ASI hosted its annual All Day ASI event on Sept. 9 in person for the first time in a year and the Becker Amphitheater was once again filled with the allure of music and excitement.
Students browsed booths, took selfies in front of the backdrop at the photo booth and checked in with Associated Students, for entry into the evening concert.
The event was broken down into three time blocks. Like many events during the pandemic, last year’s All Day ASI adapted to a virtual setting and hosted its event via YouTube Live.
The pre-pandemic vibes during the first block of this year’s event resonated with the morning show, curated by ASI in collaboration with the radio media coordinator Matthew Sylvester of Titan Radio.
“We made really good friends with the ASI production team; they love working with us and we love working with them,” Sylvester said. “This was going to be one of their major events coming back and they wanted us to be a part of it.”
Around noon, Lenny Martinez, ASI staff and building operations supervisor, set up tables and gave out Amazon Prime Student goodie bags for attendees. The Titan Bowl and Billiards in the basement of Titan Student Union would be filled with students playing foosball, table tennis, bowling and billiards for the second block of the event.
“We are going to have everything completely available and free from 1 to 3:30 (p.m.), so the students can just come and have an awesome time,” Martinez said.
If the free food and events weren’t enough, ASI also coordinated giveaways throughout each block. But, to be eligible for giveaway items, students were encouraged to follow @asicsuf on Instagram and tag two friends on the latest All Day ASI post.
Jacob Fry, an ASI programming coordinator and executive producer of the event, said that the purpose for All Day ASI was to welcome students back on campus and showcase what ASI has to offer. Fry mentioned that the giveaway ranged from small to large items.
“There’s an annual pass to Disneyland. Some of the small stuff is like limited edition Pokemon cards,” Fry said. “Not to mention, we have a free Macbook Pro that we are giving away and all that fun stuff.”
The third and final block of All Day ASI took place on Tuffy Lawn with the Concert and Resource Fair. Spread across the scene were various campus organizations, such as Titan Outdoors and Titan Recreation, in addition to local food vendors. Students were given free vouchers to redeem at one of the two food trucks present at the event.
Various acts were scheduled for the night, beginning with the student dancers at 6 p.m. First on was Ballet Folklorico, a cultural student dance club on campus. Following them was Seoul Ful, a student dancer known as Rel, and Unrestricted. They all blew the audience away with graceful moves that also kept viewers’ hearts pounding for more.
Following the dancers were student DJs Ginsing and JP, real names being Tseyang Lau and Josh Paktan respectively. The DJs took to the stage at 7 p.m. and had half an hour dedicated to their mixes, which were accompanied by flashing lights and heavy bass.
The main event of that night was a performance by the band Public, which took the stage at 10 p.m., shortly after the opening act: DJ Lez Lee. The band’s performance included some of their best and newest releases such as “ILoveU,” “Splash,” and even a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic,” which drove the crowd wild.
The energy was high the entire day among attendees, beginning with the radio show and ending with a bang from the main event. It’s been a while since a CSUF event went this loud, as COVID-19 forced events to go virtual. The power of the bass, the warmth of a summer night and the physical fun with friends left students excited for this semester.
From those who have never attended an All Day ASI before and to those who are happy to attend one again, this year did not disappoint.