Foam dance benefits community

Cue the foam: Students attend Foam Dance Party for a night of music and  dancing at the CU Fine Arts Courtyard. The event took place Aug. 29.
Cue the foam: Students attend Foam Dance Party for a night of music and
dancing at the CU Fine Arts Courtyard. The event took place Aug. 29.

Charlene Belew

Student Life Editor

From 9:30 p.m. to midnight, Aug. 29, the Programming Activities Council (PAC) held their ninth annual Foam Dance Party. The event took place in Cameron University’s Fine Arts Courtyard.

When entering the gate into the Fine Arts Courtyard, the atmosphere was warm as people piled into the amphitheater. Blake O – the DJ – was playing today’s hits while foam filled the pit. PAC members flanked the two foam machines and used water hoses to soak people in the front of the crowd. As people entered, they recieved water and candy.

Students were still required to have a current CU ID to get themselves and one other person through the gate, and they were required to bring three canned food items per person. This year’s Foam Dance Party had around 1,200 attendees and brought roughly 3,700 pounds of food to donate to the Lawton Food Bank.

Vice-President of Student Services Jennifer Holland said the idea originated from CU’s close relationship with the Lawton Food Bank.

“We have a responsibility to educate students, but we also have a responsibility to make students good citizens in our community,” Holland said. “It feels good to contribute to make a better community, and three little canned goods can make them feel like they were able to contribute. The 3,700 pounds of food will feed a lot of people in our community.”

For Raeven Bird, an English Education sophomore, her first time attending the Foam Dance Party was an experience to remember.

“It was a lot of fun,” Bird said. “The foam party was one of the most fun campus events I’ve been to. It was a great chance to have fun with people outside of class and unwind from the stresses of the first couple weeks of class.”

Bird said it was a good idea to require canned food donations to enter the Foam Dance Party. She said that while students are fortunate in many ways, providing community service is something that should always be considered.

“I feel like Cameron students are very fortunate, both to be in school and to have fun events so helping the community should be something we really want to do,” Bird said. “A little donation is no big deal.”

Bird said she had a fun time being in the foam pit with so many people. She believes the only thing that could have made the foam dance better would have been to add more foam.

“The water was about ankle deep in the very front,” Bird said. “The water spraying was a little excessive, so we were completely soaked. The foam was actually pretty warm. I think the foam party could be improved by adding more foam.”

PAC co-chair and Psychology senior Sidney McCormack said the Foam Dance Party is always a good time for students. This year, they could have fun while helping the community.

“It’s tons of fun. Everyone who goes says they enjoy it completely,” McCormack said. “This year, you could come, have fun and help the community.”

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