First Year Experience held a costume contest on Oct. 31 as part of the Halloween celebration in an attempt to increase student involvement at California State University, Bakersfield.The costume contest was held at 1:30 p.m. and students could win prizes if they were the third, second or first place winners.
“We want our incoming freshman to get involved as much as possible. So the Halloween events are for student involvement,” said Jesus Calderon data tracking specialist at First Year Experience.
The contest was targeted towards freshman. However, other students from CSUB could participate.
Along with the costume contest students could enjoy food and drinks but also participate in many other activities such as a scavenger hunt, beanbag tossing and a game where you guess how much candy is in a jar. The winner who guessed the number correctly received a prize.
About 20 students participated in the costume contest with costumes ranging from zombies to a construction worker. Among the 20 contestants, there were three chosen winners.
The judges had to be chosen from different departments so that there wouldn’t be any bias. With great costumes to choose from the four judges J.R. Perez, Steven Walsh, Raine Brinsfield and Miguel Cuate had a tough decision on who would be the winners.
“We narrowed it down to the top three. This was a lot better then last years Halloween,” said J.R. Perez when he announced the winners. Third place was freshman Avery Clark, who dressed as a zombie. Second place went to freshman Jack Redstone dressed as Sora from Kingdom Hearts. First place was freshman Kelly Aragon dressed as Lady Loki from the Marvel Universe.
Kelly, who was encouraged to participate in the costume contest by her teacher, spent two weeks working on her costume, said she enjoyed these types of events at CSUB.
“I think these events at CSUB are really fun, I’ve been to volleyball games and letter day, but this was the first party type thing,” said Aragon.
With First Year Experience getting students more involved in campus activities, students at CSUB can expect more events in the future.
“The events are for incoming freshman, so that they can get involved and come in and use are services and feel free to use are services. The events are so they can get more involved,” said Calderon.