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ISSUE 116 VOL 12 PUBLISHED 2/28/2003

Hip-hop dance unites multi-cultural crowd

By Carolyn Brostrom
Contributing Writer

Friday, February 28, 2003

On Friday, a sizeable crowd of St. Olaf students gathered in the Pause for a “hip-hop” dance celebrating Black History Month.

When the dance began at 8 p.m., live DJs (all St. Olaf students) began blasting today’s hottest R&B and rap hits. Music from Nelly and Outkast blared from the speakers and echoed throughout Buntrock late into the night, and many students managed to keep their groove on until nearly 1 a.m.

The dance was an informal affair, and most students arrived casually dressed in jeans and t-shirts. Many came with their friends, hung out and danced in big groups on the dance floor.

One of the highlights of the dance occurred early in the evening. During one of the dance’s particularly rousing hip-hop songs, a large circle of students formed, and some brave and talented break-dancers stole the spotlight by showing off their smooth and impressive moves.

DJs Herbie Washington ‘03, John Chapman ‘03 and Mohamed Mohamed ‘03 spun many modern hits, but were unafraid to bust out some classic songs from the 80s, like the Sir Mix-A-Lot favorite, “Baby Got Back.”

Those in charge of music selection did a great job of catering to the tastes of the crowd. Whenever the first few notes of a popular hit came blasting over the speakers, students cheered and sang or rapped along to the best of their abilities.

The dance, which was one of several school-sponsored events that has been organized in commemoration of Black History Month, brought together members of the many different races represented at St. Olaf. Students of various ethnic backgrounds danced the night away together and had a great time.

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