Loras Parkway lights up for Loras after Dark

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The annual Loras After Dark event took place on the evening of Friday, Sept. 15, complete with free food, yard games, and even its own Snapchat filter. The event was sponsored and planned by CAB. Some highlights of the evening included free Adobos, Buffalo Wild Wings, s’mores, ice cream, and even a dunk tank. The first 100 people to arrive even got their own custom-made street signs.

These signs were a huge hit, with Duhawks lining up at 6:15 p.m. to make sure they got their own unique sign. The Adobos truck offered huge plates of nachos, taco salads, and burritos on a first come, first serve basis. I’m sure no one was surprised that the burritos ran out first. The BDUBS wings were also a big hit.

“We ran out of wings fast, but everyone still hung around and had all of our ice cream, s’mores, popcorn, Adobos, and more,” said junior CAB member Olivia Clarey. “I was happy to see so many people stick around.”

Notable attendees included Dewey the Duhawk and President Jim Collins. Collins sat above the chilly waters of a dunk tank while students tried their hardest to throw a baseball to dunk him. He definitely needed a towel after his shift in the tank as a fair number of Duhawks were able to dunk him and the staff members who joined him in the tank.

Overall, the Duhawks were pretty psyched about Loras After Dark. Senior Regan Wolverton, who has been to Loras After Dark in the past, thought this year’s turnout was lower compared to past years, but CAB really stepped up their game this year.

“It’s always a lot of fun. My first year, this whole place was crowded, but we have stuff here now that we didn’t have before. We didn’t have the food trucks, we didn’t have BDUBS, we didn’t have signs … I think CAB is doing a really great job. Now we just need more people to get here,” said Wolverton.

“It was a great event,” Clarey said, agreeing with Wolverton. “I’m already looking forward to next year.”

Upcoming events from CAB include activities during Family Weekend and Homecoming. Family Weekend — Sept. 22-24 — will be kicking off with Mass at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, in CTK. Following Mass and dinner, there will be a planetarium show at 7 p.m.  and a CAB-sponsored magician at 8 p.m.

Saturday includes a family tailgate and an evening full of soccer in the Rock Bowl. The Duhawks take on U.D. at 5:30 p.m. (women) and 7 p.m. (men).

Check the Life@Loras app or the CAB page on Facebook for additonal information.

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