If there were any other way to fire up a Campus Preview weekend, the Americas Regional Night definitely trumped it! From the amazing, authentic food courtesy of the impeccable culinary decisions of the Latin American Business Club to the Mariachi singers specially brought in to pep up the crowd to the dashing dance performances by the student body, the event was an enormous hit with pretty much everyone who attended.
With the TEC starting to buzz and fill up at 6.30pm, the Mariachi singers held sway with upbeat numbers. There was a surprise in store for TSG VP Nikhil Purwaha, whose birthday fell this year on Regional Night. The singers serenaded him to ‘Happy Birthday’ on stage, much to the chagrin of the birthday boy.
Meanwhile, the food was fast disappearing from the two serving lines. Campus preview students and families were sedately consuming the goodies (empanadas, carimanoles, tamales, sobrebarringa, pastel de guyaba to name a few!), the current students went through the food at the rate of knots, as well as the margaritas. No wonder it had all disappeared by the time Toastmasters took to the stage for a poetry reading.
Hosts for the day Thomas Carpenter, Matthew Erley, and Jennifer Patton had the audience in splits for the entire event with their brand of witty humor, ThunderRap (with mentions of professors, sleeping birds and the Pub!) and general nuttiness. Dancers that appeared on stage were in step: Salsa, Reggeton, Cha Cha, Hip Hop or Samba, you name it and they did it with flair. A new appearance for this regional night was the Photo Booth, which always had a line out the door with students attempting the craziest getup they could with the variety of props available. A big shout-out to TSG Events Chair, Sudarshan Babu who fought tooth and nail to have it included for Regional Night.
No Regional Night can be considered complete without the appearance of Global Sounds. They didn’t just appear, they brought the house down with their unique inimitable blend of music that kept not just the students but the little kids twirling and swirling near the stage. Looks like the the Asias Regional Night will have to go all out to top this one!