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SPB prepares students for the fiesta

FiestaSPB - Courtesy of Jessica Ordonez

Students will be taking an annual trip to Six Flags Fiesta Texas on Oct. 26 with the Student Program Board, allowing students to take a break during midterms. | Courtesy of Jessica Ordoñez

Students will be piling into buses headed to Six Flags Fiesta Texas during the Student Program Board’s annual trip, scheduled for Oct. 26.

SPB Trips and Tournaments Chair Jessica Ordoñez is excited to provide this student excursion and hopes it will foster a sense of camaraderie.

“It’s just getting away from school for one day. It’s a great way to get away with friends and let out stress on the roller coasters and haunted houses in the park,” Ordoñez said. “These trips are highly anticipated. Students ask me from the beginning of the school year. It’s the most sold-out trip.”

For some Cougars, taking a trip outside Houston during the semester can be difficult because of the costs and a lack of transportation. SPB gives students the opportunity wrapped in a package deal of $25, meals included.

“It’s pretty much because it’s a long trip for most people. Most people don’t have a car or aren’t allowed to drive there,” Ordoñez said. “It gives them a chance to go with their friends. It saves gas money, it helps you save on the ticket itself, so why not?”

During SPB’s Six Flags trip last fall, psychology sophomore Guadalupe Villarreal loved the experience of meeting new people and the novelty of a group Six Flags trip.

“What I enjoyed the most was being able to meet new people and to just have a blast on the rides. I did make several new friends on the trip,” Villarreal said. “It is a great experience and, at such a low cost for admission, a meal and a ride there, you will not regret it. I am looking forward to going this semester so I can ride the Iron Rattler.”

For SPB cinema and novelty chair Taylor Rouleau, student bonding and building a sense of community is the bottom line for SPB, and the Six Flags trip does just that.

“Who doesn’t love Six Flags? Seeing each other scream through torturous roller coasters is a good bonding experience. The best parts are the memories you make while on the trip,” Rouleau said.

SPB will open registration Oct. 14. The ticket includes transportation, snacks on the bus, entrance into Fiesta Texas and a meal voucher while in the park. Students should meet at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 26 in front of the University Center and will return to campus at 1 a.m. the following day.

Seating and tickets are limited and will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Those interested in purchasing the tickets should contact Ordoñez at [email protected]. Payment and registration will be at the Business Office in the UC room 274. The trip is only open to UH students with proper UH ID.

The next SPB trip to the Renaissance Festival will be on Nov. 16, Ordonez said.

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