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DJ Ziggy becomes first-ever winner of UWF Battle of the DJs

By Mary Jo Gruber


CAB’s first ever Battle of the DJs drew in a large crowd on Thursday night. Photo by Mary Jo Gruber

Staff Writer

The University of West Florida Campus Activity Board held its first-ever Battle of the DJs on Thursday, Sept. 15, and DJ Ziggy walked away with the title of UWF DJ King.

The event featured three DJs from the Gulf Coast region who competed for the title.

Ziggy went up against fellow DJs Mr. Ooowee and J5 in three rounds of music-mixing challenges. The themes for the first two rounds were “old school” and “artist mash-up.” The DJs were given five minutes each to put their best musical mix forward.

The final round, called “a minute to win it,” allowed a final 60 seconds for each performer to win over the crowd in front of a panel of judges consisting of UWF faculty and staff members.

The event took place in the Commons Auditorium and was free to all UWF students. The room was lit with bright neon lights and strobes as attendees danced and sang along to their favorite tunes.

The event MC was B.Rob, a UWF student and aspiring entertainer. He encouraged the crowd to document their experience on Snapchat and to utilize the filters created for the event on the app. Many students did and were able to share videos and pictures of themselves with “CAB Battle of the DJs,” as an overlay to their friends on Snapchat.

“We’ve really never seen an event like this at UWF,” said Jay-Ana Benavente, CAB Co-President. “It’s been really nerve-wracking, but we’re all really excited.”

Benavente said her fellow CAB Co-President Lonsard Dennis found the inspiration for the event in successful DJ battles they heard about from other school campus activity boards. Preparation for the event had been underway since June.

Eryka Wallace, assistant to the dean of communication in University College, was among the staff members selected for the judges’ panel, and said she was excited to participate.

“They have provided with us with a scoring sheet, but what I’m really most looking for is the audience interaction that the DJs can bring,” she said.

Wallace also serves as an advisor to the African-American Student Association and has been a judge for previous CAB events. “I’ve been a part of judging for the CAB Talent Show as well as some pageants, but nothing really quite like this,” she said.

Other faculty and staff members included on the judging panel were Erica Taylor, assistant professor of biology, Christopher Hawkins, graduate assistant for reservations, Allison Dahleen, assistant operations manager of the University Commons and Tilden Whitfield, program specialist.

GrooveBoston provides beats at CAB After Dark

By Sara Agans
Staff Writer


GrooveBoston brings “electro-awesome” show to CAB After Dark.
Photo by of Sara Agans.

Friday’s CAB After Dark event was highlighted by GrooveBoston, an “electro-awesome” experience that creates large-scale events on college campuses.

“GrooveBoston really isn’t an artist or band – it’s an experience,” said Chris Dutton, brand director for GrooveBoston. “For the past seven-plus years, we have combined in-house, resident talent with world-class production to create legendary events on college campuses across the country.”

According to the website, www.grooveboston.com, “Our mission is to make people happy by delivering the most intense, engaging event your campus has ever seen. To pursue our mission effectively, we realized that the traditional concert model would need to be completely reinvented. A concert needs to be an EXPERIENCE, not a spectator sport.”

The current tour is the Ethos Tour.

“While traditional ‘concerts’ tend to focus on a single artist, we’ve found that it takes a lot more than that to create sustained, widespread engagement at a college concert in an era where we all have Spotify and decent headphones,” Dutton said. “Our approach is to eliminate those musical limits and focus on the experience as a whole – creating something uniquely authentic, engaging, and powerful. What that means is that we don’t prepare a specific track list built around a particular genre or artist, but dynamically adjust the flow in real-time based on what we think will hit the hardest.”

“At first I was really unsure as to what GrooveBoston was,” said Jordan Ference, a UWF senior majoring in nursing. “If it’s a DJ, then the music was as good as any DJ. The atmosphere was good, the lights made the aesthetic. They played popular songs and edited versions. It was good.”

Bria Bellamy, senior psychology major, said, “Though I didn’t get a chance to catch the musical side of the show because of working at the Commons for CAB After Dark, it seems as though students really liked the musical guest. Snapchat doesn’t lie, and from the different stories that I saw, it seemed as though everyone that came out to the event really enjoyed themselves.”

“I’ve been working with GrooveBoston for almost five years now as one of their live artists,” said Jay Nightride, one of the two headlining DJs at Friday’s event, along with Dutton. “I spend a lot of time with our music team assisting in track preparation and selection and live theatrics.”

“The GrooveBoston production model is designed to focus on the total integration of all individual parts that comprise a great event,” said Bianca Mauro, the Production Director for GrooveBoston. “Beginning with the initial concept phase, and continuing throughout the designs of the staging, lighting, audio, video, and special effects, we are always searching for the best ways to synthesize our mission with the spirit of the school and, most importantly, the students. Every show is built for and inspired by you.”

