and to ensure that students are aware of how ASI is here to make their lives easier on campus,” said Allie Boyd, program assistant of ASI and a graduate student in communication studies.
The ASI Block Party sets to open from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Residence Hall quad and will be the last event of ASI Week, which is a four-day celebration meant to get students familiarized with the campus and with other free programs that ASI provides to all Sac State students.