Tri-college techno dance brings down the house

More than 400 students attended Skyline at the CMU ballroom.

More than 400 students attended Skyline at the CMU ballroom.

Music blasting. Ears ringing. Hearts pounding. Skyline was a night to remember.

More than 400 students gathered in the ballroom of MSUM’s CMU for Skyline 2013: The biggest tri-college dance event. Erik Dale, an MSUM student and DJ at KMSC Dragon Radio, spearheaded the event under the auspices of his company, EMD Event Management and Design.

Dale partnered with several organizations on campus, including KMSC Radio, Dragons After Dark, Residence Hall Association and the Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association. Rockstar energy drinks, Complete Nutrition and Lucky’s 13 Pub, also sponsored the event.

Although it was called the tri-college event, five schools in the area were invited: MSUM, Concordia, NDSU, M State and North Dakota State College of Science.

“It’s good to capture students for all areas and bring them to MSUM to let them know we have this fabulous event at our campus,” said Ayushi Rimal, graduate assistant of the Dragons After Dark office.

All students needed was an ID, though the event asked for a voluntary $2 donation for United Way of Cass-Clay.

“We thought it was a good opportunity to support the community that is supportive of all the schools,” Rimal said.

Radical dance moves abounded as students strutted their stuff on the dance floor. With go-go dancers on the stage, the mood of the night was nothing short of a raging party. Each hour featured a different DJ, including jordash, Airrik, Econ, and a special versus set between Eddie Hudson and Unspoken Notion. Eddie Hudson, a DJ and producer who has worked with stars like Missy Elliot, Alicia Keys, Tupac and Biggie Smalls, has won multiple Grammys.

When the students weren’t head banging and fist pumping to the beat of the drums in a mosh pit, they stood in a giant circle to showcase the best dancers of the night. EDM Event Management and Design hired two go-go dancers, both of whom were MSUM students.

“It was awesome. The students who were in attendance had a great time,” said Rachel Neuzil, an MSUM speech language and pathology junior.

Aside from the spectacle on the dance floor, the night included prizes, snacks, a photo booth, giveaways, video games and art projects.

BY BRIANASHBURN
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