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Flash mob invades Earth Day fest

By Laura Garsea
On April 24, 2012

Mother nature didn't stop students from celebrating Earth Day last Friday.

Despite the rain for the second year in a row, students came out to the Breezeway to enjoy food and entertainment.

The Office of Student Life and representatives from the Student Government Association helped host the event, passing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and snacks for students.

Evenmark, a local hard rock band, got students out of their seats and jumped along as the band rocked the campus.

This was Evenmark's second appearance at Richland. They performed at last year's Earth Day event.

Students, like engineering major Omer Jemal, said that they really enjoyed the band's music and that they liked how the band's instruments flowed together really well.

Members of the band include professor and adviser Jack Fletcher on bass and vocals, Cody McCubbin on vocals and guitar, Yuri Torres on drums and Eric White on lead guitar.

However, the band wasn't the only source of entertainment.

During a break between songs, a flash mob broke out to the Cupid Shuffle.

Over one hundred students and faculty and a large duck broke out in dance.

"I actually enjoyed their sound. From what I could hear they were pretty well put together."

"I had never done a flash mob before. I had seen videos on YouTube and the internet. When someone said a flash mob was happening in about thirty minutes I said I'd give it a shot," said student Drew Bramlett who participated in the dance. "I have a history of square dancing and we always do line dances and the cupid shuffle is a very easy song that we do."

The "Cupid Shuffle Flash Mob" was organized for Faculty Appreciation Week.

Flyers were passed out and posted around campus stating that they wanted to end Faculty Appreciation Week with "a big bang!"

"I went to the small gym and they had a little meetup on how things worked. They split everyone up into three groups. I was in group three so once the first two groups went on I kind of just meandered in, kind of looked around a little bit and boom, there I was."

The flash mob was successful and more than 100 people participated.

"It went smoothly but I think there was too much in one area. A lot of people came out of Crockett and from the Breezeway but not a lot of guys came from Thunderduck," Bramlett said. "It could have been spread out a little bit more but ultimately I think it turned out pretty good."

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 and aims to help increase awareness and appreciation for the environment.

Although recycling isn't a new concept for students, many don't take advantage of all the "green" resources available around campus.

"At school instead of just throwing things into the trash receptacle I make sure and actually use the recycling," Bramlett said. "If I'm at Subway I throw the paper in the "paper" and plastic bag in the "plastic" bins. That's what I try to do usually."

Recycling receptacles can be found across campus and in every building.

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