Welcome Back Dance through the DJ’s eyes

By Christine Blom
February 3, 2005

Some people don’t think that the DJ pays any attention to what is going on while he’s dropping the beats. Many believe that the DJ is so in tune with trying to get the next track on that he does not notice the evening’s occurrences.

Contrary to popular belief, Craig Vagell, senior communication major, pays attention and tries to soak up as much as possible. Vagell has been taking charge on the Cabrini music scene since his sophomore year.

“I started disc jockeying when I was just in the eighth grade,” Vagell said. “I officially started my own business, I guess you would call it, when I was a freshman in high school.”

Approximately 250 students turned out for the CAP Board-sponsored event on Jan. 20. The crowd was more-or-less the kind of turnout that the student-run organization was looking for. Vagell was spinning the tracks while taking requests from all the guests.

Vagell describes the turnout for the dance as “good for a welcome-back dance.” He also seemed pleased with the reaction of the crowd to his choice of songs.

“It is almost like an adrenaline rush, seeing such a large crowd dancing. The more everyone dance, the more hyped I get.”

11:45 p.m. on Thursday night: hordes of students were anxiously making their fashionably-late entrance into the Grace Hall atrium in order to get their semester started with a big bang as the first “Thirsty Thursday” was now in effect.

Sometimes at dances, even though nothing thrilling happened at this one, things can get a little crazy. Sometimes they can even border out of control.

“One dance I was playing here at Cabrini, a girl tried to take her shirt off. She wasn’t successful in her endeavor; people stopped her prior to the complete removal of her top. It was definitely the craziest thing I have ever seen at a dance.”

A serious topic that is always up for discussion is what everyone wore to the extravagant event. According to Vagell, guys usually just wear long sleeve shirts and jeans. The girls, on the other hand, are the ones who worry about what t hey wear the most.

“They wear the short skirts and belly shirts,” Vagell said. “Girls tend to advertise their bodies.”

The dance was an overall success, no signature moments, but everyone had a swell time all together.

Posted to the web by Shane Evans

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