Last week the Associated Students filled up the quad with the joyful, energetic and adorable sound of barking puppies during their Don’t Worry Be Thankful event.
There was plenty of tasty free food, music by AMP Radio and a photo booth with polaroids and multiple props for students to have their pictures taken and share them on social media.
The goal of the event was to create social media awareness of PCC’s Associated Students by encouraging students to share their polaroid pictures on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #ASPCC.
The event also provided students with the opportunity to disconnect from the stress of finals.
“We wanted to give the students something they can relate to. We have music here, we have the puppies,” said vice president of public relations Joshua Mentrup. “They can unwire, they can get some free food … Since we always have pizza or hot dogs I wanted to have something else so we actually have German dinner kabobs.”
Mentrup explained that originally he wanted to bring therapy dogs but someone from his committee came up with the idea of bringing puppies instead and sure enough the puppies were a tremendous success.
Students gathered all around the puppy crate and were able to sign up to go inside the crate and play with the puppies for periods of 10 minutes.
“I think this event is great! I mean puppies, college students, it’s a fantastic idea!” said psychology student Salina “Lia” Ho.
The photo booth seemed to attract a lot of students too. Multiple groups of friends stopped by to have fun with the various props like the big geeky glasses, classy black top hat and the fake mustache on a stick and had their photos taken.
About 50 groups of students had their picture taken within the first hour and a half of the event.
AMP Radio had some cool giveaways for those students who were willing to take a picture in their booth and upload it to social media using the hashtag #AMPRADIO.
Among the giveaways were portable chargers, CDs, shirts, bags and football tickets.
“I think It’s fun! I got my food, I played with the dogs and I want to take a picture now,” said communications student Christopher Rosa about the event. “It’s something different, like out of studying, you can have a moment to have fun too.”