New and returning students alike got their first taste of Elon at the annual Community on the Commons cookout.
Spray paint art, a rock wall, cornhole, volleyball and classic carnival games like Plinko and ring toss kept the crowds entertained through the post-hurricane humidity and heat. Jointly hosted by the Student Union Board and Orientation, the event provided a fun way to get to know the hub of Elon’s campus.
Freshman Rachel Hall said she was loving being at Elon, but for the native New Jerseyan, the heat was nearly unbearable. She and friends Eliza Williams, Haley Vander Linden and Christina Lewis said they were looking forward to karaoke and meeting new people.
Over at the rock wall, freshman linebacker Robert Davis scaled two sides of the multifaceted pillar in a row.
“It was fun,” he said, “But by the time I climbed the second one I was tired and my arms gave out.”
After an opening act by Rip_Chord, The Lloyd Dobler Effect, a rock band from the Silver Spring, Md. area, took the stage. Playing easygoing songs intersperced with covers and a brief rhythmic rap, they provided excellent background music for students to enjoy on the lawn.