As finals approach and the semester is in its last weeks, California State University, Northridge students took the night off to dance, laugh and hang out at Matador Nights. Sponsored by the University Student Union (USU), students enjoyed food, activities and live DJs at the event USU calls CSUN’s Best Party.
“Matador Nights is great way to relax before finals,” said Child Development major Melissa Eaglin. “I’m a junior and this is only my first Matador Nights. I wish I went sooner.”
Plaza de Sol was transformed into a dance floor with live entertainment from the LA Leakers: Justin Credible and DJ Sourmilk with DJ Mal-Ski. Sharing the stage, Matty the Matador interacted with students, showed his best dance moves and challenged the crowd to dance back. Students could also try their luck at the various carnival games and get dizzy on the spinning top ride.
“I have more fun working the event than attending,” said Audrey Rose, manager of USU events. “You don’t feel like it’s a campus event. It just feels like any other cool festival.”
Students were able to satisfy their sweet tooth with candy stations where individuals were able to pick from various assortments of treats. There was also an ice cream lounge where students could hang out and enjoy tasty popsicle sticks.
A comic book room showcased displays where students could take fun pictures with some of their favorite super heroes. The USU also provided an arcade room with classic games for students to play by themselves or with their friends.
“Matador Nights is great because it’s a way for students to have healthy fun,” said Rodolfo Cortez, a junior in Deaf Studies who was supervising the comic book room. “It really shows the diversity of our campus.”
Every semester Matador Nights creates a safe environment of fun and community for the student population.
“Matador Nights is a way for students to see the culture of the student body at CSUN,” said Louie Pancotti, a Public Administration major. “It’s what makes CSUN home to students.”