Posted on 23 January 2013.
Rebash received much praise from Indiana Wesleyan University students.
“I loved it,” Jenna Geary (so) said.
“I thought Rebash was so much fun,” Emily Steffen (so) added.
But even in the midst of such laud, there were a few points of surprise.
“They probably shouldn’t have played some music videos,” Geary said.
“There was the Rihanna song, I think it was ‘We Fell in Love in a Hopeless Place,’” Steffen specified. “They’re smoking and doing drugs and having sex practically on the screen and [my roommate’s] like, ‘Uh, this should not be playing.’”
Although the students remarked that these were not huge concerns, as both Geary and Steffen said they didn’t really watch the screen, and actually forgot it was there most of the time, Donna Delph, Student Activities Council director, explained the situation.
Delph said SAC had requested a live cam so students could see themselves up on the screen, “which would have been really cool,” she said.
However, according to Delph, there was an Internet connection problem at the last minute, and the live cam didn’t work.
“That’s when the DJ supplemented with music videos,” Delph said.
Throughout the night, some music videos were stopped only part of the way through.
“The communication and the boundaries were stretched before we could get there and say: ‘Hey, think about this again. Think about where you are,’” Delph said.
“I know that things did slip by their attention,” said Lindsey Casebeer (sr), SAC student leader for Rebash, “which they were very good at getting through — even though it was a really busy room — they got through the room and fixed it as fast as they could.”
“They were really respectful about it and they apologized,” added Makenzie Dick (jr), SAC student leader for Rebash. “All in all, it’s hard to bring outside businesses and entertainment into our campus and our standards and expect them to just know. … Outside businesses, they do such a good job of abiding by our standard, but every so often there’s an unintentional glitch in the system.”
Although SAC has used this entertainment company for a number of years, this was the first year Rebash had the screen, and as with any new addition, there was risk involved.
“We try so hard to follow the guidelines of the university through student development for everything, and then my students all year long are working unbelievable hours to bring fun campus events to us,” Delph said. “Yeah, there were some glitches in the system, but we make strong efforts to learn from our mistakes each year and avoid them in the future.”
Along with the other planning that goes into Rebash, the songs themselves go through a rigorous process for approval. SAC compiles a list of the songs with lyrics, which is submitted to the dean of student conduct, Andrew Parker, who goes through the list and checks the lyrics. He then returns the list to SAC with the approved songs, according to Delph.
SAC tried something new this year in order for students to submit song requests themselves: The group had a link on Facebook that the DJ, Rob, allowed them to use. The submissions were considered by SAC and factored into the compilation of the official song request list.
“It’s a lot of work,” Dick said. But year after year, the dance continues to be more and more popular, as SAC continues to try new things for students’ enjoyment.