Walking into the Henry Student Center Ballroom, the aroma of powder filled the air. The lights were dim and all that could be heard was a soft pan flute playing in the background. The atmosphere was serene with the light chatter of a few people. Students were relaxed while being pampered.
The Wilkes University Programming Board hosted Spa Night on March 21, an event for male and female students to enjoy and relax in a judgment-free zone.
The powder fragrance came from a station where teddy bears were dipped in a powder scented wax, then fluffed and left to dry to make them look furry again. This activity was run by event worker Adrian Curelaru.
“We do all kind of venues like bar mitzvahs weddings, private parties, corporate parties and celebrations, festivals and colleges,” Curelaru said.
Along with the wax teddy bears, there were five other activities that students could participate in: making lip balm by choosing the flavor and color, getting back massages with a 10-minute appointment, facials with soothing cucumber eye covers, self-nail painting and paraffin wax treatments for hands.
All of these activities were chosen by the WUPB, and the vendor that brought the event to the campus was Any Excuse for a Party. Programming Board saw the vendors at the National Association for Convention Activities event where they got to see what services vendors offered and what activities they could be brought to the campus.
This year’s Spa Night was different than last year; instead of waiting in line, students had to sign-up for massages and facials. This change was to prevent students from getting frustrated while waiting for their turn. But this was not the only change made.
The WUPB also made two novelty items available for students to take, which were the wax aroma bears and lip balm. So, what brought about the change?
“We’ve been doing surveys at the end of many of our events last semester,” Jessica Short, president of the WUPB said. “The biggest complaint about the last Spa Night was the line and students wanted more take-aways. So, we implemented the sign-ups for massages and facials to alleviate lines and got two different novelties or take-aways.”
Short said this event always goes over well on the Wilkes campus.
Students got to enjoy a night full of relaxing music and activities.