Category: Campus

K-Pop dance showcase miXxes it up

By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
@katreenz

/ PHOTO BY Katrina Uy

K-Pop has more of a following at BU than one might think./ PHOTO BY Katrina Uy

On Friday night the first Korean pop dance showcase, miXx It Up!, was held in Jacob Sleeper Auditorium with over 150 people in attendance.

If there’s an award for the club with the most interesting concept, it’s got to go to miXx, hands down: it’s currently the only dance group on campus that solely focuses on “K-Pop,” or Korean pop, a catchy musical genre that has taken the world by storm. Each month, the club learns the original choreography to dances performed by various K-Pop artists and makes music videos of each dance.

Whether you’re a K-Pop fan or not, the show was very high in energy and each and every performance was an explosion of fun, with audience members cheering performers on for two hours straight.

The club kicked off the show with a cover of the incredibly upbeat “I Got A Boy” by Girls’ Generation. Other memorable performances included covers of “Growl” by EXO and “We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2” by BTS. During a medley of “Animal” by Jo Kwon and “Dr. Feel Good” by RaNia, all of the male dancers turned up the heat in the auditorium by stripping down to booty shorts and taking off their shirts.

Although the group has performed at various events throughout the year, including Boston University China Care Fund’s So You Think BU Can Dance?, BU’s Relay for Life and cultural shows held by BU’s Filipino Student Association and Korean Student Association, miXx it up! was the first time the club had an entire show to themselves to show off all the dances they had worked on after seven months of practicing.

/ PHOTO BY Katrina Uy

The club learns the original choreography to dances performed by various K-Pop artists./ PHOTO BY Katrina Uy

Dondré Gumbs, president of miXx and a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, explained to the audience how the club first started: he and Trisha Briones, miXx’s vice president who is also a senior in CAS, began a K-Pop cover group of just five members in Japan while they were both studying abroad last year. When they returned to BU in the fall, they decided to bring miXx to campus and were astounded when over 100 people expressed interest and ultimately joined.

Though the stage in Jacob Sleeper Auditorium was small, performers often danced into the aisles, making for a more interactive show with the audience.

“Although I can’t understand the language, K-Pop music is always really catchy and fun,” said College of Arts and Sciences junior Michelle Chen. “A lot of time K-Pop includes choreographed dancing and it makes it hard not to be addicted to the music…Watching miXx’s show was just like watching K-Pop music videos. Everyone looked like they were having so much fun and I felt like I wanted to join in and dance with them. I could tell that they put a lot of work and effort into the show, and what was even more surprising was seeing how many members were in miXx,” Chen said.

It was an exciting and fun night shared by all, and audience members were seen leaving the auditorium humming along to K-Pop songs the group had covered.

Spotlight: New Admissions Reception Center opens

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
@stacyscootover

Thinking back to when I was a prospective student trying to find the college of my dreams, I remember certain campus elements that I often compared: the dining hall, the library, the fitness center… and the admissions building.

While Boston University’s old admissions building is nice, I remember that when I visited there wasn’t enough space for the amount of prospective students and their families. The spot on Bay State Road where it resided was pretty, but it was further away from the George Sherman Union and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The new BU Admissions Reception Center relocated to 233 Bay State Road, which is a five-minute walk from the GSU and the School of Management. It’s next to the BU Castle, has a better view of the Esplanade and is a larger space that will accommodate more prospective Terriers.

This address used to be the Hillel House, but has since been renovated and enlarged. The building is now connected to the Castle, which provides restroom access and better transportation for handicapped guests. The interior was enlarged to improve circulation and to meet capacity regulations.

Not only was the interior of the building improved, but the sidewalks and plaza next to it were expanded as well. As the face of BU, the center gives the university a more modern vibe. Were I a prospective student this year, I would be very impressed.

Delta Lambda Phi hosts drag ball at BU

By Alex H. Wagner, Staff Writer
@AlexHWagner

It was like any other party: a dizzying flash of colored lights, music blasting at deafening volumes, and bodies contorting through the darkness. Then the music dissipated, and lights revealed the stage. Entering from the left, with red high heels, bobbed hair, and wearing a red, silver and gold sequined dress, the drag queen known as Mizery grabbed a microphone.

