Fanshawe’s Harlem Shake videocame with school spirit and a$1,500 price tag.Fanshawe College jumped onthe shake-wagon earlier this monthwhen approximately 500 students performed the Harlem Shake dancein the Oasis Cafeteria in theStudent Centre.The Harlem Shake originated inHarlem in 1981, but became popu-lar in 2013 when American pro-ducer Baauer released the dubstepsong “Harlem Shake” that wentviral on YouTube. Since then, hun-dreds of outrageous videos have been created using that song.Each of the 30-second videosstarts the same way: one persondressed in a helmet or mask dances, usually in a public space,as bystanders are seeminglyunaware of what is going on. Whenthe beat in the song drops, a wild party explodes where many partic-ipants are wearing odd costumesand holding signs or other props.Fanshawe’s video was no differ-ent.“They had bananas, they had bighorses throwing around – it waswild, there was a guy with just anelephant thong on, lots of guys in pink bras,” said Fanshawe StudentUnion operations manager JohnYoung.The event was organized byFanshawe Broadcasting studentsthrough a Facebook page that nowhas nearly 2,000 members.Many universities and collegeshave been creating the videos tonot only have an excuse for a dance party and get on YouTube, but alsoto show school spirit. Althoughthere were not “thousands” of par-ticipants at the event, it was still the biggest single student attendedevent Fanshawe had this year.Fanshawe Student UnionPresident Zack Dodge said he wasimpressed with the school spiritdemonstrated at the event. “Gettingthat many students in a room tofocus their passion and pride isincredible, something that doesn’thappen all the time,” he said.Though a Fanshawe HarlemShake organizer posted on theFacebook group that “fanshawe’s[sic] president personally (called)me to say how amazing the videolooks and how well we repFanshawe,” FSU President Dodgeand Fanshawe College PresidentDr. Howard Rundle both con-firmed they never made those com-ments.This may have to do with thefact that Fanshawe’s act of “FalconSpirit” came with a $1,500 pricetag.“I got a call on Friday night frommy contract custodial going,‘There are 13 tables broken andtrashed and the place was a totalmess … lots of feathers, featherseverywhere,’” said FSU buildingmanager Rodney Sutton, whosupervises the maintenance staff inthe Student Union buildings.The damage was caused by stu-dents who were dancing and “shak-ing” atop the cafeteria tables andchairs.“It was a neat event, the negativerepercussions from my standpointis the damage. There was someaccidental damage and some wilfuldamage; I know in my heart therewas wilful damage,” said Young.According to Young, a false startforced students to wait over 15minutes for their moment of fame,causing some aggravation. “Therewas only a couple minutes that wasmob mentality, and at that point,you don’t spark that, you let themscream whatever and get it out.When we said, ‘Cut,’ and it wasover, they dispersed quietly andleft.”The screams, however, led tochants that weren’t always friend-ly. The chants escalated from“Fanshawe” to “Riot” to “Fuck Western (University).”“That was inappropriate … Iknow that we don’t support it, andout of all the different videos onYouTube, nobody else is taking pot shots at other schools,” saidSutton.Dodge pointed out that thechoice to keep the chants in thevideo spurred controversial com-ments online. “Through the com-ments and feedback (on theYouTube page) it was clear to seemore energy was focused on theUWO comments than the actualvideo itself.” Ultimately the com-ments on the page were disabled.Dodge added that he saw thechants as more or less the competi-tive side of the videos coming out,demonstrating the friendly rivalry between Fanshawe and Western,and wasn’t meant to be a bashingsession.Despite the damage and debateon the final video, Young said he is just glad the repercussions weren’teven more serious. “There’s a mil-lion health and safety problems, but I’m just thankful that nobodygot injured.”The Student Union covered the$1,500 cost of the damages, and allof the tables have been restored.Currently, the video has justover 45,000 views; view it onlineat tinyurl.com/FanshaweShake.
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Harlem Shakes $1,500 out of Fanshawe Student Union
CREDIT: MELANIE ANDERSON
Fanshawe Student Union porter Kevin Bosworth replaces the base on one of the tables that was damaged in theOasis Cafeteria during the filming of the Harlem Shake video on campus. The cost of the damage to the tables inthe Student Centre came to approximately $1,500.
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