Greetings and Salutations all!
Just in case we haven’t met yet, I’m Erik, this year’s Film Director. Woot! You may have seen me the past few years at the luxurious Grafton-Stovall Theater, my second home. I’m usually the one with the huge grin asking if you want a popcorn with your ticket. Still don’t know me? <(T_T)> <–(That is a crying Kirby.) Stop by Grafton sometime or the UPB office cause I love chatting about movies.
Anyways, I am writing you all on this glorious Tuesday to tell you all about my adventure from last weekend (Oct. 1st-4th) at NACA. What is NACA you say? I say its the National Association of Campus Activities! This year’s theme was “Take Flight,” and basically it is a place for college programming boards to come together, learn, network, and check out the latest & greatest in novelties, musicians + speakers. Can I just say WOW!!! It was amazing! <(^_^)>
One of the greatest things at NACA was going to an educational session and meeting up with film representatives from other schools. It was so amazing to meet other eccentric folk like myself with a passion for movies and event planning. I had never really considered before how awesome JMU is with our film program, as we have showing Wednesday thru Sat just about every week of the semester. Other schools had somewhere between 3-5 a semester, some per year! We really are quite fortunate.
One of the other facets of NACA are the showcases. At these showcases (a total of about 12 hours) we check out the new talent from comedians to speakers to musicians. One of the most hilarious of the comedians was Michelle Buteau with her catchphrases of “spread that rumor” and “…from the waist down.” You’ll probably agree with me that she is quite fabulous. The best though had to be the Mr. Belding’s Karaoke Jam Party when a group decided to sing All the Single Ladies and our very own Patrick Crosson went up on stage to give him a lesson in choreography. Even better is someone in the audience uploaded this gem to YouTube. How did we live before this website?
Finally, the last element of NACA is the Campus Activities Market Place or CAMP for short. It was here that we had the opportunity to chat with the performers of the showcases and also talk with others. We also had a chance to check out the cool new novelties and attractions that we could bring to campus. Some things were quite bizarre such as a strongwomen who challenged me to a bottle cap bending contest (it was quite interesting) and later split an apple on her biceps and broke chopsticks with her butt. There was even a trivia tournament that we won for JMU woot!
Overall, it was an amazing experience. I can’t wait to implement some of these new ideas that I have stirring around in my head. Our beloved Grafton is going to get some exciting new events this year!