For a night at ‘The Big A,’ Fullerton College comes together

Daniel Guerrero

It was a night for a comeback on the field for the Los Angeles Angels and a night of students and staff coming together for the third annual Fullerton College Angels night at the Angels Stadium of Anaheim on Apr. 6, 2018.

The event’s proceeds help raise funds for the Chris Lamm and Toni DuBois Food Bank along with the Students of Distinction scholarships. With around 1,250 Hornets in attendance, the event’s atmosphere of community bonding was felt throughout the night by the students and staff in attendance.

“It definitely creates a sense of community and we’re all here for a common purpose,” stated Fullerton College President Greg Schulz . “We’re here to have fun, but even more important, we’re all here to raise money for our campus food bank and for the students of distinction scholarships, so it’s a good combination.”

The event began with the a Fullerton College tailgate parry, the first of its kind.

Attendants at the Fullerton College tailgate get a picture in front of an inflatable Buzzy on Apr. 6, 2018. Photo credit: Angels Photo Services

“The tailgate was very very nice” said Photography major Fortune Abor. “It was so much fun. All the kids were dancing and everybody was acting normal instead of trying to act cool. Everyone was being their normal selves.”

As attendants headed into the game on April 6, 2018, they could pick up this year's exclusive Fullerton College Angels hat. Photo credit: Angels Photo Services

Before the game, some student representatives from A.S. joined Shulz and NOCCCD Board of Trustees member Jacqueline Rodarte on the field for the pregame ceremonies, with each one them sporting this year’s Fullerton College and Angels mash up hat.

Fullerton College representatives received recognition during the pregame ceremonies on April 6, 2018. Photo credit: Angels Photo Services

The event gave students the chance to get to know their other fellow Hornets, something some students felt they never have the time to do.

“There are a lot of people that I have never talked to because, you know, we’re always passing by so quickly and going to events on campus,” Abor said. “So, this event let me talk to people that I had been meaning to talk to before that I’ve been seeing around campus.”

Some professors such as English professor Meg O’Rourke appreciated the opportunities that the event provided and saw the community building that the third annual event promoted.

“I thought it was great. It was nice seeing everyone and seeing Fullerton College people come together and be a community,” O’Rourke said. “I think it does help build that sense of community to talk to the people around you and see them out of an academic setting.”

From the beginning of the night’s event at the tailgate to all the action inside the ballpark had Schulz pleased and excited for the event to grow even bigger next year.

“[It’s] just a great night for the whole college,” Schulz added. “I hope we have even more next year.”