The rhythm of DJ beats and poets’ words heard at the Campus Activities Board’s rave provided Leopards and poets from 40 different colleges a place to cut loose Wednesday night in the Campus Center Ballroom.
The Campus Center and CAB came together to create the rave, after associate director of the Campus Center, Jim Brooks, contacted CAB advisor Angie Anderson.
“He had mentioned rave, and I kind of liked the idea.” Anderson said. “I feel like when you say ‘dance,’ it feels like you’re in high school or junior high.”
“We’re really making sure the DJ has really cool lighting, effects, stuff like that.” said Spencer Contreras, CAB major events co-chairman.
The third floor of the Campus Center was darkened to give a dance hall aesthetic that was accented with lasers, balloons, strategically-placed flashing LED lights and a fog machine.
DJ Alanzo remixed old and new R&B, rap and pop songs with techno, house, and dubstep beats.
“It reminds me of a bat mitzvah,” University of Washington creative writing major Shelby Handler said.
The dance floor had a variety of different dance levels. Styles ranged from simplistic fist pumping to fully involved techniques such as strut walking.
“Everybody is in a good atmosphere,” Eastern Michigan University criminal justice major Larissa Laslo said, “It’s a good mix of people; they’re all pretty different.”
CAB did not succeed creating a rave, but they did create an environment where the poets from the different colleges could meet each other outside of the competition.
“I think the best part is to build a community with the other teams here,” UC Berkeley interdisciplinary field studies major Natasha Huey said.
“We can share each other’s stories and come together at a social level too,” Huey said.
Most of the students socialized outside the dance hall, where tables were lined up together with an assortment of foods.
The food selection provided by Bon Appétit was popular with attendees and gave students an opportunity to talk to each other and relax.
“The food is amazing,” Cal State Northridge communications major Danyial Motiwala said. “In the competitions, you get heated. You’re constantly stressed and this is a stress break.”
“If we get a good turnout and the students like it, we’ll definitely bring it back.” Anderson said.
The College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, which started Wednesday, continues this weekend at the University with the final round at 7 p.m. tomorrow. This portion of the Invitational will include a performance by slam poet Beau Sia.
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