UnionPunk, Union’s first block party and craft fair, moved into the first-floor common spaces of Garnet Commons on Sunday after cold weather pushed the event inside.
The resident advisers of the apartments, which included those from Garnet Commons, Seward Place and Roger Hull Place, hosted the event. It was scheduled to run from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. and was originally supposed to be outside Roger Hull Place.
The event’s main coordinator, head Resident Advisor, Katherine Pouliot ’16, described the event as “a great way to showcase the unique talents of Union students, from crafting to musical performance.”
Additionally, Pouliot stated that the purpose of UnionPunk was to grant exposure to unrecognized, student-run businesses and hobbies.
Pouliot’s fellow staff member and colleague, Shauntai Quinlon ’17, based UnionPunk off of the annual AFROPUNK Music Festival in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Pouliot also believed UnionPunk to be a great way to introduce the new resident advisor staff of the Union apartments to the rest of the college.
The event was catered by Union’s Dining Services, providing everything from fruit and cheese platters to gyozas and empanadas.
The event showcased performances by Union’s Hip Hop Club, and singing and instrumental performances by Sarah Taha ’19, Ellice Tordesillas ’19, Dan Toland ’19, Sarah Kader ’16, Kabir Chabra ’18, Em Hiller ’18 and Jesse Rosenthal ’18.
Vendors included Arielle Singer ’17’s “Purse-On” handmade bags, which she describes as being a “monster of a bag,” J’Kela Smith ’17’s custom nail art, canvas paintings and drawings called “Art by J” and hand-crafted jewelry pieces, ranging from necklaces to earrings.
These featured vendors also sold some of their work as prizes for the UnionPunk raffle.
College Park Hall Resident Advisor Rosie Lima ’16 also advertised awareness of the volcanic eruption that occured in her home country of Cape Verde on the African island of Fogo, which left many families homeless.
Lima handed out flyers, asking students to donate items such as school supplies, clothing and non-perishable food.
Students flocked to the event, taking advantage of the food and entertainment, while vendors enjoyed the exposure and business it offered.