by EMMA GABBERT, CSU Public Relations Assistant
As February comes to an end, African American Affairs and the Black Student Union have collaborated with Minnesota Silent Disco to host their second Silent Party as the last hurrah of Black History Month.
The party will be on Feb. 29 from 9 to 11:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom with featured guest artists DJ Ones and DJ Albert.
Bringing the event to campus for the first time last semester, Kenneth Reid, the director of African American and Multicultural Affairs, wanted to provide students the opportunity to celebrate without the common custom of drinking at college parties.
‘It was a great alternative for students who didn’t want to go out and participate in the usual drinking aspect of parties, so we gave them something safe and fun to do on campus.’Kenneth Reid, Director of African American and Multicultural Affairs
After the first silent party was marked a success, Reid knew he wanted to bring it back the following semester. Ultimately coming to the decision of hosting the event on the final day of Black History Month, Reid wanted to feature music highlighting African American culture.
While wearing Silent Disco Headphones, attendees can choose from three different stations. Some notable genres of music featured at the party on Saturday include R&B, hip hop and rap.
Another goal of the silent party was to keep students on campus during the weekend. Widely known as a “suitcase campus,” meaning most students go home on the weekends, Reid wanted to create an event that would attract students to stick around.
‘We’re trying to see if we can find ways for people to come out and have a great time and stick around for a Friday or Saturday. It’s not just “come on out and celebrate because it’s Black History Month, it’s come out and have a good time with the Maverick family.’Kenneth Reid, Director of African American and Multicultural Affairs
Tickets are available for $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets can be purchased on Cash App at $MNSUBlkAffairs.