“Alright, I need a tissue, because I am sweating like a hooker in church,” she says.

So began the drag ball, one of the first on Boston University’s campus in several years (the last drag ball was organized by Spectrum at BU). Patrick Johnson, a member of Delta Lambda Phi, felt it was time the social fraternity hosted such an event, being the only one on campus openly supportive of men of all sexual and gender identities.

Students formed on the dance floor certainly expressed such excitement as Mizery alternated between lip-syncing to Beyoncé and interacting with the audience. In one instance, she playfully claimed one audience member as her husband, saying she’d have to fatten him up with corn bread and black-eyed peas when they went home.

“She’s an amazing performer, ‘The Living Legend Mizery,’ as she calls herself,” says Alexander Delgado, president of Delta Lambda Phi. Delgado also indicated the ball was meant to promote safer sex, hence their partnership with Student Health Services. Free condoms and dental dams were distributed at the entrance.

Of course, even this was embraced as part of the fun, or, for Johnson, as part of the pun, who painted his face red and yellow.

“The red is ketchup and the yellow is mustard, and I’m throwing out condoms, so I’ll be condom-ment,” he says.

BU’s sixth annual Relay for Life

By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
@katreenz

The luminaria for the Relay for Life./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Steve Beger

The luminaria ceremony for the Relay for Life./ PHOTO VIA Flickr user Steve Beger

It’s an overnight fundraising walk. It’s a way to remember and celebrate those lost to cancer and those who have survived it. It’s a great bonding experience to share with family and friends. And above all, it’s a way to fight back against the debilitating disease that affects so many individuals every day.

I’m talking, of course, about Relay for Life. Boston University’s sixth annual Relay was held from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday night at the Track and Tennis Center and was run by BU’s Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) chapter, with over 1,250 people in attendance.

Relay for Life is a worldwide movement and annual event run by the American Cancer Society that more than 3.5 million people participate in and register for (in teams) each year. Over the course of 12 hours, members of each team take turns walking around a track, symbolizing the ongoing fight against cancer.

Every participant helps make a change in the effort to rid the world of cancer, whether it’s by fundraising, participating in the actual event, or simply spreading awareness about the disease.

I always wanted to participate in Relay for Life when I was in high school, but unfortunately I never got a chance. This year marked my second time joining my favorite student group’s Relay team. The most emotional and touching moment of the night, in my opinion, was the Luminaria Ceremony, where the Track and Tennis Center was slowly illuminated as people cracked glow sticks to honor those they knew who had lost their battles to cancer.

Andrew Mullins, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been participating in Relay for Life since his freshman year of high school and has served on the CAC Committee that plans BU’s Relay all four years of his college career.

“Generally, I relay to find a cure for cancer and to celebrate everyone who has survived and is currently battling cancer,” said Mullins. “Personally, I relay for my mother who survived Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and has been cancer-free for four years, as well as my grandmother and many aunts and uncles who have survived or lost the battle to cancer.”

Teams signed up for plenty of activities held throughout the night, some of which include a dodgeball tournament, Family Feud, Minute to Win It, and The Amazing Race. There was also a short Zumba session held at two a.m. to wake everyone up as the night progressed into the wee hours of the morning, along with a few speakers who were either survivors or had been affected by the disease who spoke about why they chose to relay and raise awareness about cancer.

“We had 103 teams register, which surpassed the committee goal! We also raised over $84,500.” Mullins said. “Everyone seemed to be having a great time the entire night, and I am extremely happy with how the event turned out. The activities, ceremonies, and speakers were all amazing.”

There might not be a cure for cancer yet, but one day there will be. To see such a large group of people come together for one cause only showed that together we are fighting cancer, one day at a time.

BU’s first spirit week is a promising start for school pride

By Ann Singer and Katrina Uy, Staff Writers
@annmsinger @katreenz

Quiz time for Mr. and Ms. BU contestants./ PHOTO BY Katrina Uy

Quiz time for Mr. and Ms. BU contestants./ PHOTO BY Katrina Uy

Boston University’s first spirit week took over campus last week, offering a wide array of activities including Residence Hall Association (RHA) carnival events, a pep rally and lacrosse game  and a Mr. and Mrs. BU pageant.