For more information on GrooveBoston and a better sense of what they are all about, check out www.grooveboston.com or their Facebook Page.

‘Never give up, never settle’: UWF’s go-to emcee, Brandon Robinson, advises students to keep chasing their dreams

By Kaitlin Lott

Staff Writer

 Brandon Robinson hosts a YouTube talk show, “The Juice.” Robinson has hosted many UWF events from homecoming to the CAB talent show. Photo by Tre’von Ware, 318 Photo.

Brandon Robinson hosts a YouTube talk show, “The Juice.” Robinson has hosted many UWF events from homecoming to the CAB talent show.
Photo by Tre’von Ware, 318 Photo.

If you have been to a University of West Florida campus event, chances are you have had the opportunity to be entertained and by B.RoB or ThatGuyBRoB.

B.RoB, a.k.a. Brandon Robinson, is a UWF senior studying communications and psychology who aspires to be a TV personality. Robinson said he dreams of having a career where he can be himself in the limelight while having the chance to interact with colleagues, diverse groups and one day a future audience of his own.

Robinson is originally from Pensacola, where he graduated from Pine Forest High School. He is the oldest of seven children and was raised in a single-parent household.

Robinson began his UWF hosting career at a Campus Activity Board (CAB) Open Mic Night. “It was a great experience and something I took serious from the start. I even remember what I wore: black vest, black slacks, light blue shirt, and a light blue and white bow tie,” Robinson said.

Robinson said his “happy place” is on stage interacting with a crowd; it is his first love. “Whenever I get up on stage, I just become this different person whose only mission is to make sure the audience has an amazing time,” Robinson said. “There’s nothing else that I have ever participated in that I have had this much confidence in knowing it is my calling in life.”

“Brandon is someone who adapts to his environment, and that reflects in his talent to appeal to the people,” Lamar Lane, a sophomore communications major, said.

Robinson is currently applying for an internship with Black Entertainment Television (BET) during the summer in New York and California. He is also looking to bring back his YouTube talk show “The Juice” to a local venue in town. “‘The Juice’ is an interactive talk show where we discuss politics, social issues, relationships, celebrity gossip and more with a panel of four guests,” Robinson said.

“UWF has definitely helped my future career,” Robinson said. Be as that may, Robinson felt the university lacked the opportunity for aspiring TV personalities to grow. “I wish we had more campus TV stations or radio stations that students could become the voice of, but due to us not having one, I created my own exclusive content which also included a Snapchat show,” Robinson said.

However, Robinson was not always UWF’s go-to host. He changed his major multiple times from science, technology, engineering and mathematic to a communications career field; he set out to create his own opportunities in the beginning to establish a platform for his future. From talent shows, and the Homecoming Concert opening up for recording artist T-Pain, Robinson has successfully raised the bar for those looking for a career in communications. The last event he hosted was Students Arts and Talents Festival on Tuesday, April 5, which was another gold star on his resume.

“B.RoB is a well-rounded individual with a bright future ahead of him,” said Immanuel Niger Lambey, a senior telecommunication/film major. “He is outspoken and continues to impress the city of Pensacola with his talent as a host.”

“My advice for anyone looking to do what I’m doing or chasing any dream is to never give up,” Robinson said. “Nothing is impossible, and never settle, no matter how impossible a dream may seem. You can accomplish anything you want to, as long as you believe it is true and it is something that will make you happy.”

Robinson is also a University Commons and Student Involvement (UCSI) Navigator, the 48th Senate President of SGA and a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, who was recently inducted into the 2016 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated Collegiate Hall of Fame for the Southern Region.

For more information, contact Robinson at ThatGuyBRoB@gmail.com or make your way to his YouTube Channel ThatGuyBRoB to stay updated on his projects and future endeavors.

“Stay true to your values, no matter if you are the only one who believes in those values, they matter because they matter to you!” — Brandon Robinson

CAB After Dark: coming Friday, April 15

By Sara Agans

Staff Writer

 A wristband is required for CAB After Dark. Image courtesy of the UWF Campus Activity Board.

A wristband is required for CAB After Dark.
Image courtesy of the UWF Campus Activity Board.

Food trucks and music are just a few things that CAB After Dark will have to offer while wrapping up the 2016 spring semester.

CAB After Dark is the Campus Activity Board’s (CAB) biggest party of the year. This event occurs towards the end of every spring semester, with something different planned for the students to enjoy.

