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.
Photo by Kayla Drake

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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.