SPB hosts ‘Good Vibes at the Golf Course’ for students to connect

By Amaris Edwards, Staff Reporter

Black lights illuminate the event space creating vivid and bold colors on clothing at the first-time-ever event. K’Von Jackson

Kicking off the fall semester, students enjoyed music, dancing and glow-in-the-dark mini golf at the “Good Vibes at the Golf Course” event.

Hosted by the Student Programming Board, “Good Vibes at the Golf Course” took place for the first time on the fifth floor of Columbia’s Student Center at 754 S. Wabash Ave. from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4.

The event also included Jory Holmes, a junior acting major, who DJed for the event as “J. Holmes,” giveaways and ways to connect with members of the Columbia community.

Jewel Baker, president of SPB, said “Good Vibes at the Golf Course” is an event for the entirety of the Columbia community.

“This is for everyone,” Baker said. “Of course, Welcome Weekend is always targeted to incoming students, but at this point, especially with SPB, we represent inclusion.”

Zach Bernstein, a senior film and television major, hands out neon orange wristbands to students waiting for mini golf. K’Von Jackson

Attendees were greeted by the SPB leadership board at a table with goodies such as SPB magnets, pin buttons and a pamphlet that included event details and information on SPB’s leadership board.

Before golfing, students had the chance to claim glow-in-the-dark bracelets and glasses with an additional visor matching the event’s theme.

Kimberly Vazquez, vice president of SPB, said the board always creates unique events.

“When it comes to ‘Good Vibes on the Golf Course,’ we wanted something that was fun … and then we also saw it as an opportunity for everyone to mingle,” Vazquez said.

The event partnered with Record-A-Hit Entertainment, which according to their website is “a full-service party rental equipment provider that specializes in entertaining young people at college and corporate events.” Baker said after the idea of mini golf came around, SPB was able to contact the company and ask if they had any mini golf courses for the event.

New and returning students line up for good vibes and a glow-in-the-dark golf experience. K’Von Jackson

The seven-hole golf course included glow-in-the-dark hues of greens, purples and pinks, which students draped under black lights.

Kaleb Rhyne, a first-year musical theatre major, used this opportunity to socialize.

“A lot of us are socializing, it’s kind of my favorite part,” Rhyne said. “Also meeting new people and kinda having fun with them at the same time and then the music of course.”

Vazquez said SPB saw the event as an opportunity to put themselves out there as well as inform students about the club in hopes they will be interested in joining.

Baker said SPB already has various events planned for the rest of the fall semester that students can learn about on the group’s Instagram.

“My goal for this year personally is just to bring as many people as we can for things that they’ve never seen,” Baker said. “Me being from Chicago, I want to allow students to see the full range of Chicago, so that’s like a little sneak peek for a future event.”