CCC&TI springs into the '60s
Tie-dye was everywhere on Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute’s campus Thursday. Students wore headbands and rings of flowers in their hair. Artwork of Nixon, Bob Marley, The Beatles, and Batman and the Joker (the 1960s TV version of the characters) sat in the courtyard.
While the weather still held a chill of winter, it was like an idealized day in 1964 as students, faculty and staff were out on the lawn celebrating the year CCC&TI was born.
CCC&TI’s annual Spring Fling boasted a 1960s theme in honor of the 50th anniversary of the school's founding.
Professional DJ and CCC&TI student Charles Tinsley, who plays for the basketball team, mixed tunes from the '60s as well as modern hits by such artists as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and Fun. Clubs and organizations had booths with raffles, hanging baskets of flowers, leather bracelets, Di'lishi frozen yogurt and games. At the Science Club booth, students were challenged to compete to build the tallest tower out of pasta noodles and marshmallows. There were also costume and art contests. Katrina O’Quinn took home first place for the costume contest, and Sara Vang won first place with her artwork.
Kim Roper, director of student activities, and the Student Government Association threw together the festival, decorating the courtyard, bringing out Domino’s and Chik-fil-A and ordering sheet cakes from the culinary program that could feed up to 600.
“It’s like a big ol' party," Roper said. "And guess what? Our Internet is out, so it is like 1964.”
Several students wished the college happy birthday for the big 5-0.
“It’s full of fun and laughter and smiles,” said Dasean Manuel, a member of the basketball team. “Hopefully, we have another 50 good years. I learn a lot. The teachers, they work with us. I’ve had a good experience.”
Student ambassador Madeline Smith said, “Happy birthday, CCC&TI. Keep going strong.”
Roper was proud of this year’s Spring Fling. The turnout, the activities and even the weather, which eventually warmed up to a more spring-like temperature, played out perfectly.
“We put a lot of planning and time into these festivals, so I hope it shows,” she said.