SPU students cheered on a 2-and-a-half-year-old boy in the SPU Gazebo Room on Friday night at the Mosaic-sponsored event, Club Soul.
The boy’s father, senior and Mosaic Cadre Coordinator David Carnahan, said he brought his son to experience other people’s culture.
"That’s what Mosaic’s all about," he said.
Mosaic sponsored Club Soul in order to promote student unity through music and to give students a fun time, said senior Vera Njuguna, Mosaic facilitator and administrative coordinator.
A decorating team transformed the Gazebo Room by covering its glass walls with red paper and posters of various hip-hop albums, such as Soulja Boy and Mary J. Blige.
Students and guests arrived dancing their way through the door, coming and going throughout the entire night with a crowd of almost 50 at all times. Colored lights bounced off the dancers and a live DJ took requests in addition to playing his own playlist.
The Mosaic committee chose a hip-hop theme this year because it is universal, Njuguna said.
"It’s just a fun dance party, no stress," Njuguna said. "Back in the ’90s, hip-hop was fun. We want to bring that back."
All styles of dancing could be found on the dance floor as the beat pulsed within the building and beyond the walls. The room quickly steamed up, causing students to dance both inside and outside.
Many students came simply because they heard or felt the music while walking nearby.
"SPU really doesn’t have a fun dance event," Njuguna said, which is why Mosaic chose to explore this medium as a part of their multicultural outreach on campus.
Contina Kemp, coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Programs at SPU, said Mosaic tries to represent everyone and have a balance of cultural backgrounds.
Club Soul invites everyone to come together and unite under the theme of music, because everyone loves music, she said.
"Every ethnic person is here," freshman Jazzy Oshitoye said during the dance. "It’s nice to know there are other people out there like me."
"I’m excited to see people coming together," Kemp said. "I really have a heart for diversity, a mix of people in one space at one time."
Freshman Saleh Alrwajeh said he really enjoyed the dance and would go to one like it again.
Sophomore Spencer Johnson, however, didn’t think Club Soul was successful.
"The fact that it’s on campus just makes it more like high school or middle school," Johnson said.
Carnahan also said Club Soul could work on getting a higher attendance. "The more the merrier," he said.
Oshitoye said people might have been intimidated by the name. "A lot of people, when they see that it’s hip-hop, say, ‘Oh, that’s just for black people.’ But it’s not," she said.
Johnson and Oshitoye felt the advertising could have been better, but the Mosaic coordinators felt the event was advertised well, with a lot more posters up this year than the past.
"This is progress for SPU," Njuguna said. "We all pulled through."
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Title: Club Soul busts moves | Author: Brittney Fortune | Section: News | Published Date: 2008-11-19 | Internal ID: 5836