The RHA hosted a carnival on Thursday that consisted of nine separate events such as: pie your RA, mini golf, and popcorn and Polaroids, among others. The events were meant to foster a greater sense of community on campus and encourage school spirit throughout.

Some, like Gonzalo Zeballos, vice president of the South Campus RHA and host of the free henna and Ben & Jerry’s portion of the carnival, felt a need for such activities.

“…as you know, in BU there is not a lot of cohesion in terms of community,” said Zeballos. “We thought this was going to help people be more excited, and at the same time we serve as an envoy to tell other people what is happening because it’s really hard to get everyone at BU to know what is going on, when something is happening or not…we really want this to be a thing that’s going to increase more awareness and get bigger every year.”

Spreading the treats and the message quickly, RHA ran out of ice cream way before its scheduled end, revealing a general sense of good spirit and camaraderie.

Down the street at Warren Towers the Spring clothing swap was another event designed to boost school spirit. Residents were asked to donate clothes and for every article of clothing donated a ticket was earned to get a different article of clothing at the swap.

“I think it’s a really nice way to donate clothes for each other and for organizations like Goodwill,” said Joy Wang of the Warren Towers’ RHA. “I think [Spirit Week] is helping…You don’t have to be living in that certain place to go, and so you can get to know other people, and that’s a way to spread the spirit of BU,” said Wang.

Despite the low turnout, with about 10 people in the room at a time, those who showed up co-mingled and seemed to have had a good time.

The week’s festivities culminated with the Mr. & Ms. BU pageant on Friday night, held at the Jacob Sleeper Auditorium inside the College of General Studies (CGS). Couples from a participating colleges and student groups competed in a multitude of games, including a trivia game about Boston and a blind taste test hosted by BU’s Dining Services, as the audience cheered them on.

The night was all about fun and friendly competition, adding to the overall atmosphere of school pride. It was also the first year the Mr. and Ms. BU competition involved student clubs, instead of just school representatives.

“It was really fun, and it was my first time going to an event like this, where there was a lot of school spirit,” said Alejandra Cambonchi, a junior in the College of Engineering.

Monica Weitekamp, a junior in the College of Engineering, added, “I thought the skits at the end were really great, and I wasn’t surprised at all by the turnout at the event or the amount of spirit everyone had.”

The night ended with Bryan Cosca (ENG ’14) and Trisha Serquina (ENG ’15) of the BU Filipino Student Association winning the title of Mr. & Ms. BU 2014, with Cory Azmon and Sarah Jasper from the School of Education (SED) as runners up.

Even though a majority of students didn’t know what Spirit Week was, localized events like the Spring clothing swap and larger events like the Mr. and Mrs. BU pageant helped spread the word and change things little by little. Overall, it was a good start to foster school spirit.

Spotlight: BU Snaps: The Next Big Thing?

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
@stacyscootover

PHOTO VIA BU Snaps Facebook page

Will BU Snaps be the next big thing?/ PHOTO VIA BU Snaps Facebook page

First we had BU Crushes and BU Confessions, and now… BU Snaps?

BU Snaps already has more than 1,8oo Facebook likes after its creation on February 21st. It’s surely catching up to the other main anonymous Boston University entertaining Facebook pages. BU Crushes 2.0 currently holds 2,732 likes after joining in September.

BU students can screenshot funny snapchats they receive and message them to BU Snaps via their Facebook page, or through their twitter @BUsnaps.

School of Hospitality Administration freshman Maura Feltault sees the positive in the newest BU page. “I think it’s a good way for the BU students to come together as more of a community,” said Feltault. “It’s always fun to see what other people are up to and this is a great way for students to stay in touch.”

Some students, however, don’t feel the same enthusiasm about BU Snaps.

“I don’t like knowing that anyone could screenshot my snapchat and submit it onto this Facebook page without my consent,” said Lauren Howard, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. “I understand I’m sending the snapchat, but to people who I decide, not a portion of the BU population that I don’t know.”