“This year we are changing things up,” said Andy Sutton, a second-year graduate student at UWF in the College Student Affairs Administration program, and one of the graduate advisers of CAB. “We wanted the event to be more focused and more accessible than in previous years. Last year we had a lot of smaller-scale things happening at once such as games, music, food and giveaways. This year we have two large-scale activities making up the entire event.”

“During the first half of the event, we will have local food trucks in the Commons parking lot, who will be serving students that sign into the event. During the second half of the event, we will be transitioning into a concert hosted by Groove Boston. We wanted everyone to have an equally awesome experience and we felt that the old set-up was not providing this due to smaller vendors running out of things or people spending an hour in line.”

This event is open and free to all current UWF students and will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in the Commons parking Lot H. The event is also open to the general public with a $10 admission fee. Wristbands for students and the general public will be available starting on April 14.

“Putting together an event like CAB After Dark is one of the most mind-blowing and hectic, yet rewarding experiences ever,” said Latesa Jones, a UWF senior majoring in health science and the president of CAB. “Although the event looks amazing in the end and the students enjoy themselves, this event takes several months of planning and many people to execute properly. You would never believe all of the tiny details that must be taken care of with an event as large as CAB After Dark.”

“My favorite part of CAB After Dark is seeing everything in action,” said Jay-ana Benavente, a UWF sophomore majoring in hospitality, recreation and resort management and the CAB External Vice President. “I love the fact that we were the ones behind all the planning, executing, etc. It’s awesome to see it come to life.”

“CAB After Dark has always been very popular with the UWF community,” Sutton said. “We have changed things from last year to simplify the event and make it seem less overwhelming and more accessible. If you have never been before I think that this year is the best time to change that. At CAB After Dark you will get a chance to sample food from local Pensacola food trucks and to participate in an exciting concert powered by Groove Boston.”

“To students who have never been to CAB After Dark, you must go,” Jones said. “It is a unique experience and tradition that UWF has continued building on year after year. It is something to look forward to each year.”

Kevin Hurley entertains, amazes and hypnotizes UWF students

By Sara Agans
Staff Writer

 Image courtesy of the UWF Campus Activity Board Facebook page.

Image courtesy of the UWF Campus Activity Board Facebook page.

On Thursday night, March 24, hypnotist/magician Kevin Hurley performed in the Commons, and, among other things, made a UWF student honestly believe that the number six did not exist at all.

Hurley, star of “The Kevin Hurley Show,” was brought to UWF by the Campus Activity Board (CAB), which presents many events each semester for students to enjoy free of charge. During Hurley’s 70-minute performance, he hypnotized students who volunteered in front of an audience of more than a hundred UWF students.

About that young woman who was hypnotized to believe the number six doesn’t exist: Hurley talked to her on stage and asked her personal questions such her name and where she is from. Hurley also asked her how many fingers and toes she has, answering 10 to both. Hurley then had her count her fingers as she held them out in front of her, one to 10, and then backwards from 10 to one. Hurley placed her under hypnosis, touched her shoulder and told her that once he snapped his fingers, the number six would not exist. Fingers were snapped and she opened her eyes. Hurley once again asked her how many fingers she has and she said 10. Hurley had her count her fingers as she held them out in front of her. “One, two, three, four, five, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11?” she was confused when the last finger ended with 11. She then counted backwards, “10, nine, eight, seven, five, four, three, two, one,” confused again when there was an extra finger after she got to one. Hurley asked her what three plus three was, and she could not answer. She could not give the answer to eight minus two, or even four plus two.

“I think a lot of people are going to come in here not thinking that hypnotists are really what they say they are, but I think that they are going to be believers,” said CAB Public Relations and Marketing Chair Michael Krueger, a senior majoring in public relations. “I think the students that come are going to be very surprised at this event and really have a lot more fun than they originally anticipated.”

“I think this event brings a different aspect to the types of things we do on campus, and the fact that Kevin Hurley brought his own DJ with him adds more flair,” said Brandon Wood, a UWF senior majoring in information technology, before the show. “I think that this is going to be a good event, some people are going to be hypnotized, some people are probably going to see something crazy happen.”

Speaking of seeing something crazy, have you ever wondered what it would look like if a guy thought he was nine months’ pregnant? Yes, one man was told under hypnosis that he was going to feel like his stomach was really big and that he was nine months’ pregnant once Hurley snapped his fingers. Another man and woman were told under hypnosis they were going to be doctors. Once Hurley snapped his fingers that is exactly what happened. The “doctors” walked over to the “pregnant” guy and brought him over to a chair as if they were in a hospital and he was about to give birth. They told him it was time to push, and he did just that. He made noises as if he were pushing and his legs were open with the doctors ready to grab the baby once it came out. Once the baby arrived, it was placed in the “dad’s” arms. Hurley asked what sex the baby was, and the female “doctor” said excitedly, “It’s a boy!” Hurley even asked the “dad” what the name was, and he said “Nick Jr.”

