advantage to welcome back returning students
By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer
CALEXICO — The main quad at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus was transformed into a football field Wednesday as the school's Associated Student Council hosted the Aztec Bowl Welcome Back for students.
"We're promoting spirit and making sure we're proud to be Aztecs," said ASC President Yulil Alonso-Garza.
The ASC, a seven-member body, began planning the Aztec Bowl in November. Developing a theme, organizing activities and calling local businesses for sponsorship was "a group effort," Alonso-Garza said.
Using donations from the community, the ASC provided raffle prizes, T-shirts and complete tri-tip dinners to students free of charge.
It was important to keep the event free "so students wouldn't be burdened with another fee," Alonso-Garza said.
As a DJ played music, a chilly evening breeze carried the scent of cooking beef across the mini-football field chalked into the quad's grass. Students, faculty, staff and their children tossed footballs around as others signed up to participate in flag football games and the quarterback challenge.