‘90s memories to come alive at ASI Block Party


Courtesy of Associated Students, Inc.

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

Rin Carbin

Associated Students, Inc. will take students on a blast to the past with its 10th annual Block Party, which will feature music hits from the ‘90s, friendship bracelets and classic Polaroid photos.

The ‘90s-themed block party, organized by ASI and the Residence Hall Association (RHA) as part of ASI Week will be held in the Residence Hall Quad on Sept. 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and is free for all students to attend.

The idea for a ‘90s-themed Block Party came about after ASI event organizers Allie Boyd and Sekina Ward realized that soon, many incoming students would be born after the 1990s.

Boyd and Sekina started developing ideas for activities and decorations for the event and were inspired by their own memories of growing up in the 1990s.

“I think the ‘90s is one of the most relevant eras for pretty much most students, even the non-traditional age students who aren’t born in the ‘90s,” Boyd said. “There’s a way for everyone to connect with that particular decade.”

Among the planned attractions are an inflatable 25-foot vertical climbing structure, reminiscent of the colorful, plastic playgrounds that children used to play on at fast food restaurants.

A crafts table will be set up for students to make friendship bracelets and bead keychains. There will also be an opportunity for students to print their own Polaroid photos, get airbrush tattoos and listen to a special ‘90s music playlist collected by KSSU Radio.

The party will feature neon-colored decorations and paper-link chains that were prominent in children’s birthday parties during the ‘90s. Campus clubs and organizations will be tabling at the event, and students can receive free T-shirts and food after they visit 10 tables.

RHA president Harrison Anderson said that the event is more than just fun and games, it is also a good way for new and returning students to get involved with the culture of campus life at Sac State.

“With the people off campus, it’s a great way to bring them on and have them experience a new culture that maybe they hadn’t known existed before,” Anderson said. “For the people who live on campus, especially the first years, who maybe are coming here without a support group or base, being able to come here and go to the block party — which is one of the big major events we have at the start of the semester — it really helps to make them meet new friends (and) meet new people, especially in a (Residence) Hall that they don’t live in.”

Corrina Hawkins, a freshman liberal studies major, said that she looked forward to the Block Party as a way to socialize with other students, especially those who live in the dorms like herself.

“I think it’s a good idea, because the barbecue got people out of the dorms and I met new people like that,” Hawkins said. “I’ve been to a few things ‘90s themed and they’ve always come out pretty cool.”

Ward hopes that students can be productive while also having fun by networking with other students and learning about campus resources to start the new school year.

“If you don’t come (to the block party), you’re missing out on one the most valuable experiences college can provide for you,” Ward said.