The Collegian
Tuesday, February 27, 2024

White Panda jams in the Greek Theatre

Hot, sticky weather did not keep University of Richmond students inside Friday night when White Panda came to campus.

The Campus Activity Board-sponsored concert was held in the Greek theatre where the students filled the green steps with glow stick necklaces, some sitting on others shoulders for a better view.

"It was fantastic," senior Chelsea O'Neil said. "I've never seen so many people in the Greek theatre."

O'Neil stood at the bottom of the stage where students were gripping on to a fence set up as a partition between the band and fans and shaking it.

The electronic music group wore panda masks during the concerts. One member repeatedly approached students at the end of the stage to raise excitement and engage with his fans.

Usual favorites such as White Panda's mash up of "No Hands" by Waka Flaka Flame and "Stereo Love" by Edward Maya were played along with newer mixes.

"I didn't think there would be concerts like that at Richmond because it is such a small school," first-year student Catherine Galateria said.

Another first year student, Katie Thompson, said it had been a fun atmosphere, and that she had enjoyed the concert even though she did not know of the band before they came to campus.

Rachel McMullan, president of CAB estimated that 500 people attended the concert. She said she attributed the surge in attendance to CAB's advertising strategy, which included slipping a calendar under each dorm room door with a list of the organization's semester events.

Doors opened at 8 p.m. and the music started an hour later. Police officers stood at the entrance of the theatre, stopping students with drinks in their hands and asking them to finish them before entering.

McMullan said the concert was one of CAB's two largest events this semester. The next big event is the Harvard Sailing Team, a comedy group that will come to campus in October.

The band members enjoyed their pre-concert time in the North Court Reception room, but did not stay on campus after because of an early morning trip to New York the next day.

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