By Alyssa Seidman
On Thursday, March 2, the Student Government Association (SGA) and Theta Chi teamed up to co-sponsor the campus’ first Silent Disco event in the Long Island Room of Winnick Student Center.
A silent disco is a popular event commonly held in the boroughs, it is a gathering of music-lovers dancing together, only the music is not played over speakers for all to hear; rather, it is heard through headphones given to participants at the beginning of the event. The end result is a bunch of people moving and grooving to what looks to be complete silence – insanity at its finest.
Aaron Cooper, a sophomore acting major and marshal for the Kappa Beta chapter of Theta Chi on-campus, said the idea came up during a fraternity meeting. “We brainstormed ideas for different events, and another brother and I came up with a silent disco,” he said. “It is something that hasn’t happened at Post before, and we were able to get SGA to co-sponsor the event with us.”
Adam Hornbuckle, a junior political science major and vice president of SGA, said, “[The fraternity] had all of the logistics down, but they needed some funding to put it on. Everyone in Student Government loved the idea.” About 50 people came to kick up their dancing shoes. Participants received a set of headphones, which played three separate music stations – EDM, Top 40, and Alternative – simultaneously. Listeners had the option to choose what kind of music they wanted to hear with the press of a button.
Admission was $5 for an hour and $10 for the night; all the proceeds were donated to Relay for Life, a total $609. Multiple campus organizations tabled at the disco by sponsoring their own booths. The Music Industry Club, Rainbow Alliance, Phi Sigma Kappa, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Zeta, and Sigma Delta Tau showed their support by selling baked goods and merchandise at the event. Theta Chi offered a non-alcoholic black-light drink bar, including their signature “Theta Chi lattes,” and a 50/50 raffle. Cooper commented, “Since we will be catering to different tastes in music, I think this will be a great opportunity to bring many people from across campus together for a great cause.”
“It’s something new for students to try, and it’s [SGA’s] pleasure to help Theta Chi put on the event,” Hornbuckle said. “We’re always here to help facilitate great ideas that clubs and organizations have, whether it’s through advising or bankrolling it; we’re happy to help.”