Evans Commons transformed into ‘Stranger Things’ theme, artists announced for next school year

Evans Unlocked, Stranger Things-themed this year, took place at Evans Commons on April 27 from 7-2 a.m.
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Freshman Aliyah Groves gets suited up into sumo gear by a Campus Activities Board volunteer. 
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Student Eric Bideri plays with a Waka Flocka Flame balloon announcement saying the artist will be coming to Lindenwood University in Feb. 2, 2019. 
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A line of students take deep breaths and try to fall under hypnosis by performer Matt Grisham. 
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Students point to their friends they want Grisham to pick to act like they are in a boy band. 
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Freshman Mary Banks takes a video of the hypnotized contestants while laughing.
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Senior Carly Potts tries to calm her nerves before being lifted into the human claw machine.
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Potts squeals, carrying the prizes she grabbed, as she is lifted back up to leave the inflatable.
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Sophomore Dennis Fredell (in the USA shirt) laughs in shock with his bowling teammates after having been forced to dance by hypnotist contestant Jared Thornton.
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A hypnotized Josh Slezak looks into the crowd for a dance partner.
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Sophomore Ashley Morris plays Pac-Man on an arcade game on Evans courts.
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Junior Jared Thorton, under hypnosis, pretends his tennis shoe is a phone and chats. Madelynn Klein-Courville decided to stick her shoe up to Thorton to speak on her "phone" as well.
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Students form a pattern on the Giant Light Bright in the multipurpose room.
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Senior Abby Toejnes stands at the start line to play a game of archery.
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Junior Noah Likes pulls his arm back, aiming to hit a member of the green team.
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Hypnotist Matt Grisham catches the reaction of freshman Jack Bedtke, as he is hypnotized to believe freshman Bella Simpson is Jennifer Aniston.
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Freshman Juan Manjarres plays beanbags with a friend on Evans Commons courts. 
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Freshman Veteronnica Tafito lays on the inflatable obstacle course in exhaustion after completing a run against a friend.
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MEGAN COURTNEY A&E Editor

Complete with an Eleven impersonator and an ABCs photo booth, Evans Commons had plenty of “Stranger Things”-related activities during Evans Unlocked on Friday night.

The semesterly event was, as always, planned by Campus Activities Board. Attendees were kept busy with plenty of activities, including sumo-suit wrestling, a Masseuse, stuff-a-plush, a human claw machine, etch-a-glass, an arcade, archery, an escape room, a caricature artist, a palm reader and a hypnotist.

Junior Jared Thorton, under hypnosis, pretends his tennis shoe is a phone and chats. Madelynn Klein-Courville decided to stick her shoe up to Thorton to speak on her “phone” as well. Photo by Kayla Drake

Students could also enter a raffle to win prizes. Prizes for the raffle included a Vizio 32 inch television, a Nintendo Switch, a Google Home and a Roku Express.

The event, which ran from 7 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday ended with a free T-shirt giveaway. Students had to “stay up” until 2 a.m. in order to receive a T-shirt, according to CAB’s Instagram.

Not one, but two concert announcements were also made at the event. The artists, Scotty McCreery and Waka Flocka Flame, come from two very different genres, McCreery being a country artist and Flame a rapper.

McCreery won the tenth season of “American Idol” in May 2011 and released his debut album, “Clear As Day,” later that year in October, according to his official website.

Flame began rapping as a teenager, along with friend his close friend Gucci Mane, according to bet.com.  In 2010, Flame released his debut album “Flockaveli”. 

CAB Supervisor, Nikki Cornwall said the organization has worked “really closely” with the Scheidegger Center to put on the shows.

“We weren’t able to put on a concert this year, so we started early for next year,” Cornwall said.

Cornwall said she knew two different genres were wanted because “our students cannot agree on the one genre we should bring.”

She also said that a hip-hop artist like Flame had never been done before.

“We’re given a list by an agency, like a list of ‘here’s who would fall within your budget and who would be willing to tour on a college campus,'” Cornwall said. “Campus Activities Board… narrowed it down based off of what they’ve heard from other students wanting.”

Both artists will be performing next year, Flame on Feb. 2 and McCreery on Sept. 14.

 

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