USplash draws hundreds to Fairfield Way
UConn Empower gathers students at Homer Babbidge, says ‘all of Fairfield Way is your party’
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 23:09
Sunday afternoon hundreds of students gathered at Fairfield Way for an enormous water balloon fight.
The atmosphere was more like a party than a fundraiser as DJs Manni and Shmallen blasted dance music in the circle.
Students came from every part of campus wearing shirts sold by hosts UConn Empower that said, “get wet” on the front and “got splashed” on the back.
Two teams gathered to compete as the green team made their way in front of Rowe while the orange team took their position in front of Homer Babbidge.
Empower members got the crowd pumped, chanting “Huskies” and “UConn” into megaphones.
“I’m so proud of UConn Empower,” said Isha Raval, a 5th-semester physiology and neurobiology and allied health major, “I had a random idea in the middle of the night and they made it happen.”
Empower members worked from 8:30 a.m. filling balloons with 29 spigots.
The event, planned for 2:30, took off a few minutes prematurely. Students started throwing water balloons before the scheduled time and were out of balloons about three minutes later.
“I thought it was a lot of fun, but they could’ve prepped better; it was over real quick,” said Carl Costa, a 1st-semester biology major.
Logan Horbal, a 1st-semester undecided honors student, echoed that sentiment, saying it didn’t last as long as he expected but he did enjoy dumping two buckets of soapy water on the crowd.
“I’d definitely do it again,” said Horbal.
After students ran out of water balloons to throw, foam cannons shot out soapy water and some participants began to crowd surf. Everyone was encouraged to stay, dance and have fun.
Sonny Caplash, the international community liaison for UConn Empower told the crowd, “All of Fairfield Way is your party.”
He was not disappointed that the event did not go exactly as planned.
“Things happen and you adjust,” said Caplash, a 5th-semester biology major, “As long as everyone had a great time, then it went as expected.”
The club made over $5,000, all of which will go to their projects overseas, including improvements in a Cameroon orphanage and an Indian school.
“It’s awesome that everyone could come out and have a great time and the money is going to an amazing cause,” said Raval.