Mocktails was held by the Office for Student Engagements in the Upperclass Parking Garage near Strawberry Stadium on Sept. 26 from 7-10 p.m. The theme for Mocktails this year was “Inspirational athletes and Fitness gurus”. As the event came to a close, the winners were announced in a bizarre three way tie between the Greek life organizations: Alpha Omicron Pi, PIKE and Theta Xi. NAACP followed in second place.
Cherie K. Thriffiley, director for the Office for Student Engagements, said “Our office puts on Mocktails every year for students. I love Mocktails. I think it’s a great event for our students to come out and build a community without alcohol or any other substances.”
Numerous organizations and students attended the event and exhibited various interpretations of the theme. Ashton Toefield, president of NAACP, said “We’re doing inspiration, and we chose boxing: Muhammad Ali. The reason we chose Muhammad Ali was because he is a very prominent figure to us. We chose to name our drink ‘Rope-a-dope’ because it relates back to a match Muhammad Ali had.” He said the drink was “a total knockout!”
In terms of experience, Toefield said, “This is not our first time at Mocktails; we’re definitely use to this. Two years ago, we placed first place at Mocktails which is what we look forward to place today.”
Some students found this event as a way to spend time with friends and relax. One student, Amy Weaver, said, “I just wanted to see all of my friends and hang out with the anime club.” Weaver said, “I like it. I like the music, I like hanging out with people and I like all the different variety of drinks.”
While she enjoyed the event, Weaver thought there was room for improvement. Weaver said, “I think they should have just one music playing. So it’s kind of confusing, where they’ve got music over there and music over here.”
For more information on Mocktails or future events call 985-549-2120 or visit the Office for Student Engagement in Mims hall.