I sent my under-21-intern Chandler out on her campus to find nightlife for unders, and what she found was more than just a university-sanctioned event. She went to two student run shows… both shows on the same weekend, both shows Greek in relation, both shows at Halton Arena – there was only one major difference …
And if you read my column this week, Nightlife vs. the Census, you know what I’m talking about.
By Chandler Smith-Currie
The selection of nightlife venues in the university area may be limited, but there is always something happening on the campus of UNC Charlotte. Last week I attended two events: Friday was the National Pan-Hellenic Council “Who Run This Town” Greek step show sponsored by the Black Student Union. And Saturday was the Mock Rock sponsored by the office of sorority and fraternity life.
Members of the historically black fraternities and sororities, also known as the “Divine Nine” competed to step their way to victory.
The sororities and fraternities incorporated the latest music into their routines, making it feel like we were at a club and the stage was the dance floor. I even found myself dancing in my seat a couple of times. As much as I enjoyed the show, there were a few dull moments. The chatter amongst the audience increased and before the show was even over I looked around and saw a few people starting to leave. I thought that was little rude considering how hard all the organizations worked to put on the show.
At the end of the night, the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta,Inc. who performed an Egyptian goddess theme and the men of Sigma Phi Beta, Inc. who performed as the bad boys of “Cops” took home the title of 2010 step show champions.
Saturday night was a new experience for me. I heard a little buzz about air band, but I didn’t know what to expect. After talking to my roommate, who is a member of Alpha Delta Pi, I expected to see a bunch of sororities and fraternities randomly dancing around on stage. That was an understatement ...
There were elaborate sets and back drops made for each performance to complement each group’s theme. I saw everything from the Power Rangers, “Titanic,” boy bands, “Saved by the Bell” and the Spice Girls. There was never a dull moment, especially with a guy that dressing up as a girl in heels to portray Kelly Kapowski from “Saved by the Bell.”
Just like the Step Show there were two winners, one sorority and one fraternity. The ladies of Chi Omega, who performed an Austin Powers theme took home 1st place. They did a good job but I think Alpha Delta Pi, who performed a “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” theme should have taken the title. Though I may be a little biased because my roommate is a member, but I genuinely think they put on a better show. The men of Lambda Chi Alpha took home 1st place for the second year in a row with their “Super Mario Brothers”
Both shows provided me with great entertainment for the weekend. I will admit after watching the air band show and hearing clips of the Backstreet Boys and Spice Girls I had to break out some '90s music and relive my “tween” years.
Speaking of tween years, I am getting ready to turn 21! I am one of the first among my friends to turn of legal bar age, and I want to be able to celebrate at a place where everyone will be able to join me. I mean what’s a party without your closest friends? But like I said in a previous written article, Charlotte nightlife on the weekends is not “unders friendly” and it just so happens my birthday falls on a Saturday this year.