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Showing Some Skin

SAB Hosts Electronic Skin Novelty Event for University Students

Hour long lines of University students filled the Rebecca Stafford Student Center (RSSC) on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 1 – 4 pm waiting to get their hands on a personalized electronic skin hosted by the Student Activities Board (SAB) for their third novelty event.

Electronic skins are gel stickers that allow a user to personalize the outer cover of a laptop, gaming device, or cellular device. According to, “With easy application (of electronic skins) and a residue-free removal, you can change up your style (of electronic devices) as frequently as you like. Skins are made of a durable vinyl material and stick directly to your device protecting against daily scuffs and scratches.”

This novelty was open and free for all students to attend to make any skin with any personalization that they wanted displayed on any of their electronic devices.

SAB paid for and brought a representative from a personalized electronic skin company to come to the University to host this event through their novelty budget. They had found the company at last year’s National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) in Nashville, Tennessee and booked them immediately at the NACA marketplace.

The process for the electronic skin took only minutes to complete. The students first had to decide which electronic device they wanted to make a personalized electronic skin for, since it was only one per student.

Devices could range from anything from a laptop to a tablet to even a phone. They were then instructed to pick either a pre-constructed picture in a binder provided by the company or pick any Google image they wanted to be put on their electronic device.

After deciding the specific personalized electronic skin, a machine printed it out. A vendor then peeled the design, stuck it on to the corresponding electronic device, and handed  it back to the student. Mac laptop users were even able to receive electronic skins with an “apple hole” for the Mac product’s trademark Apple insignia.

Some electronic skins that students created included pictures of tropical beach scenes, various quotes, University pride and other favorite Google images that held some personal value to students.

The SAB novelty event was run by Novelty Chair Executive Board Member and sophomore, Taylor Carson. Carson stated, “All of the novelty events I have run this year have been highly successful. I mean, who doesn’t like free stuff? I thought bringing this novelty [event] to campus as our last SAB event would be different and fun for all students.” Carson was more than pleased with the response of the student population to the event.

At approximately 3:40 pm SAB had ran out of signs with still an enormous line of University students waiting. The event was intended to run until 4 pm.

SAB also continued with their new novelty marketing campaign at the event: “Come get your #SABswag.”

“The hashtag #SABswag was used for every novelty event this year, in which students really responded and actively engaged in the campaign,” said SAB Historian Christine Olivio. “We are trying to drive more people to our events by using social media, like Twitter. The first 20 students that retweeted our #SABSwag tweet from our @Monmouth_SAB got a VIP pass to cut the line for this novelty event, and we plan on using it again next semester,” she said.

The chosen winners will be guaranteed that they take home a free item. At novelty events there is a limited quantity of free goods to distribute to students. It is based on a first come, first serve basis.

SAB finds the novelty events to be the most attended, especially around the holidays. Sophomore and SAB Logistic Coordinator Dylan Vargas attended the event and created a skin. Vargas said, “I overheard a lot of students who said they were in line not for themselves but for family and friends. Being so close to the holiday season and becoming busier with the ending of the school year, what better Holiday gift idea than a free item from a college student on a budget?”

Megan McGowan, Assistant Director of Student Activities and Student Center Operations, said, “#SABswag events are pop up events that are great opportunities for commuter students to stop by in-between classes and get a better sense of what SAB events are like. Hopefully, the conversations that they have with the students running the event will encourage them to come back for the weekend and evening events and really get involved with campus programming.”