Barndance not just for Greeks

Kyrspen Blimsprup in FAA works on her project during class on Oct. 18. The students are throwing a barndance fundraiser for their design show. Erica Magda

Kyrspen Blimsprup in FAA works on her project during class on Oct. 18. The students are throwing a barndance fundraiser for their design show. Erica Magda

By Kathy Khazanova

Agatha Budys is not in a sorority, and has never been to a barndance. So she, along with a group of fellow graphic design students decided to host their own.

Every year, seniors in the graphic design program need to raise $5,500 to put on a gallery showing in downtown Chicago. In order to raise their share of the money, Budys, senior in FAA, and the rest of her group decided to organize a “People’s Barndance.”

“Every year it’s basically all on you to get this money,” Budys said. “My group decided to do something other than a raffle that hasn’t been done before, hopefully it works.”

Budys said the People’s Barndance will attract members of the University community who never had a chance to attend one.

“I am a senior and I’ve never been to a barndance,” Budys said. “Unless you’re in a sorority or a (fraternity) you don’t have the opportunity to go. I have a few (Greek) friends that say it is the (most fun) thing they do. I want to (go) with all my friends and everyone else who hasn’t had a chance to do it.”

The barndance is open to anyone on campus, and transportation is provided to Farm Lake, 2502 N. Cunningham Ave, and back to campus for $15 a person.

“If you think about what you would do on a normal weekend, you would spend that much anyway, and it’s something unique,” Budys said.

Annalise Johnson, a graphic design student in Budys’ group, thinks the group will meet its goal of 200 people.

“The cool thing about this barndance is you don’t have to know the other people going, you can literally bring your own group of friends and have a totally fun night,” said Johnson, senior in FAA. “That’s why this is so different from the Greek barndance, it’s not just one (Greek) house inviting people, it’s whoever wants to go.”

Lauren Messina, senior in LAS, is planning on attending the barndance. She said that unlike a Greek barndance, the People’s Barndance is less date-oriented and more about going with friends.

“There’s an opportunity for so many people to get together, it’s more of an open atmosphere,” Messina said.

The barndance will take place on Nov. 10. At 7 p.m., a keg will be available at Kam’s, 618 E. Daniel St., for those over 21 who can legally consume alcohol. Busses will leave Kam’s for the barn at 7:45 p.m.

At 11:15 p.m., the busses start making continuous trips from the barn back to campus. Anyone of college age is welcome to come, and those 21 or over are free to bring their own alcoholic beverages to the event.