Single-day INGITE Frosh up against weather and hype

An evening Ignite Frosh event at Humber’s North campus on Sept. 17 drew an energized student crowd. (Christina Mulherin)

Christina Mulherin

GENERAL ASSIGNMENT REPORTER

Thousands of paint-covered Humber students filled a North campus parking lot last Saturday.

IGNITE, formerly the Humber Students’ Federation, held its first Frosh event under its new brand last week. What usually spans over a weekend, with events at both North and Lakeshore campuses, was replaced by a one day Frosh-a-thon.

The rainy weather early that day threatened the possibility of having the event cancelled.

“We definitely stressed about lightning and wind,” said Ammar Abdul-Raheem, Ignite vice-president of student life at Humber’s North campus. “Obviously if it was lightning we would have had to make the worst call we could ever make which is cancelling the event.”

Luckily, the sky cleared up by early afternoon and students geared up and followed the music echoing from Lot 5.

The gates opened at 2:30 p.m. with a paint party hosted by Canada’s largest touring paint party, TechnoColour Dreams. Next, was the dance party with a five DJ lineup, featuring DJ Rhiannon, DJ Chase B, DJ Jason Chuck, Boi-1da and Metro Boomin’, which started at 6 p.m.

The evening came to an end at 11 p.m.

Vice-President of Student Life for North campus, Ammar Abdul-Raheem. (Christina Mulherin)

Vice-President of Student Life for North campus, Ammar Abdul-Raheem. (Christina Mulherin)

Although all the elements were present to make this a successful event, participants had mixed reviews.

Some students believe it did not live up to the hype.

“This year was definitely a disappointment,” second year fashion arts student Ashley Gardner said. “The music was fine but it wasn’t really music you could dance to, so it was just a bunch of people standing around.”

Others, however, really enjoyed the event.

“It was really good. I had fun rapping along to all the songs,” said Gregory Ford, a second year business administration student at the University of Guelph-Humber.” I’m a really big fan of rap music, so this was definitely a fun event for me.”

Abdul-Raheem said the team that planned the event based their decision to get DJs on a previous survey showing rap, hip-hop and R&B were the most popular genres among students.

“The greatness of this event was no coincidence, it was by design. It was years and years and years of knowing what students want and knowing how to run a better event,” he said.

Despite the shortened edition of the annual Frosh event this year, the positive feedback Abdul-Raheem received throughout the evening and the days following lead him and Ignite to believe the night was a success.

“I’ve been getting messages, online and offline, people are telling me that this was the best night of their lives and honestly that means the world to me that we can have that impact on students,” he said.

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