Painting Pumpkins

Alyssa MacKinnon

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Glorious fall pumpkins lined the long tables in Bartels, awaiting to be painted during Twisted Thursday, Thurs. Nov. 6.

S.M.I.L.E and To Write Love on Her Arms, two service-oriented student groups, made this Twisted Thursday a huge success.

Chilled apple cider went down deliciously with the mountains of sugary doughnuts and kettle corn popcorn the clubs had provided for students. Laughter and paint spread as groups of people came together for the busy event.

“It’s nice to have a fall themed event; arts and crafts help people de-stress,” said Maegan Moran, the president of S.M.I.L.E., as she was helping everyone get paint.

Jacklyn Jones, who helped students get to the fall goodies, is the Sergeant at Arms for S.M.I.L.E. She joined the club to be more involved in community service.

At 9 p.m. the first gift card raffle was pulled and two students from the sign in sheet were picked to win a choice of gift card.

When Charger Bulletin asked Bre McClearry, TWLOHA vice president, why this is a good event, she cheerily replied, “Everyone loves food!”

People enjoyed walking around, looking at each of the pumpkins because there was a wide variety of creative designs from classy to scary to a stunningly detailed romantic rose.

Jacqui Guzman, the Executive Assistant of TWLOHA, has been with the organization since it began at the University of New Haven. “I joined TWLOHA because of my mother’s anxiety disorder and when I was younger, I didn’t understand it,” she said. “TWLOHA opened my eyes, it helped me look at myself.”

The event ended with the final two gift card giveaways at 10 p.m.

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Painting Pumpkins