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Roll Bounce: To Raise Money For Community Organization

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

Students got “groovy” on skates for a ’70s-theme night as they participated in the first-ever Roll Bounce.

The roller-skating extravaganza was held on Feb. 10 in the IMU Main Lounge, put on by the Afro American Cultural Center. The event benefited the Dream Center of Iowa City, which works to empower families in the Iowa City/Johnson County area through a variety of programs including providing mentors to new/struggling parents, fatherhood programs, fine-arts programs, and student leadership programs.

Afro House was tasked with putting on a series of events for Black History Month, one of which became the Feb. 10 event. The idea behind Roll Bounce was to have a fun event that benefited members of the immediate community.

There was a large glow-in-the-dark floor for skating, cases of water, glow sticks, and balloons scattered across the floor, and many skates set up in bins across the space.

Junior Arika Allen, a member of the Black History committee, said she believes the event is important because of the effect it has on the community while also providing students with a fun Saturday night.

“We’re all here for a good time and to celebrate Black History,” she said. “This is something that we haven’t seen on this campus