The Student Activities Association event, “Throwback Skate Night,” was held on Sept. 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. The event was themed as a “90’s throwback” and held at Nacogdoches’ own skate rink, “Skate O Rama”, located at 1208 Douglas Rd. 

The event was free to all SFA students, with a show of their Student ID, and $5 for non-SFA students. SAA provided bus rides to the event for students without a vehicle, giving every student a chance to attend.

I arrived at this event at 6:50 p.m., ready to roll and excited to see what the SAA had planned, and for seeing the venue itself. I was then greeted by members of SAA and the “Skate O Rama” staff, who quickly gave me the first ticket to the event with a show of my Student ID. 

As I waited on my date to pay the entry fee for non-students, I looked around and my first thought was it was a small skate venue, but still cozy for a get together with friends. I then went to pick up my skates, which were free with both entries, which I thought was a nice touch of the SAA. 

Being an avid roller skater since I was young, I took to the still empty skate rink and skated for a bit, watching a steady stream of people come in. As 90’s music wafted through the speakers, I began to see the first group of people skate to the rink, each varying in skill, some trying to shakily stand, some dancing while skating. 

As an hour went by and one big fall later, the cozy skate rink started to become really small, due to the influx of new people arriving.

I noticed it was getting hard for those who could not skate as well, having nowhere to latch onto. The rink was filled with people skating and there were groups of people hanging out on the walls. Combine that with the disco lights strobing with the music, and it made for a hard time to see your feet or at the very least, the people next to you. Yet, the event still managed to have the charm of a kickback. Many people came to hang out with friends, the skating was just a bonus. 

In my opinion, the SAA Event “Throwback Skate Night” was a success in creating the atmosphere of kicking back with friends and actually going out to have fun and to skate. I loved how the SAA brought attention to the fact Nacogdoches even has a skate rink, since most people don’t know it exists. 

The only flaw to this event was the venue became really crowded really fast, making it hard for inexperienced skaters to have a good time. I would rate the event 8/10 for achieving the theme. 

According to Skate O Rama’s website, their usual hours are 1 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets cost $6 for both days and skate rentals cost $3 per person.

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