The snapchats range from food arrangements and partying, to “selfies” and views of the city.

While some may use this social media outlet to embarrass friends (all in good fun) or showcase funny or pretty pictures via snapchat, BU Snaps’s main goal is for students to share their life moments at BU.

With 157 snapchats shared and counting, the future of BU Snaps looks bright. With BU Confessions and BU Crushes 2.0 starting to fade on popularity growth, BU Snaps could be the next big thing.

Throwback Thursday: Dear Freshman Year

By Kyra Louie, Staff Writer
@beammeupkyra

College goes by faster than you'd think, BU freshmen./ PHOTO BY Kyra Louie

College goes by faster than you’d think, BU freshmen./ PHOTO BY Kyra Louie

I’ve interviewed 11 Boston University students and alumni and asked them, “What would you say to your freshman self?” Some people were funny about it, some people were serious, but all answers were straight up honest. Freshmen, I hope you take these quotes into consideration as you spend the rest of your semester growing into your own skin. These students have some great advice.

“Spend more time with good people and less time in SMG. Also make better decisions.” – Will Dunn, 24 (SMG ’12)

“Everything always ends up being fine in the end. Don’t have any regrets for the hard work you put in.”- Sean Marria-Nelson, 22 (COM ’14)

“Never try to finish an entire dinner portion and cheesecake slice at the Cheesecake Factory. It’s a bad idea. Some people are not going to care about the things that you care about. Some people are inherently rude or mean but there will always be loving people to combat those jerks.” – Kathryn Vaz, 19 (COM ’16)

“Pursue the major that makes you happy from the beginning, rather than trying to stick with the one that you feel like you are expected to pursue.” – Beth Whatley, 22 (CAS ’13)

“Get your ass out of bed and go make some friends. Enjoy your freedom while it lasts.” – Christina Garzillo, 21 (CAS ’14)

“Be a little more social and confident.” – Deanna Garzillo, 21 (CAS ’14)

“Break up with your long distance girlfriend. Don’t let your major mandate what you can and can’t do. Find another way to paint.” – Max Davis, 20 (SMG ’16)

“Being physically close to someone isn’t the same thing as hanging out. Remember that when you room with your best friend and keep growing in friendship.” – Doully Yang, 22 (ENG ’14)

“No matter what grade you get, you are amazing. Put yourself over your studies, your social life and your commitments because after this all that matters is that you did what made you happy.” – Avion Cummings, 19 (SAR ’16)

“Kid, you’ll never have free time like this again. Make the most of it.” – Jason Chan, 27 (CAS ’08)

“Worry less, take more risks, and stop procrastinating. Take advantage of more of what Boston has to offer.” – Isabel da Rosa, 21 (COM ’14)

As for my advice to my freshman self and current/future freshmen, you don’t have time to waste on people that don’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated. People come in and out of your life. Your friends and significant others will change. Let it happen. It’s their loss, not yours.

Fusion Presents: ELEMENTS XIV Dance Competition

By Katrina Uy, Staff Writer
@katreenz

UPro performs at Fusion's ELEMENTS XIV/ PHOTO BY Katrina Uy

UPro performs at Fusion’s ELEMENTS XIV/ PHOTO BY Katrina Uy

Static and electrifying – that was what the energy was like on Saturday night. The audience screamed their support as dancers threw themselves across the stage with flips and stunts.

Fusion, Boston University’s leading on-campus hip hop dance troupe, hosted ELEMENTS XIV, its annual dance competition in Metcalf Ballroom. Some of the best dance crews from all over the east coast performed, including The Mooks, Northeastern’s Kinematix, and UFP.

The night’s winners were Static Noyze, Capital Funk, and PROject Nailz. All three crews have competed at ELEMENTS before.

Using a blend of contemporary dance and hip hop, Static Noyze, a group known for its visionary themes and story-lines in its sets, earned first place with its unique telling of a power struggle between an Egyptian queen and king.

