Chico State students wrap up Welcome Week with WREC n’ Roll

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Chico State students wrap up Welcome Week with WREC n’ Roll

Chico State student Peter Bagaoisan leads a conga line with Esmeralda Aguilar, Ryan Reyes and Laavni Castro trailing behind.

Chico State student Peter Bagaoisan leads a conga line with Esmeralda Aguilar, Ryan Reyes and Laavni Castro trailing behind.

Olyvia Simpson

Chico State student Peter Bagaoisan leads a conga line with Esmeralda Aguilar, Ryan Reyes and Laavni Castro trailing behind.

Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

Chico State student Peter Bagaoisan leads a conga line with Esmeralda Aguilar, Ryan Reyes and Laavni Castro trailing behind.

Kathryn Sykes

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Hundreds of students danced and roller skated across Chico State’s gym Friday night at the first annual WREC n’ Roll.

WREC organizers rented the roller skates and musical equipment from All Sports Galaxy, an ice rink and roller blading rental company. Students had a choice between inline or classic roller skates; most went with the classic choice because they were easier to balance on for inexperienced skaters.

Chico State Programs Coordinator Brooke McCall helped organize this event and said she wanted to test out this new event.

“We wanted to do something different and fun that students might not usually have access to or think to do,” McCall said. “There’s going to be great music, snacks and we are hoping for at least 150 students to show up, but we have the capacity for 200.”

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  • Students relieve their stresses from the first week of class by rolling a few laps around the indoor soccer court.

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  • Students showed off their roller skating skills and their dance moves at WREC n' Roll.

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  • Groups of friends and acquaintances cruised around the basketball court floor.

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  • Dozens of lights illuminated the skate rink at the WREC Friday.

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  • One student, Michael Brown, displayed his skating talents by rolling backward around the rink.

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  • College friends Sydney Adamson and Brittany Livingston laced up their roller blades and got the party rolling Friday night.

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  • Students danced under disco lights while roller skating.

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McCall’s estimate was quickly surpassed as at least 200 students roller skated throughout the night. Due to the high turnout, McCall said students can expect to see this event again during Welcome Week next year.

While most of the skaters were new, a few experienced skaters showed off their skills and helped those who were struggling to find their balance.

Chico State junior Thomas Roberts said he learned how to roller skate when he was three and he still regularly roller skates around town. Even though Roberts was one of the better skaters at the event, he said was impressed by newcomers.

“I thought more people would have fallen,” Roberts said, ”but everyone is doing great and having a lot of fun.”

Kathryn Sykes can be reached at [email protected] or at @katesykes_orion on Twitter.

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