October 9, 2005 the College of Health and Human Services celebrated
its first semi-annual picnic for faculty and staff. At around 11 am
CHHS employees began to descend upon a sleepy little park in Torrance.
People brought culinary delights from around the world as side dishes
reflected the diverse nature of the people who work in our College.
Before long the charcoal was hot and the aroma tantalizing as a variety
of meat was placed on the grill. The ravenous crowd devoured hot dogs,
hamburgers, short ribs, carne asada, and sumptuous hot links.
many may have thought that after the consumption of copious meats
and side dishes the picnic would wind down and people drift off to
their alternate lives, the fun and games were just getting started.
Stomachs had barely begun to settle when Ginger Wilson led a group
hula session. After images of Waikiki and grass skirts faded from
memory the first competition of the afternoon began. In an action-packed
and extremely tense final, Jessica Barragan narrowly defeated Chloe
Peyton to win the vacant “Rock, Paper, Scissors” title.
Jessica confidently proclaimed that she will take on all challengers
“anytime, any place, anywhere.” Rumor has it that if you
venture into the Student Services Center and ask Jessica about her
title she will proclaim that “no one can touch Jessica Barragan,
Those hoping to wind down and relax after the nail-biting
Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament had to check their pace-makers once
more as the donut eating contest quickly got under way. In a controversy-filled
event with more rules and regulations than CSUDH policies and procedures,
Andrew Long emerged victorious as he skillfully swallowed three mini-donuts
from a piece of string in the fastest time. Despite gallant efforts
from Sydney Hardy, Andy McDaniel, Kami Amirheshmat, and Craig Levine,
the “Belly from Britain” showed he had what it takes when
confronted with three donuts on a string.
the wild and crazy folks of CHHS decided that calories needed to be
burned and, using a kickball set provided by Mary Lou Cappel, a game
began that produced sporting legends. After five innings of pure adrenaline,
the two teams decided that the spoils of victory would be shared with
a 10-10 tie. We left the field with our heads held high and our legs
sore. More than a few participants were heard to murmur “I’ll
get you next time,” and “I don’t understand I thought
I brought my “A” game.”