Katelynn Singleton, Campus Carrier staff writer
Berry’s KCAB has had to change their plan for the year in order to create activities for students that adhere to CDC guidelines for COVID-19. The restrictions for the activities mostly follow restrictions set by the Georgia governor, specifically having no large group gatherings over 50 people in an indoor setting. Each week KCAB spends many hours planning and organizing various activities for students to participate in on campus.
From smaller activities such as Bingo Nights to larger events like Marthapalooza, students are invited to come hang out with friends and enjoy lots of free snacks, prizes and giveaways. Amidst the restrictions of COVID-19, the group of students that compose KCAB has had to be even more creative in order to instill an environment of unity on a campus.
Dasha Schaaf works with KCAB. She said that the KCAB spends approximately 20 hours per week organizing events and brainstorming for future functions. Although the pandemic has made it more difficult for KCAB to plan social events that follow social distancing guidelines, they have remained positive.
“I think in some ways adjusting to the virus has made brainstorming events a little difficult, but I would say it’s actually caused us to get more creative with our events,” Schaaf said. “For example, when we are in one of our brainstorming meetings, we’ll throw an event up on the board and then spend some time thinking ‘what can we do to take this to the next level?’.”
A constant challenge KCAB faces is trying to bring exciting and new activities to both incoming and returning students. Freshman Sarah Wright said that she has attended almost all of the student events on campus, and her favorite activity has been the Koffee House Craft Night, in which students had the opportunity to mingle on the Krannert lawn with free snacks, live music and a number of canvases and picture frames for painting.
On Sept. 4, KCAB hosted an event called as “Martha and Buster’s” which was their take on the fun, arcade themed restaurant Dave and Buster’s. From 8 to 11 p.m., students were invited to come play arcade games such as ski-ball and Pac-Man, and they even had an X-Box assembled for anyone to play, all in the Krannert ballroom, along with a Kona Ice-truck. Some upcoming events that the KCAB is hosting include a Luau Night, a 90’s themed pizza party called “Slice Slice Baby,” and possibly some holiday themed events in the near future.
KCAB will continue to work and provide events for students that does not comprise safety and excitement. Both Wright and Schaaf look forward to the upcoming events that KCAB plans to hold. For continued updates on their events, check out the KCAB page on Berry Connect as well as the Instagram page @kcabatberry. Most of their events require students to signup prior to the event.