The Center for Diversity and The Black Student Union held a Motown dance party last night to moderate turnout.
“We just thought this would be a good way to kick off black history month,” diversity officer Leah Shelton, one of the organizers, said.
Students were slow to join the dance party; a half hour into the event staff members and their children still out numbered CWU students. Students could be seen at times dancing to the music out in the hall, far away from the revelry.
“I told my students to come down here,” said UESL staff member Sarah Luerken, who brought her husband and sleeping infant to the dance, “but I’ve not seen any yet.”
“You know what I think is sad?” asked former Black Student Union staff member Coleen Gelatt, “How many people there are outside looking in, wanting to come in and dance, and afraid to.”
Students meandered in and out of the wide open rooms, where staff members continually danced joyfully while small children ran and slid on the dance floor. A DJ MC’ed the event via microphone, letting the revelers know which Motown musicians were responsible for which songs and judging a series of dance contests and trivia questions. The winners of the dance contests, such as a twist contest, and trivia questions, such as name that artist, were awarded with a piece of CWU merchandise of their choosing.
“I love it!” former CWU student Megan Henderson enthused, adding that she loves dancing here.
“I think it’s a great event,” said Blanca Ramos, who works for the diversity center, “inviting a lot of diversity, ethnicities, to come.”
The party goers gamely danced solo, in small pairs, and as a whole-at one point forming two lines that individuals uniquely danced down; another time they formed a human train, that made its way around the room.
According to Mal Stewman, another diversity officer, there will be “a lot more Black Student Union events this month.” On Monday a poster, with the rest of the month’s event’s, will appear around campus. Other upcoming events will be held on Feb 11th , 25th, and 26th.