written by Noelle Parker
UCR’s 2014 Spring Splash was anything but ordinary! If you were fortunate enough to go, you could definitely vouch for the amount of fun and abundance of activities that were on campus. If you weren’t so lucky or you were studying for midterms, which any good student should be doing, then you might’ve missed out on a good time. As per usual, UCR had the typical Ferris wheel, scat ride, student orgs, and petting zoo, but this year there was also a tarot card booth, a giant slide, a snake handler, and a great line up, depending on who you ask.
Although there just simply wasn’t enough time to do absolutely everything, one could’ve definitely done plenty with the time allotted. It was sort of a “Disney-Land-experience”: a lot of standing, walking, and line-waiting. The event was held from 2-7pm, which was unfortunately the hottest part of the day, and when I say hot, I mean it was sincerely blistering out there for the majority
of the event. There was a lot of Aloe Vera use the next day. In fact, it was so hot, students began to seek shade in groups and take a quick snooze on the grassy areas of the quad between sets. Not quite sure if unwarranted hallucinogenics had anything to do with it, but luckily, there were also plenty of watering stations to keep people hydrated. Not to mention, there was delicious $2 boba from Boba Tea House available as well.
The attractions were great, as expected. The petting zoo was definitely a favorite for many because the animals were just too dang adorable. There was too much cuteness to handle. They had bunnies, ducks, goats, a calf, a turtle, a turkey, a zebra, a camel, and more furry critters to love on and chase after. It was quite a rejuvenating experience. The giant slide was also very fun, but when they said socks recommended, it meant you should have socks or suffer wedgies and rug-burns for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, the line for the waiver to ride the rides was even longer than the ride lines themselves, so most people steered clear and just went to enjoy the music instead.
The artist selection this year was mainly geared toward hip-hop, rap, and electronic music lovers, which can make for several friends bailing on a good time simply because they did not like or did not intend to see the artists going. However, all of the artists had excellent performances that almost everyone thoroughly enjoyed, aside from the apparent humidity caused by the sardine-style crowd and the blatantly bright, hot sun. Out of the four, I would give the best performance award to the amazingly talented and extremely handsome Ludacris because he really seemed to be completely aware of his surroundings, he got the audience completely involved by bringing back those good old ninety’s hits, and he truly loves his fans. Overall, it was yet another amazing college experience to add to the list of the awesomeness brought to us by UCR. It was definitely one for the books.