One Problem, Two Problem: Glowbal

by Meagan Cole

Glowbal was held on March 15th and received very mixed reviews from the Roanoke College community. The rave, hosted by Pi Lambda Phi and International Club students as an RCAD, took place in the basement of Catawba Hall: complete with glow sticks, neon lights, and black tarps. Their advertising skyrocketed across campus via posters in the bathrooms, painting the rock, and flyers in the Commons. Glowbal even offered incentive for students to show up with a raffle for two prepaid tickets to a David Guetta concert in DC plus a one night hotel stay. However, their overall performance many not have inspired enough people positively when it counted.

Students arriving fashionably late—an hour into the party—discovered an almost empty room with less than twenty people dancing to DJ Pierce’s popular, electronic tunes. The black tarps somehow still managed to trap their body heat in such an enclosed space with so few people, perpetually making the area hotter as more and more students did come, with only a few cases of water provided for Glowbal’s members. Eventually, the attendance periodically increased as the night grew late, but few ever stayed longer than for a brief period, indicating that the event did not effectively capture anyone’s attention.

Darlene Harris, a Junior Theatre major with an Education and Music minor who is also heavily involved in several organizations on campus including the Multicultural community, said, “Glowbal would have been much improved if it was at a different venue. People were being turned away, because the basement was too crowded later on. It was far too hot, and they started taking down at midnight since it was in a dorm.”

The event was scheduled between 8 PM and 2 AM, but having Glowbal within Catawba, left the students who lived there very agitated despite it being a Friday night. Emily Poertner, a Freshman Biology major and the Brackety-Ack’s Chief Copy Editor, said, “The reverb from the speakers could be felt through the floor and through the bed. All I wanted to do was sleep.” Of course, it was for this reason that Tech Crew was forced to take down the event once quiet hours began instead of 2 o’clock in the morning. In addition, several struggled to understand the significance of the name itself. The mass believed it was a typo for “Glow Ball”, but the hosts actually intended for the name to be “Global” with the added “w” creatively expressing the rave theme.

Emily also says, “They moved all of the furniture out of the basement to accommodate for the dancing space and have not put it back, which is an inconvenience to those of us who live there and want to study downstairs.” While replacing furniture certainly isn’t Tech Crew’s job as none of that is technical like the lights and sound equipment, it is the responsibility of the hosts to reset everything as it was found.

Lastly, anonymous members of CAB agree that Glowbal was a rip off of their R-Glow, adding an entirely separate layer of controversy on another level. The same decorations and previously employed DJ was used for Glowbal. Nevertheless, many people still think that R-Glow is the better of the two events.

While feedback was not promising, both Pi Lambda Phi and International Club expressed that Glowbal was a success as far as what they hoped to accomplish.