Last weekend was Nike Airband at Malone. This is one of the most popular events on campus each year. The event is hosted by the Residence Life Staff of DeVol Hall.
Nike Airband is a huge lip-syncing competition. It started out as just a fun thing to do, but over the years, it’s morphed into a massive event on campus. The staff members of the different residence halls normally get together to do acts in the contest, but also various groups around campus like the sports teams will put together teams. Everyone is pretty tight-lipped about what performance they are doing until the night of, so it’s a surprise for everyone, even the participants.
I remember my freshman year, one of the residence halls, PGB (Penn, Gurney, and Barclay), covered themselves in glow sticks and choreographed a dance. It was really sweet. This year, there were 12 different performances.
My two favorite performances were the Michael Jackson Tribute and the Sound of Music. The Michael Jackson Tribute was a team made up of the MU Basketball Team and the Cheerleaders. They progressed through the different stages of Michael Jackson’s life by performing different MJ songs and dances. The Sound of Music was done by the Malone Women’s Cross Country Team.
Dr. Chris Abrams, the Vice President for Student Development, starred in Heritage Hall’s act, which won first place. Chris was also part of the very first Nike Airband back when he was a student at Malone.