While it may seem as though the Tech Activities Board is downsizing its usual events and giveaways this semester, don’t fret: this year’s calendar of events is all about quality, not quantity.
In October, TAB is hosting a “Zorb Racing” event on the Main Quad where students race against opponents down a 75-foot track in a giant inflatable ball.
“We originally planned to have the Zorb event at the end of September,” TAB adviser Nickole Anderson said, “but the company we’re renting from had a conflict of scheduling, and we went with the second week in October.”
Geographic information systems senior Wesley Flatt thinks the Zorb racing event will be one that attracts many students.
“Not many people get to do that sort of thing,” Flatt said. “It’s mainly because it costs so much when you go to some touristy place like the one in Pigeon Forge.”
Anderson also mentioned TAB would be hosting a giveaway the Tuesday before the racing event to promote it.
Also in October is TAB’s candy apple giveaway as a promotion for Homecoming, the organization’s largest event.
“TAB completely runs Homecoming,” Anderson said. “From picking the theme, to creating the packet, to executing all of the events and keeping up with scores.”
The remaining two events will be held later in the semester. In November, there will be a “TAB is Thankful” event, a Thanksgiving-style dinner which includes a TAB Fall t-shirt giveaway, and in December, a holiday photo event with a keepsake for students to take home.
When asked if there will be any TAB Tuesday giveaways this semester, Anderson explained that because of a shortage of funds, the organization decided to take a “less is more” approach.
“Our thoughts behind this decision,” she said, “is that we would rather give students a chance to come out and have an afternoon or an evening and have a good time with their friends.”
How students respond to the change this semester will depend on the student, but Flatt doesn’t seem to have a problem with it.
“Big events like that are cool, but free stuff is also cool,” he said. “Sometimes they would hand out some pretty useful stuff, but it wouldn’t hurt to switch it up a little.”
Just because there are four events on the schedule, doesn’t mean that they’re the only events TAB is and will be hosting. Anderson said that it’s possible for the organization to do another small event or giveaway, they just need good ideas.
“We just need more students to be involved,” she said. “Much of what we do is strictly done by the staff in our office.”
If you have an idea for a TAB event or giveaway, contact the organization at email@example.com, or find them on Facebook and Twitter @tntechtab.