As expected, Woo Fest 2015 was incredible. Every spring the one night to remember is always the largest male talent show in the Riverside area, if not all of Southern California. And similar to the Halloween event last semester, I enjoyed the whole event even more as an organizer than I did as an observer. Let me tell you why.
By 5:30 p.m., all of the RAs on campus met at the Van Dyne gym to set up for the pre-party. A large white tent covered the grass outside of the gym with lights strung across the poles and tables lining the perimeter. Each table offered only the finest of delicious treats: buttered popcorn, cinnamon churros, crème sodas, candies, and milk and cookies. To top it all off, a s’more bar to the side offered gooey graham cracker goodness. I cooked popcorn all through the night and loved every second of it. From almost every living area, limousines chauffeured finely dressed students across campus to the gym to start the night off right. Woo Fest’s theme is traditionally fancy with a twist, this year being circus themed. A beautifully crafted circus elephant cake stood in the corner for students to take pictures with. Relaxing with classy music and soft lighting felt wonderful after a long week. Then the doors to the gym opened and the show began.
Excited, well-dressed students packed every seat in the gym leaving us RAs standing in the back just to accommodate maximum capacity. The show was worth it, too. The first act was a quartet with beatboxer who set a high standard for acts to follow. The rest followed suit with Michael Jackson arrangements, piano-driven love song medleys, and creative lip-syncing. The final act, though, was the RA men, and I was waiting to dance all night. I joined my fellow RAs for one last act, and the crowd loved it. I like to entertain so I didn’t hold back. Truly a night to remember.