No sun, no problem. Despite overcast skies and an opposing team that did not show up, the members of the TCU chapter of the Asian Student Association made the best of a water balloon fight outside the University Recreation Center.
Thuy Nguyen, a sophomore mathematics and education major, said the purpose of the water balloon fight was to bring cultural awareness to TCU’s campus. The opposing team, made up of members of the TCU Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, were scheduled to appear.
“Our campus is predominantly Caucasian, and this is something we can do to bring our organizations out on campus,” Nguyen said.
Mai Vu, vice president of ASA, said the event was planned as an icebreaker and was the group’s first time to combine events with NAACP.
“We met up with members of NAACP at a leadership retreat, and decided to collaborate on some events this semester,” said Vu, a senior psychology major.
The icebreaker, given the nickname “Don’t Hate, Hydrate,” was a starting point for the organization to recruit new members and bring back old group members. ASA currently has approximately 15 to 20 active members.
Philip Troung, co-president of ASA, said events like these bring students back to an organization that lost its place on campus years back.
“ASA was sort of lost on TCU’s campus for a couple of years,” said Troung, a junior business major. “It was reintroduced in about 2004, and ever since, we’ve been trying to recruit as many people as we can.”
Along with trying to recruit new members, Troung said the group is also trying to be more philanthropic. The group plans to sell hot chocolate at the “Pink Out” football game against New Mexico State University on Nov. 3, with proceeds going to the Tarrant County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.