By: Christopher Smith
The CSUSB Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. held their annual back to school party “The Jumpoff” in downtown San Bernardino on the 13th.
Jumpoff VIII was set in Nena’s Mexican Restaurant off of D street. The venue turns into club La Cama every Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
“The line goes far enough to stretch around the building,” said DJ Veeto, who plays at La Cama regularly.
The party started off slow at a little after 9 o’ clock, but eventually became packed enough for the Sigmas to open up the second floor of the venue to the dancing patrons.
Partygoers enjoyed an upbeat vibe with an open bar, a DJ for each floor of the party, colorful party strobes and photographers taking patron’s pictures. People also had to watch their step or end up disrupting the Sigmas while they did their fraternity stroll throughout the night.
Dress code for the night was club attire or in other words collared shirts for the guys and dresses, skirts, etc. for ladies. The Sigmas were wearing their fraternity color blue in some effect on cardigans, ties, or Greek paraphernalia.
All things come to an end, and if you were looking at your watch a couple minutes after 12:30 a.m. that night you would have heard the announcement.
“The Fire Marshall shut it down, because the party was over capacity,” said Kenneth Mosely, member of Phi Beta Sigma.
Now when this venue isn’t a club it is an authentic Mexican restaurant. On my visit, the restaurant looked like a totally different scene from the previous Thursday at the party. Tables and chairs were in place of where the people were dancing, the music was smooth Merengue, and there were no flashing lights.
I took advantage of the $5.50 burrito special, a pretty sizeable burrito making fork and knife necessary. Meals also come with a complementary chip and salsa basket. I came hungry and this place hit all the marks: food was good, good service and couldn’t finish the meal so a doggy bag was in order.