Brick Blast Connects Community and Students
BY KATE SANCHEZ
Students walk up and down Court Street checking out all of the local booths that set up shop. Brooklyn’s Pizza is handing out slices of cheese pizza, Sault’s Drugstore is giving away vanilla ice cream cones, Bek’s is scooping artichoke dip, and students are sampling hot wings from the Post Office, and much more.
“I love that the Fulton community embraces the students from both colleges,” Beth Ehrhardt, ’16, said, referring to Thursday’s Brick Blast, an event co-sponsored by William Woods, Westminster, and the Brick District. “It is nice to know that they appreciate us. It is really cool they put this on. I came last year and it is definitely improving. I think students are finally aware that they really do put this on specifically for us.”
Sophomore Sydney Franklin, community relations chair for the Campus Activities Board, said the event is about making connections.
“The businesses are awesome to work with and love having the college students interact with our community,” Franklin said. “The business owners are always friendly and willing to donate their time, efforts, and food to make sure we have a great event.”
During the event, students received giveaway bags filled with cups, pens, and other goodies donated from the Brick District businesses, and many chose to participate in a scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt, which took participants into several stores, ended with a free T-shirt.
As students walked along Court Street, they could paint on a canvas outside of Art House and answer the question “What do you want to do before you die?” on the sidewalk in chalk. Answers included: go skydiving, ride an elephant, publish a book, and get a pilot’s license.
Down the street, Fulton Mayor LeRoy Benton welcomed students back to Fulton and then handed the microphone to William Woods President Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett. She welcomed everyone and talked about her newfound friendship with Westminster President Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande.
Akande then asked the students to cheer and gave a brief speech about his excitement for the year and his relationship with the Fulton community. He encouraged the crowd to have a great time and enjoy themselves.
Throughout the evening, students continued to mingle about and help themselves to pulled pork sliders. After a long few weeks of getting back into the swing of things, students enjoyed just relaxing and visiting with friends over some cheese pizza.