Courtesy Photo/ Benson Kua

As fall wears on and everyone looks forward to entering a wintry state of mind, the sun keeps shining down on San Luis Obispo.

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is hosting one last event before Thanksgiving by making the University Union Plaza an ice skating rink this Thursday, Nov. 19. The goal is to allow students to chill out, so to speak, before finals week hurtles uncontrollably into Cal Poly’s collective consciousness.

“We thought it would be a good stress relief going into Thanksgiving,” said ASI Events Student Manager Arin Miller. “(It will) bring that winter feel to San Luis Obispo.”

It won’t be your typical “cold weather” rink, however. This bladed-shoe gliding experience will be entirely devoid of ice. The skating surface will be composed of blocks with a slippery synthetic material. According to Miller, “It’s still the skating feel, without the hassle of the water.”

In the spirit of maintaining that “feel,” ASI will also provide proper seasonal indulgences like cookies and hot chocolate.

The rink and accompanying refreshments will be open to anyone with a PolyCard on Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight.

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