Hey friends! My name is Bill Nye… jk lol, my real name is Tray’von Norwood and I am an Assisstant Director for Traditions and Community. You may be wondering “what is that and what do you do?” Well I’ll tell you. RUPA’s Traditions and Community, otherwise known as T&C, is in charge of planning the large annual events that make Rutgers unique from every other college. This past week I had the honor of being Event Lead for Party at The Puddle, which is held on Cook Douglass campus at, you guessed it, Passion Puddle. With big events like these there are a lot of steps to keep in mind when planning. So the first thing we did was pick a theme, this year we were stuck between a water/ beach theme and the field day/picnic theme, which obviously won. After deciding a winner we then start talking logistics, such as: food, decoration, activities, volunteers and stuff like that.
For the food we wanted to stick to our theme while not making it too complicated so we chose hot dogs and hamburgers and then contacted vendors. For decorations we aimed to get something simple that encouraged students to interact with others. Activities were all chosen based off college and childhood games that are and were popular like kan jam, tug-a-war, corn hole, life-sized pong and more.