Typically, when these shows are over and the hypnosis has ended, the students hypnotized say they feel like it only lasted about five minutes, when in reality they were hypnotized for about an hour.

But there still are those who are skeptical. Kharas Denson, a UWF sophomore majoring in communications and public relations, said she does not feel that hypnotism would work on her. She said she thinks that hypnotism is something that a lot of people fake, as far as how people react to what is being done to them.

Not only did one guy think that he was pregnant and a girl think that the number six did not exist, but another woman actually believed she was in a club giving her boy crush “Colton” the “dance of his life.” Hurley’s personal DJ played a T-Pain song that fit her mindset perfectly.

The event had a great turnout, with 128 students filling up most of the auditorium, said Jan-ana Benavente, CAB vice president. Hurley’s DJ did a great job matching the music to the hypnosis being performed for each scenario, and Hurley threw in some comedy to make the hypnosis that much more entertaining.

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CAB’s Oscars party cancellation sparks conversation: A culture blur in an ‘anti -racist’ world.

By Kaitlin Lott

Staff Writer


Two weeks ago, members of UWF’s Campus Activity Board (CAB) released a statement saying that the Red Carpet Award Show Watch Party scheduled for Feb. 28 had been cancelled. It read: “As UWF students, we have chosen to stand in solidarity with other campus activity boards across the country who are canceling their viewing parties in support of the diversity debate happening nationwide. We encourage you to learn about this national conversation surrounding Hollywood, awarding processes and multiculturalism.”

This year, there were no people of color nominated for the top 20 awards at the Academy Awards. However, at the awards show itself, there was no shortage of racial jokes to release a heavy load of the tension. Oscar host, comedian Chris Rock, made a point to mention how the Oscars was a white awards show, and if the Academy had voted on this year’s host, then Neil Patrick Harris would probably be on stage instead of him.

Not only did Rock acknowledge and expound upon the fact that the Oscars had a massive white-out, but he also spared no feelings for those who chose to protest it. He made sure to express that the Oscars have had years without black nominees, implying that this is not anything new; but what is new is black people being empowered to protest the lack of nominees. Comically suggesting that the Oscars should create black categories to avoid protest, he touched on perhaps why this is such an issue as a nation. Rock compared the fact that there are women’s and men’s categories, explaining how Robert DeNiro does not worry about competing with Meryl Streep.

Personally I thought this was a good touch to lighten the mood. Racial tension is now an issue in all aspects of American life. Now, it seems, whether being watched too closely at the clothing store, having to validate who you are to the police, or having to fight to be noticed by a board of predominately older white members of the Academy, being a minority is taking its toll.

However, I’m not sold on the idea that CAB cancelling the event benefited our campus.

There were a large number of educational lessons and values that could have been learned by watching the Oscars; cancelling was perhaps the wrong move. Rock brought culture, wit and humor, which was a valiant effort in educating not only the Academy on racial issues but the nation as a whole. There is a large call for learning about other cultures in America, not only black ones. When the phrase “lack of diversity” comes into conversation, a majority of the population references those individuals as African-Americans, but in reality, the Oscars did not acknowledge anyone of color from Indian to Hispanic.

As an African-American attending a predominately Caucasian university, it is clear that there is a divide in the understanding about the opportunities given to the majority vs. minority members, but I think there has been epiphany by minority groups that has led to protesting award shows like the Oscars. We are now engulfed in a world that is more pro-change attitude than ever before. Being black, it is hard to see rules change and laws pass, while still having to fight for the rights we were granted years ago.

Women’s rights have progressed, gay rights have been pushed through Congress, but there is a magnitude of issues that still trail behind us. Minorities are simply not given the same opportunities. Muslim men and women are looked at with a side-eye on an everyday basis; Hispanic men and women are constantly being criticized for “jumping the border” or not having a green card; and African-Americans have been stripped of their own heritage, being looked down upon for centuries. Within our own county, Sheriff David Morgan released a statement last year stating that “We have unfortunately in the black community embraced a thug culture, one that aggrandizes again foul language, shooting cops, abusing women…,” because as many people perceive, only black people can have these attributes. The Oscars not having any minority nominees is another way of agreeing with the words of Sheriff Morgan and others who do not see the deeper lining in this award show. See Sheriff Morgan’s statement here.

Many of us see equality but are blind to the prejudices that sneak up on us every day. CAB cancelling the watch party may have not been the answer to solving the problem of racism or getting minority nominees for next year’s Oscars, but what CAB did accomplish was initiating the conversation of why it is so important that we discuss the issues of diversity and cultural understanding.