Did you enjoy Comedy Week? We know we did! Get some background information on the event and see what Obella, the Director of Mainstage events, had to say!
SEB’s annual Comedy Week started off with the hilarious movie “We Are The Millers” and the week only continued to get better with the “Whose Line is it Anyway?” event, the student comedian competition, and finally ending with a bang with the comedian, Tommy Johnagin. This year’s Comedy Week was definitely one of the best as a result of the planning done by Obella Obbo and the Student Events Board.
Obella and SEB started planning for this week way ahead of time, which in his opinion, “inevitably helped it run so smoothly”. He also found Tommy Johnagin a while ago and when talking about Johnagin, Obella said, “I thought he was hysterical and genuinely a great guy!” Well you were definitely right, Obella!
Not only did Comedy Week bring out some good laughs, it also allowed for participation, which made it all the more enjoyable. As Obella said, “I think it was awesome we got to utilize some of our own students as a part of the week and I think that’s why it was so well attended which is a great representation of WAC pride.”
Comedy Week certainly brought our campus together for some good fun and laughter and we hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to look forward to having more fun at our events next semester!
In case you missed the Henna event, here is a recap!
Henna, a traditional temporary tattoo, is used mostly in the Middle East and India and given to women who are about to get married, but men can also get henna done. How cool is it to get a temporary tattoo?
During the event, students were able to choose from a selection of designs to get done by the henna artist. These tattoos usually last about two weeks and are created with reddish brown “ink”. Several students came to the event and seemed to enjoy getting Henna! Shana, the Director of Arts and Entertainment, said, “I find that the event was extremely successful as 60+ people got cool tattoos and learned a little something also! The lady who came in to do them was very informative and lovely!”
There you have it! Henna culture has spread across campus!
Guess what?! SEB’s annual Comedy Week is happening next week, starting on November 18th and ending on November 22nd with an astonishing performance from the comedian, Tommy Johnagin. What does Comedy Week entail you ask? Read on to see what you have to look forward to!
Comedy Week is a chance to get your mind off exams and essays, if only for a little while, and enjoy some awesomely funny acts. This year’s Comedy Week will be full of hilarious events and competitions, but, most importantly, it will feature Tommy Johnagin, a comedian who has had several appearances on David Letterman, Comedy Central, and Conan.
The week will start off with a SEB movie night featuring “We’re The Millers” in the Goose Nest at 8pm. Tuesday will showcase Whose Line is it Anyway, in which your own peers will dish out their own comedic talents for your entertainment in the Egg at 7pm. If you are interested in seeing your peers compete for the title of best comedian, come out and watch the Student Comedy Competition on Wednesday in the Egg at 7pm. Then on Thursday come be a model and get your portrait done by the Caricature artists in the Egg at 11am for free! Then later you can go check out the street performer, Ian Flinn, in Martha Washington Square at 2:30pm. Finally, on Friday come to the most hilarious event of the whole week: Tommy Johnagin’s headlining comedy show! His performance is based around a comedic autobiography that will make you laugh from beginning to end! If you are interested in attending, you can pick up free tickets either in the Office of Student Activites, located across from Java George, or SEB’s table in Hodson, which will be set up starting Wednesday, November 13 to Friday, November 22. You can even pick them up at the door to Decker Theater as you go in to enjoy the performance! All guest tickets (non-student, faculty or staff) will be $5. Tommy Johnagin’s act will be showcased in Decker Theater on Friday, November 22 at 7pm, so be sure to come out and have a great laugh!
Want more information about Tommy Johnagin? Check out his website at http://tommyjcomedy.com/ and watch a sample of his act in the youtube video below!
Hope to see you all throughout this awesome week!
The tricks and treats of SEB’s Halloween Party!
“The Halloween party was probably one of the most, if not the most successful, themed party we’ve had at WAC (outside of birthday ball and homecoming of course).”
-Shana Brouder, Director of Arts and Entertainment
The SEB Halloween party, which has been the best themed party as of yet according to Shana Brouder, was definitely a success. There was a consistent amount of people in attendance, everyone was dancing, and the floor was free of conflict. But why was the party such a success? The success was a result of Shana going above and beyond to make this party different and more interactive than ever.
