Addie Whitlow, Chattanooga, Tenn. – CAB may be changing their appearance and adding some new events to their schedule, but most of their traditions will remain the same.
Devoted to sponsoring activities on campus, the Campus Activities Board, or CAB, aims to create a welcoming atmosphere for students at the University.
Colton Hobbs, the director of public relations for CAB, said there will be even more fun and engaging activities to choose from this fall. He explained that CAB is trying something new by rebranding their appearance.
“Instead of the chat bubbles [of the past], the organization has moved to a more sleek, modern design for our logo and our materials,” Hobbs said. “So it’s actually a pretty big change.”
When asked about what motivated CAB to modernize their design, Hobbs said it was primarily his idea.
“I’m really picky about how things look, and I personally didn’t like the logo,” said Hobbs. “And the board had the same consensus. It wasn’t matching with the times, it was getting too old.”
In addition to updating their design for posters and other materials, CAB is also hosting several brand-new activities for the fall semester, such as the “Throwdown to Your Hometown Dodgeball Tournament.”
Hobbs said that this event serves as a networking opportunity for students to show off their hometowns and interact with others who may or may not be from the same places.
Although CAB may have made a few changes for the semester, many of their traditions remain the same, and Hobbs said those are what students are most looking forward to.
“In the past, our welcome week events are most successful, such as Paint U,” said Hobbs. “Throughout the rest of the year, our movie nights and our drag show bring out a pretty good number of people.”
Spoken Word Night is another tradition that is popular among students. Jye Forman, the director of operations for CAB, said “Spoken Word” is one of the events that CAB has had much success with in the past.
Foreman said “Spoken Word Night” is a slam poetry event that encourages students to perform their own pieces in front of an audience. Once students are finished performing, a guest performer is invited on stage to perform. This semester’s guest speaker is spoken word artist Ebony Stewart.
“We like to choose performers from diverse backgrounds who could possibly have a great connection with the student population,” explained Foreman.
Foreman, who has served on CAB’s board for three years, said that she’s not sure when the first Spoken Word was held, but she knows that CAB has been hosting the event for quite some time.
“I am not sure what motivated CAB to create this event; however, I know that we continue to have them as a way to provide students with a creative outlet,” said Foreman. “It coincides with our mission to provide free and fun programming to students on campus so they wouldn’t have to travel elsewhere.”
This semester’s Spoken Word Night with Ebony Stewart will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 8-10 p.m. in the UC’s Multicultural Center.
Foreman said that students are advised to sign up ahead of time in the Dean of Students Office, but CAB also encourages spur of the moment participation. According to Foreman, a typical Spoken Word Night draws a crowd about 50 students.
“The atmosphere is very accepting and attentive as students step out of their comfort zones and perform their own pieces,” said Foreman.
For more information about CAB visit orgsync.utc.edu/org/utccab/home.