By Trevor Sherman

The parking lot at Eastern’s Manchester campus was turned into a tropical oasis Thursday courtesy of the Student Government Association.From noon until 8 p.m. students visited the luau between classes, helping themselves to platefuls of barbecue pork, beef, or turkey as well as a wide variety of side dishes and desserts.

After eating, students challenged each other to games of corn hole or just chilled out under the shade of the giant tents set up in the parking lot where they listened to tunes provided by DJs from the local radio station in Manchester, Rock 105.7, WTBK.

“You hear about events like this happening all the time up in Richmond,” SGA President James Pennington said. “I wanted to bring something like that to the students here in Manchester, and I feel like it has been a big success.”

The luau was in celebration of student appreciation day, but Pennington wanted to accomplish more with the event than just entertaining the student body at the Manchester campus.

Pennington decided to open the event not only to students, but to the general public as well.

By doing this, he hoped to give the university some publicity and to maybe help boost enrollment.

“I feel like I can help that cause by showing prospective students that they will have the opportunity to participate in special events, such as this one, if they choose to enroll with EKU and take classes in Manchester,” Pennington said.