Keene State College’s Social Activities Council (SAC) recently had their first hybrid paint night of the semester.
KSC student Ian McNeil is the Entertainment Coordinator for SAC. McNeil explained that this was their first paint night of the year and, in order to have a successful turn out amid a global pandemic, they decided to make it a hybrid event.
“We decided to make it a hybrid event because we know that some students may feel safer participating in the event virtually. We did have a decent turnout for this event, as paint night is one of our more popular activities,” said McNeil.
As for safety precautions, McNeil expressed that all attendees were seated in a way that aligned with social distancing. “KSC students have been doing a pretty good job following the guidelines set in place by the city of Keene and the college itself.”
SAC’s Vice President, KSC sophomore Bailey Buchan, also believes that allowing the event to be hybrid was key in its success. “We had paint kits available for anyone that felt a little uncomfortable being in person, they could grab a kit and follow along on our Instagram Live,” Buchan said, “We kept this event COVID safe by only having having a certain amount of people in the MBR and spacing out the tables and chairs six feet from each other. We also only had members of SAC giving and pouring the paint so that way not many people were touching the bottles.”
Buchan said the student response to this event, as well as any prior, have been very good, given the circumstances. “Students like seeing events here on campus again and making sure that we are all being safe is a big priority.”
SAC’s Secretary, KSC senior Elizabeth Nix, said the popular Disney character “Mike Wazowki” theme allowed students to go in many different creative and artistic directions. “The student response has been so good. We have been doing our darndest to get people involved on campus and we are really happy that people have been joining us, and the cherry on top is that everyone enjoys themselves!”
If painting isn’t your cup of tea but you would still like to be involved, SAC members encourage you to attend the general member meetings in the Madison Street Lounge in the Student Center at 8 p.m. every Wednesday to voice your opinion on what kind of events you would like to see on campus.
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