Fling into spring with dancing and singing

Dominic Baez

To those who miss the themed dances of high school, fear not: Linfield Activities Board is coming to the rescue with the Spring Fling on April 11.

“There was just a need for a dance from the students,” junior Kasey Richter, vice president of programming for ASLC, said. “(Students) were coming from high school where they had all sorts of dances like prom and winter formal to (Linfield), where there are no school-wide dances.”

The Spring Fling will be an ’80s inspired dance party open to the entire student body. It will be held in Fred Meyer Lounge at 9 p.m.

There will be photo stations for students to create memories in their costumes. A king and queen will be crowned during the festivities and judging will be based on the creativity of costume. There will also be raffle stations where students can win iPods and movies from the ’80s, such as “The Breakfast Club,” and a mocktail bar, which will be serving non-alcoholic drinks.

The décor will feature neon-colored streamers, balloons and ’80s music.

The event is free of charge to students.

The dance has been in the works for more than six weeks, Richter said. She formed a committee to help facilitate the event and to alleviate stress from LAB.

The Spring Sing contest is also in full swing and will be composed of two parts.

First will be an individual song writing contest, for which students, faculty and alumni are all eligible to enter. There will be categories to enter songs: traditional, alma mater style and contemporary, which includes genres such as rhythm and blues, hip-hop and jazz.

Judging will take place on two levels. The first phase will be the week after the April 28 deadline. The top song in each category will move on to the final round. Up to six finalists will be selected.

Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, lyrics and consistency. The finalists will be notified via e-mail and results will be posted on Linfield’s sesquicentennial Web site no later than May 4.

Songs must be less than five minutes in length and an original work. The entry form and the song lyrics, in MP3 form, must be turned in by April 28. Entry forms, contest rules and further contact information can be found on the Linfield Spring Song Contest Facebook page and the Linfield Web site.

The second part of the contest will be a competition between on- and off-campus housing groups, including residence halls and fraternities. Each team will come up with a skit or dance to a song that represents the Linfield experience.

“Basically, the second part will be similar to the skits put on during Greek Week,” senior Aaron           Larsen, Spring Sing coordinator, said.

Prizes will be awarded jointly to all involved with the winning song. The winners of the contest will receive $100 and have their song published in the future edition of the Linfield Songbook. Finalists will receive a $20 gift certificate to any local business that is a member of the McMinnville Downtown Association, and their song will be published in the Linfield Songbook. The winners and finalists will be announced at the May 9 performance.

For more information regarding the Spring Fling, contact Richter at lab@linfield.edu. For more information about the Spring Sing contest, contact Larsen at aalarsen@linfield.edu.

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