Students rushed to hospital after GLOWbal
Sober up, or go home. No sentence was heard more frequently at Chapman’s third GLOWbal dance party Saturday night in the Harold Hutton Sports Center.
Chapman’s Invisible Children club, in cooperation with Chapman Radio, hosted the event in order to raise money for children in East Africa. DJ Slander, DJ Arcade, DJ EarlWill and DJ Carlos Serrano entertained the crowd with electronic music ranging from house to dubstep.
More than 1,000 students eagerly packed into the gym in white and neon clothes. They were illuminated by a black light that made attendees glow for a global cause. But only one and a half hours into the party, the excitement was overshadowed. As many as four cases of alcohol violations had already occurred by 10:30 p.m., some of those involving underage students, said Public Safety Sgt. Bill Herrin.
Herrin said there were more alcohol violations at this year’s event than last year, but Public Safety was unable to give an exact number of violations as of press time.
“I definitely can tell you that there were numerous alcohol violations [Saturday] night and that the fire department and paramedics were called several times,” said Sgt. Michael Kelley.
While Public Safety guarded GLOWbal’s entrance, members of the Invisible Children club did their best to keep everything under control.
“If you’re too drunk, we’ll throw you out at the corner,” said Brianne De La Ossa, a sophomore public relations and advertising major and member of the Invisible Children club, to incoming party guests.
All 1,200 tickets were sold, which Chapman Invisible Children president and junior integrated educational studies major Jack Jajewski said came as no surprise. The first 1,000 tickets were sold for a pre-sale price of $10 each and the rest were sold for $15 per ticket. More than $13,000 was raised, which exceeded Invisible Children’s initial goal by $3,000 and covered the cost of the event.
Proceeds from the ticket sales will fund projects in Central East Africa, including building a rehabilitation center for child soldiers, scholarships in Uganda and building radio towers in remote regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jajewski said.
“I came here for a good cause,” said Erika Sam, a junior psychology major. “And I had fun doing it.”