The WMU Campus Activities Board is a student-funded registered student organization that is dedicated to bringing an “escape for entertainment” to those who need a little distraction from the daily grind. They will be presenting both students and the general public with new and exciting events for the 2017-18 academic year.
In the past, CAB has brought in comedians, musicians, mentalists and other fun filled events to WMU’s campus. This year, they plan to surpass their previous attempts in entertainment by reaching out to more students to attend the weekly meetings. The meetings are held every Monday in room 208 of the Bernhard Center at 8:30 p.m.
“A goal we try to set every year is to reach a new demographic and reach for a bigger crowd at our weekly meetings,” CAB Vice President Nicholas Bennett said. “With the help of other students, I believe a diverse general assembly is easily attainable.”
Friday, Sept. 1 marked the beginning of CAB’s long list of events with a showing. The second event, called “Chillin’ at the Pavilion,” will take place on Sept.14 at the Goldsworth Valley Pond Pavilion area. It will include things like fire throwing performers and giant human hamster balls. Admission for both of the events are free, although other events throughout the year might cost $1 with a valid WMU student I.D., or $2 for the general public.
“I’ve found the entertainment at WMU to be such a great way for students, such as myself, to relax and take our minds off school work,” Stephani Carlock, a behavioral science psychology major senior at WMU, said. “College is supposed to be challenging, but no one ever said you couldn’t have fun while doing it. CAB has been able to provide students with so many different entertainment opportunities and I think everyone is very grateful for that.”
CAB is thrilled to be able to present WMU and the Kalamazoo community with a performance by Kris Allen, former American Idol contestant. Allen will make his appearance in mid-October at the State Theatre in downtown Kalamazoo and CAB is looking forward to the large crowd they hope he will attract.
“We are so excited to share this experience with the students and the rest of the public,” Bennett said. “This is such an important event because it is a way to connect WMU to the community and create those bonds that will last longer than any of us will even be here at Western.”
The kickoff meeting for CAB will be Monday, Sept. 11, and it will feature a special guest, along with free food and prizes. This particular meeting will take place in the Ballroom in the Bernhard Center at 8:30 p.m. All of CAB’s meetings are for WMU students only.