Hopping into 107.7 The Bronc’s Eggcellent Egg Hunt

By Tristan E. M. Leach

Some people think of Easter egg hunts as child’s play, but “107.7 The Bronc’s Eggcellent Egg Hunt” is the true representation of survival of the fittest. 

The three-minute hunt had students running and diving for the grand prize of an all-inclusive Royal Caribbean Cruise, with only one lucky participant sailing into the sunset. On March 26, 107.7 The Bronc held its annual egg hunt, returning with something for everyone. 

Games dotted the lush green lawn of the Campus Mall as AJ the Bronc took turns tossing a giant horseshoe. Students laughed as their friends launched oversized inflatable balls at giant red cups, while others played their way through the mini golf course as music sounded. 

In one corner of the lawn, a petting zoo brought to Rider the fluffy faces of sheep, goats, alpacas, and the crowd favorite, a black and white bunny. Students crowded around their favorite animals and watched as the donkeys, sheep and goats enjoyed a snack of Rider’s green grass. A more curious goat even tried to take a bite out of a student’s Squishmallow keychain. 

These little creatures are part of why Nicole Filipowicz, a sophomore environmental science major, attended the event. 

“All my friends were going and there are goats,” said Filipowicz with a smile. 

For the arts and crafts lovers, 107.7 The Bronc provided spin art, Easter egg dyeing and sand art, a throwback to many students’ childhoods. The colorful works added to the spring feeling that danced through the air. 

107.7 The Bronc’s Easter Bunny stands next to activity signs. Amethyst Martinez/The Rider News.

Angelina Messina, a junior cybersecurity major, said, “I’m really excited to participate in some of the events, pet the animals then grab some food and hangout with friends.” 

As the time for the egg hunt drew closer, the anticipation of the main event grew. Students began to line the perimeter of the lawn, where 10,000 eggs lay in wait, just one in the sea of pastel-colored plastic holding the grand prize. Yellow, blue and pink bags were passed out by student workers of 107.7 The Bronc. 

At 12:30 p.m., a 10-second countdown began. When the buzzer went off, it was every student for themself. Within moments students were lining up to collect their prizes. One lucky student would crack open their egg to find the Royal Carribean Cruise waiting for him. 

Dylan Sack, a sophomore health science major, happily clutched the certificate for the all-inclusive package that will take himself and his girlfriend, Angela Rizzo ’23, on the high seas. 

“I ran towards the middle and when I flipped [the egg] open and I looked at it, I felt the adrenaline start to go,” said Sack. 

Of course, the hunt would not have been possible without the diligent student workers of 107.7 The Bronc and the station’s director,  John Mozes. Starting at 5 a.m., Mozes and his team got to work, setting up the DJ booth, prepping the arts and crafts booths and spreading the eggs out on the lawn. 

Rosalyn Tiangco, a sophomore arts and entertainment industries management major, is a student worker for 107.7 The Bronc. 

“The process has been so long,” Tiangco said. “We planned this months in advance, pretty much from the fall semester we started to plan [the egg hunt] and started working on eggs, getting the prizes together and figuring out the fine details of it. [The egg hunt] is genuinely so much fun.”

It was this labor of love that had students, staff and community members coming together to have fun and enjoy the Eggcellent Egg Hunt. 

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