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Trick-or-Beat: A “Rave to the Grave” Retrospective

By Jared Cline

Halloween at Truman is a time I look forward to year after year, almost entirely for this reason: you get to see just how crazy your fellow students are. On any other day, that guy or gal in the SUB is your typical college-age specimen: a sweat-pant wearing, backpack hoisting schoolwork slave wandering from one food station to another, trying to decide whether they want the pile of grease that looks like a pizza or the pile of grease that looks like a hamburger. The only way they might stand out to you is if they were to collide with you directly on their way to the cash register, spilling the armful of sides and condiments they were attempting to balance onto your favorite sweatshirt. Come Halloween, however, the situation is refreshingly different; drab garments are abandoned in favor of elaborate Mad Hatter outfits that look like they were purchased off the Mad One himself; ghouls and goblins wander the streets, texting; and blood-spattered, somnambulist zombies cut you in line at the cafeteria, emboldened by their gruesome getup. But what’s even better than seeing all these festively adorned folks meandering around campus, as entertaining as that is, is seeing about 100 of only the most enthusiastic among them willingly cramming themselves into a living room to groove to your beats.

This past Halloween, I had the opportunity to experience this first-hand, at the party aptly named “Rave to the Grave.” The combination of the multi-colored headless horseman photo on the Facebook event page, perfect weather for traipsing hither and thither, and the promise of a dancing ‘til dawn drew in one of the most packed houses I have seen in my college experience. Music began at the stroke of midnight, so I was there at 11:30 to set up my equipment and enjoy a brief moment of tranquility. The host of the party was expertly disguised as David Bowie, so I kicked things off with “Dance the Magic Dance” from Labyrinth, and then followed it up with some Halloween favorites – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s “I Put a Spell on You” and Bo Diddley’s “Bo Diddley Meets the Monster” – to generate a spookier mood.

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From the Hype-line Pipeline: An Introduction to the Hype Machine

by Jared Cline

This is the first column of a new feature in which the Monitor tries to make you dance.

Do you remember the last party you went to? If you don’t, that’s not necessarily a bad thing; you probably had a good time, and whatever reportedly transpired will be something to laugh at down the road, however long that road might be. So if that’s the case for you, just simply think back to a time in your not so distant past when you attended a weekend gathering of some sort.  It needn’t be a Jersey Shore type of affair where the combination of strobes, laser lights, and passionately grinding partygoers does irreparable damage to your retinas.  No, we here at Truman rarely if ever reach that level of brotastic insanity, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have a good time.

Now, here’s where your fuzzy recollection comes into play.   I want you to think, really think, about a very specific aspect of the party – the music. Furthermore, I want you to ask yourself – and no beating around the bush here – was it bangin’?

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