CAB planning WKU Big Red’s 32nd birthday party

Melissa Hardesty

Campus Activities Board wants to help WKU students show Big Red some love on his 32nd birthday.

CAB will on Wednesday host Big Red’s Birthday Bash in the Preston Center.

The event will feature activities such as laser tag, an obstacle course, a Velcro wall, a mechanical bull, inflatable boxing and a caricature artist.

There will also be traditional birthday party activities — a magician, a DJ and a five-tier birthday cake, according to CAB news release.

Sylvia Reyes, CAB president, said the organization hopes to have the WKU band, cheerleaders and singing groups Major Redz and Amazing Tones of Joy involved in the celebration.

Everything is free for all WKU students when they show their WKU IDs. The party will begin at 11 p.m. and end at 1 a.m. At midnight, there will be a toast to Big Red, followed by the birthday cake.

For his birthday, Big Red is asking for toy donations for children in need during the upcoming holiday season. Donations are not required but are appreciated.

“We definitely want to attach the Western spirit to this party, and a giving spirit is a big part of Western,” said Kenneth Johnson, assistant director of Student Activities.

The toys will either be given to Toys for Tots, a national organization sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps or the Salvation Army, said Johnson.

Toys for Tots’ goal is “to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens,” according to the Toys for Tots website. All donated toys should be new and unwrapped.

This is CAB’s first year participating in Big Red’s birthday celebration, so all the members are very excited, said Reyes.

CAB is prepared to host about 600 to 1,200 students at the party.

If the event is a success, CAB plans to participate in future celebrations and increase the scale of the event.

“Hopefully this event will be on a scale that would make Big Red proud,” Johnson said.

According to, Big Red was born in the fall of 1979 and celebrates its birthday on Dec. 1.

Big Red was originally designed and built by WKU student Ralph Carey, a member of the class of 1980 and Cincinnati native.