While planning the event, Shana found that the most important aspect of the party was to get people involved and active and this led her to the idea of making a raffle. Not only did the raffle encourage people to come to the party and participate, but it also eradicated the possibility of discouraging different groups in coming at all. Nobody likes feeling left out!
The most difficult part of planning the event, said Shana, was the decision against making it an official costume party, but in the end it made it more successful. More people were willing to come because they did not have to dress up and the people who wanted to dress up got to come as well and be entered into the raffle. All in all, Shana made the best decision.
SEB’s Halloween Party came out on top with its interactive raffle and lack of strict costume rule. Such a success brings Shana hope for her coming events. She said, “I’m really pleased with the results and am hoping that this will be the first small party of many with the same success. I’m hoping to change the attitude of the general student body about these types of events.”
Looking for another amazing SEB party to go to? Come to SEB’s 90’s party on November 15th at 9pm.
Have you ever wondered who sets up for events? Who works out the kinks of the technology so that we can have a good time? Read our new blog post that describes a day in the life of an OSA technical engineer.
So there I am dancing at an event such as Homecoming or the Fall Country Concert, jamming to the flawless groovy sounds and feeling the rhythm, not even thinking about the work that goes into putting this amazing event together. But someone has to put the microphones and speakers out right? Right, and those amazing people are our OSA Technical Engineers or better know as “Techie Magicians”.
When asked to describe the day in the life of a technician, Richard Grouser said, “The life of a sound tech is an interesting one. The hours and the jobs are constantly changing and things never seem to go as planned. As a tech, you really have to be quick on your feet and able to adapt.” Boy, was he right. After hearing about the various hiccups and challenges that went on during the Fall Country Concert, I can’t help but to be impressed and thankful for these “Magicians”.
First, the technicians started setting up for the Fall Country Concert at 12:30pm. This includes hooking up four towers, four subs, four to five monitors, microphones, stands and much more. After everything was set up, they had plenty of time to double check everything and ensure that the new digital board would work fine in its first live setting usage. Thankfully, everything was set up and ready to go at 4pm, so the group had time to go eat, but it was at this time that they found out that the first act, Clayton Anderson was not coming, which was in Richard’s words, “a blessing and a curse”. They had extra time to relax since they did not have to have a sound check until 5:30pm, but on the other hand, they had to totally rearrange the equipment into the set up that the opening act, Chris Cavanaugh, wanted.
As Chris Cavanaugh arrived, the technicians helped the group load their equipment on stage, set up everyone’s microphone, and ran through sound check. While most of the process went smoothly, Richard did have some issues with the new system and getting all of the monitor mixes. Then, just as everything was finally worked out, Clayton Anderson called and said that he was going to make it and would be there by 10pm. This news meant that the technicians would have to quickly get everything set up and ready to go for a band that they had never done a sound check for.
The concert finally began and everything was running smoothly. Jocelyn Faro opened and Chris Cavanaugh followed behind. However, during Chris Cavanaugh’s performance the technicians found that they had to fix the volume levels for each instrument and vocals for the perfect blend, despite having had a sound check earlier. Then, Clayton Anderson arrived and the technicians ran into another problem: they did not have enough floor monitors, but they managed to work everything out and Clayton Anderson’s performance went great. So great that the technicians had some calls from the local police responding to noise complaints, which in Richard’s mind meant that the concert was a success!
After the concert, the technicians have to clean up, which isn’t exactly their most favorite thing to do since the concert ended at 12am and they had been working since lunchtime. They pack up all the equipment and put it away for safekeeping and are finally done with the Fall Country Concert at 1am.
Despite the stress and challenges of being an OSA technical engineer, the technicians express their love for the job, as they get to meet new people, have the perks of meeting bands, playing with bands, and see different campus activities and events. Also, they get another family unit, as they all become very close. As Michelle Coleman said, “Some might think of it as just a job with rules and employees and bosses, but I don’t see it that way. I think of my team as my family comprised of a bunch of goofballs.” With all this in mind, the next time I go to an event, I will definitely be thinking about all the hard work that went into its set up and how thankful I am to have amazing technical engineers working for the Office of Student Activities.