By Kenneth Young |Staff Writer|
Country Line dancing made its way to CSUSB on Oct. 21, between the Joshua and Mojave buildings at Serrano Village.
The event was organized by Tommy Slocumb, the residential assistant (RA) for the Joshua Building.
The event lasted an hour, with approximately 20-30 student participants.
Every quarter, each RA from Serrano Village organizes two events that are open to both residents and commuters.
With this in mind, Slocumb jumped at the chance to host the country line dance.
“I’ve had a passion for country music since I was a child,” Slocumb said.
“And country line dancing was exactly how I wanted to express that.”
A love for country music, however, wasn’t his only motivation.
Each event that is organized has to have the central theme to achieve the goal of building community.
According to New York University (NYU) study, college students now have higher stress levels than ever before.
NYU also stated that 25.3 percent of students are adversely effected academically because of stress.
According to Slocumb, country line dancing isn’t just fun; it is also great exercise and helps relieve stress.
According to healthguidance.org, dancing offers 12 health benefits including enhancing the overall well-being, increasing the levels of self-esteem and confidence and strengthening the body muscles.
These organized events help to break up the fast-paced schedules of students on campus.
It also gives them a chance to relax and socialize with their peers and give them the opportunity to experience new things like country dancing.
Country line dancing is a great example of this, as country music and San Bernardino aren’t often associated with each other due to the geographical location.
Nevertheless, the event was well received by the students who participated.
“It was awkward at first, because it was out of my box,” said student Andrew Dulalia.
“But soon, after we practiced the routine several times, I was more confident and enjoyed it more.”
When asked if he would participate again if another line dancing event was planned, Dulalia said he would.
As well as RAs, members of the Village Council also plan events for residents.
Every Wednesday night, the Village Council meets at Village Square between 8 to 9 p.m. to discuss upcoming events on campus.
This provides an open forum for students to share their ideas to help RA’s plan more events for students.
If you have any suggestions for on-campus events, you can contact an RA from any Serrano Village building, or go to one of the Village Council meetings.