Stony Brook University’s Inter-Fraternity and Sorority Council hosted the inaugural “Aquaholics 2015” on Saturday, May 2, 2015 featuring booming music, water slides, volleyball and snacks. Photo by Janelle Clausen
By Janelle Clausen
It was quite the splash in front of Student Activities Center yesterday afternoon.
The spectacle, appropriately named “Aquaholics 2015,” brought dozens of students to booming music, water slides, volleyball and a healthy supply of snacks. Between racing down the slides and shooting each other with water guns, nobody emerged dry.
“Exams are approaching and everyone’s so stressed, so you want to do something stress relieving,” Roshni Sondhi, the vice president of the Inter-Fraternity and Sorority Council, said. The council organized the event.
“Everyone enjoys slip and slide and volleyball and throwing water at each other,” Sondhi added.
David Ruiz and Kelly Gomez, both students, were playing basketball before the event, but they heard the music and decided to investigate. They were soon soaked and cold from the breeze — but regretted nothing.
“It’s fun having events like this,” Ruiz, a drenched, psychology major, said. “They’re so simple, they’re very underrated, and very fun.”
Gomez, a health science major, said she was both cold and happy after the festivities, though neither variable outweighed the other.
“It’s just a way to de-stress,” Gomez said. “It just makes you feel like a kid again.”
The Inter-Fraternity and Sorority Council had been working throughout April to put something together that would “get everyone out there.” It was the first time the organization had done a water-based event, but they had other events like the Fall Frenzy, Greek Ball and Fraternity and Sorority night, which featured performances at the Staller Center.
Regina Kim, the group’s secretary and spearheader of Aquaholics 2015, wanted to build off the momentum of Roth Regatta, she said, to get people to stay over and enjoy the weekend. But it could have been bigger, she added.
“I’m graduating, so I wanted to have one last one where I could get a lot of people to come, but I’m a little bit disappointed,” Kim said. “But it’s okay! I had fun and the people that are here had fun too.”