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Bands don’t make us dance

Students gathered at the Black and Gold Ball stand in groups or dance with partners.
Students gathered at the Black and Gold Ball stand in groups or dance with partners.

By: Jonathan Franklin, Senior Writer, Addie Lawrence, Editor

When it comes to music, bands at Wofford events tend to hit a single note – that is, according to students. Shagging music is the genre of choice, and it can be heard sailing from the speakers at events such as the Black and Gold Ball and the scattered band parties that occurred during the fall semester.

 

“It would be nice to have a DJ once in a while at some of the campus events versus having a band,” says sophomore Richard Harrison. “Even though band parties are entertaining, having a DJ would cater to all students and would make campus events more inclusive.”

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Wofford’s shagging tradition begins with an early indoctrination during orientation. First year students are divided by gender and paired up for shagging lessons. From that point on, these first year students – and the rest of the student body – will be expected to shag at nearly every Wofford event if they want to dance at all.

 

There is little alternative choice. After all, when Wofford events host bands, the style tends to leave little room for any kind of dancing that doesn’t involve a partner. How many times a year do we hear “Brown Eyed Girl,” “My Girl” or “Sweet Caroline?”

 

“We spend so much money trying to get multiple bands that aren’t well-known to students rather than saving money and getting a big headliner is what I hear from students all the time,” says senior Jenna Safran.

 

With upcoming events like the 50 Days Party, senior Sydney Allsbrook would like to see a change from the usual bands.

 

“Wofford has had a lot of band parties in the past, and I can’t recall one with a DJ. I feel like it’d be a good change to switch it up a little bit,” Allsbrook says.

 

Senior Alex Vary disagrees.

 

“I think a live band would be better,” he says. “The issue is that we need different bands. I think bands cater to the interests and needs of Wofford students. However, I think the selection of bands that Wofford has been hiring has been very monotonous. I don’t think DJ’s do anything differently than an individual Wofford student with their iPod.”

 

For senior Angela Ditolla, her preference varies. What’s her factor of consideration? The venue.

 

“I feel like the outside atmosphere is better for a band, but the atmosphere inside would be more conducive to a DJ,” she says.

Despite her musical compromise, she adds:

 

“I think a DJ would be better because it allows you to play a wider variety of music.”

 

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