By Michael Delsardo
Barton Student Government Association fund-raiser for the Bulldogs United Committee, has added to nearly $2,000 raised by students, about $750 more than last year.
The annual paint wars event at Barton College is a popular event for the student body. But it serves a purpose beyond the enjoyment of participants.The annual paint wars event at Barton College is a popular event for the student body. But it serves a purpose beyond the enjoyment of participants.
The event is hosted by Barton’s Student Government Association and is found to be more than just fun and games. Fees charged to participate raises funds that go to the Bulldogs United Committee.
The Bulldogs United campus committee is a mixture of faculty, staff and students is responsible for deciding where funds that are raised should go. They distribute the money raised by paint wars to United Way in Wilson.
The United Way is a Wilson organization that raises money and then distributes the money raised to local charities.
To participate in Paint Wars, the student had to cover a $10 cover charge. Barton College’s SGA uses $400 of its annual budget
towards t-shirts, paint and other supplies.
SGA President Keisha Parker is the woman behind the scenes who puts this event together.
“Since I wasn’t able to participate this year, my favorite part was getting to see the joy on the participants faces as they were spraying one another with paint,” said Parker.
Parker who is serving her second term as SGA president was pleased with the turnout.
“Participation was great this year with around 130 people,” said Parker. “Students, faculty and staff all enjoyed paint wars, including new Barton College President Dr. Douglas N. Searcy.”
According to Parker, the attendance was tripled this year compared to when it first started in 2013.
“This event creates an atmosphere where students can get together to have fun and build relationships with fellow students,” said Parker.
A video of paint wars is on the Barton College YouTube channel.