Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2006 Page: 69
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Adams and Smith residence halls boasted of a 150-foot water slide
on April 22 at its second annual Backyard Bash. The cookout and day of
activities began at 2 p.m. and ended at dusk.
Patrick Leech, Smith resident assistant, said the event, which began
two years ago, was created so students could have a chance to have fun
and hang out before school ended.
"It's a rime to hang out and enjoy the people around you," Leech said.
"Bring your friends and relax. It's not an event where you play mixers and
need to meet new people."
Leech, senior history major from Fuscola, has helped plan this event
the past two years. I
"Each semester we do this, it expands even more," he said.
Leech said the water slide will be 60 feet longer than last year, that the
mud pit behind Adams and Smith will be larger, and there will be more
bands and other activities than in previous years. He said the backyard
bash, created by Adams and Smith director Todd Ormsby, began in fall
2004 for Smith and Adams residents. Last year, all students living on
campus were invited to the event, and this year the invitation extends to
all students who attend the university.
In addition to volleyball, tug-of-war, Frisbee and other games, five
ACU-affiliated bands performed throughout the day. Tres performed at
4 p.m., Joie de Vie at 4:45 p.m., Marcie Rodriquez at 5:30 p.m., Marie
Thomas at 6:15 p.m. and Sacrifice Revealed at 7 p.m.
Jeremy Webb, Smith resident assistant, coordinated the bands this year.
He said originally eight bands were to play Saturday, but three bands
dropped out around spring break.
Leech said he hopes that bands will soon anticipate playing at
"Our goal is for it to become a major campus activity," he said. "'We
want it to take on a life of its own and not become just some overgrown
Food donated by Campus Life included hot dogs and hamburgers for
students to enjoy. Last year, the food went fast because it is a come-andgo
event, Leech said.
He said last semester 200-300 students came for a while during the .
day, and he expected even more to come this year.
For some students, however, the Backyard Bash seems only like a
residence hall activity.
"I love free food and good music, but I don't live on campus anymore,"
said Will Riggs, junior graphic design major from Abilene. "Honestly,
the slip n' slide sounds a little silly, but I bet it's hilarious to watch."
Leech said all students, regardless of where they live, were invited to
attend the Backyard Bash.
"Saturday will be a chance to blow off steam before finals," said W\ebb,
senior youth and family ministry major from Austin. "It's going to be
fun. There's no way you can show up and not have fun."
By: Mallory Sherwood, adapted from the Optimist
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