Campus Activities Board hosts first CAB Fest

UCF students get locked and loaded with instructions as they prepare to shoot lasers for laser tag at the first CAB Fest on Thursday, March 19 on Memory Mall. 

Students running around a dimly lit, inflatable laser tag arena and live bands preforming Fall Out Boy and the Beatles. This was the scene on the University of Central Florida’s Memory Mall for the Campus Activities Board's inaugural CAB Fest.

Approximately 1,000 students attended the first ever CAB Fest, according to Melody Deatherage, CAB's special events director. The event, hosted from noon to 4 p.m. on March 17, consisted of numerous activities for students to take part in. These activities included:

• An inflatable laser tag arena with laser guns and sensors.

• Ticket distribution for CAB's upcoming concert featuring the Chainsmokers and Daya.

• A battle of the bands competition between the Beat Brothers and the Love Note. The winner, the Love Note covered Panic! At The Disco's "This is Gospel" and Fall Out Boy's "Sugar, We're Going Down," while the Beat Brothers covered the Beatles’ "Blackbird" and "Please Please Me."

• A comedy stand-up routine.

• Free pizza, street art, and giveaways including tumblers, sunglasses, ponchos, car chargers and T-shirts.

Many students were surprised to see a laser tag arena set up on Memory Mall.

Nick Kosan, a freshman photonics science and engineer major, thought this is what makes UCF special.

"No one ever tells you that you're going to go to college and have laser tag just set up on your campus," Kosan said. "I think it's really cool that we do stuff like this at UCF."

CAB is a student-run agency located in the Office of Student Involvement inside of the Student Union.

"We are here to provide unique entertainment for the student body through various events throughout the year," said student director Maya Prewitt.

The agency consists of eight different committees that host events every month. These committees are cinema, comedy, concert, fine arts, marketing, Mr. and Mrs. UCF, speakers and special events. All eight committees were showcased during CAB Fest, where CAB representatives explained to students how to get involved.

CAB also utilized the afternoon to promote upcoming events. Prewitt explained that CAB is hosting comedian Bob Saget in the CFE Arena on Wednesday, March 23.

Prewitt was satisfied with how the first CAB Fest ran.

"It was hectic, but a lot of students were happy. As long as the students are happy, we're happy," Prewitt said.

Story originally published on March 19, 2016.

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