Matador Fun Fest is designed to be an evening of family, friends and fun! The event happened on September 23 at the University Students‘ Union and was organized as a carnival. There was even a middle ground, with classic games like Spin the Wheel and Fish in a Bowl, where people tried to throw little balls into a little fishbowl. Winners of those games could hand in tickets to enter a raffle contest — prizes included a $50 Amazon gift card or a Nintendo Switch.
The silent disco was a popular feature as the night went on. Signs led people to the USU Northridge Center, where they received glow-in-the-dark props, as well as headphones to dance with their friends. Strobe lights and glow-in-the-dark decorations light up the room as people dance.
Many people sat in the Plaza del Sol to watch the performances of CSUN Cheer Team and CSUN’s Jishin Taiko Ensemble, a group dedicated to the art of Japanese-American drumming.
Janessa Reyes, CSUN graduate student and acting supervisor of USU’s diversity initiatives, emphasized the sense of community at events like this.
“Matador Fun Fest is great for a sense of belonging for our students because it also welcomes all types of students, whether you have kids, are freshmen, or transferring,” Reyes said. “I think it really brings the community together, just fun games and entertainment for everyone to enjoy.”
CSUN students of all ages attended, some with children or with their families. People of all ages volunteered to take the stage to play games with the crowd of families and students seated. Volunteers were given a word and had to quickly think of a song that had the same word in the lyrics.
Food and drinks were offered at separate tables, prepared by volunteers. Most of the drinks offered had flavors ranging from lime pineapple to cucumber and strawberry lemonade. Crispy and seasoned fries with choice of chili, cheese and sauce as garnish. Beef and chicken were also offered as toppings for the plates.
The sense of community persisted throughout the event, as children and adults laughed, sang and danced the night away.