Capital Funk and PROject Nailz also performed sets that stood out from the line-up of competitors. PROject Nailz had arguably one of the funniest and most memorable sets of the night, and highlighted some of its dancers by dressing them as various characters from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”.

Many of BU’s own dance groups also competed. Aside from Fusion, who opened and closed the competition with two separate sets, Unofficial Project (also known as UPro), an Asian hip hop dance troupe that “combines elements of Asian and American hip hop culture,” and Vibes, BU’s only all-female hip hop dance group, also performed in the first half of the show.

Beau Fournier played host to the event once again this year. Fournier is a dancer and choreographer of the Los Angeles-based crew, Fanny Pak. His commentary and antics served as transitions between the competing crews’ sets.

In addition to Fournier, Vinh Nguyen, Pat Cruz, and James Alsop served as judges for the competition, all of whom are dancers and choreographers with stunning credentials. Alsop has even worked and choreographed for the Queen of Pop herself – Beyoncé.

Crazy impressive, right?

It was definitely a night to remember for the dance community. The atmosphere was so intense that even non-dancers were sure to have a good time. And if you missed out on getting tickets for the show, don’t fret. On Sunday, Nguyen, Cruz, Alsop, and Fournier will hold workshops all day in Metcalf Ballroom. Prices can be found on the ELEMENTS XIV Facebook event page.

Redstone Film Festival Features BU Students

By Alex H. Wagner, Staff Writer
@AlexHWagner

The typical markings of a Hollywood-esque awards show: red carpet (check), searchlights (check), and immaculate venue (check). Now all that’s missing are the high-profile stars and their big-budget period dramas.

Yet even without the parade of Armani and Oscar de la Renta, Boston University’s very own Redstone Film Festival displayed an impressive array of film-making talent. The annual event showcases films created by BU students in the College of Communication, and is one of the premiere film festivals in New England. Past Redstone Film Festival award winners have gone on to direct, write and produce films such as “Runaway Jury,” Alice in Wonderland” and “The Bourne Identity.”

The five short films shown last night varied from the heartwarming story of a girl who asks Santa to turn her into a boy, to the bizarre tale of an octopus-wrestling animal fighter.

Kate Brown, whose film “Our Way Out” depicts the struggles of the LGBT community in high school, said she wanted to make a film that “would mean something to someone.”

“I just wanted spark a conversation within the community about real issues that are going on in schools today and the real fear and the real pressure that students face,” said Brown, a  graduate student in the College of Communication. Her film garnered the second place award.

Although all of the finalists walked away with at least one award — which included prizes from Canon and Avid — “Ears of Cherry,” by College of Communication graduate student Helen Jiang, ended up taking the top prize of the evening. Her film also won awards for Best Editing and Best Screenplay. What’s most important, however, is for students, faculty and staff to come together to appreciate the final product, says Jan Egleson, Associate Professor of the Practice of Film and Television in the College of Communication.

“I mean, awards are fun, they have their place, but really the wonderful thing is that we all gather as a community, see what we’ve done, and celebrate each other’s work. That’s a great thing,” said Egleson.

Two Schools, Two Pianos

By Alex H. Wagner
@AlexHWagner

Although the idea of dueling pianos tends to share connotations with a Bugs Bunny cartoon, in reality the act of playing music in a pair or group brings unlikely groups together. In this instance, that divide is the Charles River separating Boston University and Harvard.

For the first time, BU and Harvard students played a joint recital at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center, as part of the Two Piano Project, a collaborative effort between piano programs at the two schools. The projected was formulated last summer by BU’s Piano Department chairman Boaz Sharon, BU doctoral candidate Anna Arazi and George Ko, Co-President of the Harvard College Piano Society.

Auburn Lee, one of the Harvard pianists, agrees that the shared recital between schools is something special. Having pianists from both schools “coming together to make music…that’s really the coolest part.”

When asked what his personal goals were for the evening, Lee kept it simple: to play well, and to tell a story.

The Two Piano Project turned out to be quite a treat, especially after several pianos hit the streets of Boston last Fall for the “Play Me, I’m Yours” art project.

Check out BU and Harvard battle it out on the piano below: