September 27, 2020

By RACHEL ROYDSC_0449

Students are working hard, finishing last-minute projects, studying for finals and wrapping up their last couple of weeks. What better way to celebrate all of this then with free food and drinks.

Conestoga Student Inc. (CSI) put together an end-of-the-year barbecue where they had good music and complimentary hamburgers, hotdogs and drinks.

Students lined up behind the Sanctuary from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. waiting patiently to receive their desired food and beverage choice.

“I think it’s great and the weather ended up being perfect for it too,” said Kelli Leis, a first-year office administrative student.

Students were also given free sunglasses in different colours that had the CSI logo on the side, and Cliff, the Condor mascot, made an appearance to promote his Instagram account.

“This is something we started last year,” said Samantha Schwier, programming co-ordinator for CSI. “We kind of wanted to end the year off with a bang and we thought, with students studying and stuff right now, a turnout for a specific event wouldn’t be so great. So we wanted to just have a free barbecue for some of the students so they can kind of come and go as they please, grab a bite to eat, get a free lunch and hopefully fuel themselves up for the next few weeks of studying.”

Last year Schwier said they planned on feeding around 1,500 to 1,800 students and this year she was hoping to feed closer to 2,000.

Paul Kelly, president of the DJ Club, Essay Michael and Reid DaCosta were the DJs who played upbeat music so students could eat and relax outside in the nice, sunny weather. Other students threw a football around, relaxing and killing time.

“There is a lot of people out here and everybody seems to be enjoying themselves. Cliff is dancing with the sign, and free food is the best food,” said Felipe Gonzalia, a second-year broadcasting television student.

“It’s a nice way to kick off the end of the year.”

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