Octoberfest offers food, music and giveaways

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Freelance caricature artist Randon Martinez draws a portrait of liberal arts sophomre Dawin Vega during Octoberfest Wednesday in the mall. The booth sponsored by student life provided caricatures at no charge.  Photo by E. David Guel

Freelance caricature artist Randon Martinez draws a portrait of liberal arts sophomre Dawin Vega during Octoberfest Wednesday in the mall. The booth sponsored by student life provided caricatures at no charge. Photo by E. David Guel

Costumed participants and other revelers eat, dance, laugh and chat during the fall festival.

By Ana Victoria Cano

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Students, faculty and staff celebrated Octoberfest Wednesday in Loftin Student Center mall.

The festival offered a variety of food, such as Frito and Cheeto pies, quesadillas, nachos, pizza, sausage wraps, cucumber in a cup, popcorn, tamales and corn in a cup.

One student enjoyed the affordable food prices, which ranged from $1 to $3.

“It is a way to save money by buying food here because it is cheaper,” said Monique Galvan, American Sign Language sophomore. “The food is very good.”

Desserts included apple and pumpkin pies, cookies, chocolate strawberries, snow cones and popsicles.

“It all smells delicious,” said Shirley Hernandez, social work freshman.

Participants quenched their thirst with jamaica, a cold beverage made from dried hibiscus; horchata, a cold beverage made from rice, soda and water; and even a mysterious potion.

The potion was a sweet, transparent, smoky liquid. The student selling it declined to reveal its ingredients.

“It is really awesome just to get together and have fun,” history sophomore Matthew Benavides said of Octoberfest.

The campus activities board offered students who gave their Banner ID a chance to participate in “spinning the wheel.” Some of the prizes were candy, animal hats and Halloween plushies. Students could play once per hour if they did not win the prize of their choice.

Randon Martinez, a painter, made portraits of students for free.

The Gaming Society provided Wii games such as “Project M,” a videogame, as free entertainment.

DJ John Coronado played multiple songs such as “Fireball” by Pitbull, “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias, “We Will Rock You” by Queens and “Rock Your Body” by Justin Timberlake.

When Coronado played “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, some students spontaneously broke out into the dance from the music video.

Costumes included Wonder Woman, Snow White, a police officer, Greek woman and gypsy.

The student organizations that participated included Students for Environmental Awareness; The Non-Traditional Student Club; MOVE, a society trying to register people to vote; United Methodist Campus Ministry; Always Building Children’s Development; Catholic Student Association; Phi Theta Kappa; Psych Club; Kinesiology Club; and the San Antonio College Music Association.

“The Octoberfest helps with the fundraiser of the student organizations, and it is a good way to promote it,” said Gianina Ledesma, nursing sophomore and member of the Asian Pop Society.

 

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