Crank up the music

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Amarillo College’s annual spring celebration, Badgerama, moved into Carter Fitness Center on the Washington Street Campus April 17 because of the weather.

Amanda Castro-Crist | The Ranger  Mockingbird Sun, a band from Nashville, performs in Carter Fitness Center at Badgerama April 17.
Amanda Castro-Crist | The Ranger
Mockingbird Sun, a band from Nashville, performs in Carter Fitness Center at Badgerama April 17.

Mockingbird Sun, a band out of Nashville, played for an audience of students as they ate barbecue and participated in games and other activities in keeping with this year’s “two-step” theme.

“When you come into an environment, you don’t really know what to expect,” said Charile Berry, a member of Mockingbird Sun. He said the band would consider coming back to Amarillo again since one time is just not enough in any town.

Band member Brett Taylor said, “The campus has a really great energy.”

Apart from live music, Badgerama had plenty to offer students, including more than a dozen booths. Multiple student clubs such as Command+Z, the Photography Club and Baptist Student Ministries joined in to operate booths and host games.

Students and faculty also were treated to free food from Joe Daddy’s.

The event was scheduled to take place at the clock tower of the Washington Street Campus but was moved to the fitness center due to cold and windy weather.

“It was a shame it couldn’t be outside, but it worked out pretty good,” said Trevor Brown, a welding technology major and Student Government Association member.

Brown said SGA members had seen the band at their regional meet and decided to book them for Badgerama.

He said that although he believed the turnout would have been better if the event had been staged outside; there still were good numbers.

SGA plans Badgerama each year with different themes, and next year’s theme has yet to be announced.

The large SGA-sponsored event in the fall will be Fallfest, that season’s counterpart to Badgerama.

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