PVCC students enjoying themselves at the Spring Fling
Students at Piedmont Virginia Community College had a welcome break from studying Wednesday at the annual Spring Fling, complete with live music and a pie eating contest. Students say the event is more than just a fun break - it's an opportunity to bond that they don't normally get.
Students played a little ping pong, volleyball, and dunked their classmates in a dunk tank. Student Government Association (SGA) Vice President Mary Hedges says this year is bigger than ever.
"We have new games, a pie eating contest, cornhole contest, water balloons, stuff that we've never had before, so a lot of students out here,” said Hedges.
School staff says it helps take everyone's mind off of finals for a little while. "It's the end of the year, so kids are getting antsy about their exams, kids are uptight, so it's a great way to go into that final week and a half or two weeks of school,” said Steve McNerney, director of student activities at PVCC.
Students say the event also gives them an opportunity that usually isn't available at a commuter school. "The students here don't have as many opportunities to get together, so this is a chance for them to get to meet each other, to meet the faculty and staff who they otherwise wouldn't have a chance to interact with,” said Jonathan Dean, SGA events director.
Some students say events like this help them understand what's important. "You can have fun in life and still get your work done, so basically that's what it's teaching us, that's what PVCC is all about,” said Laquinn Gilmore, PVCC student.
Hedges is graduating and will be heading to UVA in the fall. She says the event wouldn't be complete without a proper goodbye. "There's an amount of humiliation that goes along with it. The college president just dunked me,” she said.
More than 900 students took part in the tradition Wednesday. All of the events are student-organized.