By Rachel Shirey
MORROW — Nearly 50 booths, arranged like the parting sea, lined the Student Activities Center Wednesday afternoon in an array of colors as hundreds of Clayton State students convened for homecoming festivities.
The Department of Campus Life hosted the first Laker Market Day and Hump Day Party as a special opportunity designed to allow local businesses to showcase their products or services to the student community.
Student organizations like fraternities, sororities, clubs and departments also set up tables to pass out information and for fundraising.
“I haven’t seen anything like this,” said Kimberly Hill, vendor and co-owner of PeacePix. “I think this is great. I think it’s giving students an opportunity to come in and see what they have in their community. As far as art, I’ve seen some arts I think in here, some things that people have done that they’re promoting in their booth. And, of course, it gives the vendors an opportunity to show students what they can do.”
Students could shop and learn about the different organizations on campus, while listening to hip-hop and R&B music like “The Wobble” and artists like Usher and Beyoncé.
“This is our first year doing this, and it’s a really good turnout,” said Chris Manning, student and vendor representing AmeriCorps and DEEP. “I like how they have different vendors.”
Businesses like A Royal Affairs, Extreme Sunglasses, Mary Kay and Ellee Boutique were loaded with goods for sale like jewelry, spirit wear, baked goods and information packets.
This experience potentially gave businesses contact with approximately 7,000 students, faculty and staff, and created opportunities for additional partnerships, sponsorships and support for both campus and student organizations.
“I think the entire campus received an email, and I read it and it sounded interesting,” said student Amanda McCurdy. “I wanted to come out to see what they had.”
McCurdy and her friend purchased baked goods and dressed up in colorful hats for the photo booth.
More homecoming events will be taking place on Clayton State’s campus this week ending Saturday with a 5K race, basketball doubleheader, parade and alumni breakfast.