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OSAD's "Dream Team" takes the block by storm

by By Paul Cifonelli - Contributing Writer
Tue, Sep 11th 2018 04:00 pm
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At around 2 p.m. on Friday Sept. 7, it looked like a normal day on The College at Brockport campus. Students were walking to and from class, squirrels were running around and the flags were waving. 

On a typical Friday afternoon or evening, the campus mall looks like a ghost town. There is not a soul to be seen and leaves are being thrown around in the wind. Fast forward to 4 p.m. on Friday and the scene on the campus mall was completely different. There was music blaring and people having a great time.

This scene was that of “The Block,” the kickoff event that the Organization for Students of African Descent or OSAD, put on. The campus mall was surrounded by caution tape, which enclosed this carnival style block party. Once the tape was in sight, there was a buzz felt that is not normally present on the campus.

Inside the tape was a small area with many smiling faces. Some of the entertainment the organization planned for the event includes miniature basketball hoops, sidewalk chalk, a water pong table, popcorn, snow cones and other snacks. Around 5:45 p.m. the contests and giveaways began. This led into the much anticipated performance of OSAD’s “Dream Team,” which is the club’s very well organized dance team. They “took the stage” at around 7 p.m. Their performance was as exciting and as electric as advertised. 

“Our dance team is really one of the things that attracts people to us,” OSAD President Daisia Farley said.

The dance team was the finale to what was a great event for OSAD, but also the black community at Brockport. These sentiments were shared by Farley and her fellow OSAD officers.

“It’s exactly the way I pictured. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be,” Farley said of the event. 

When walking into the event and looking around, everything seemed to be very well planned out. Officer Terrence Dickey echoed this message. 

“I love it. The vision came out great. Everything came out great,” Dickey said.

Now that “The Block” has been a success, OSAD is now looking to their second and final fall event. This event is called Black Out Weekend. Since their first event is just ending, the group will be working move fervently now on putting together and organizing Black Out Weekend. However, it have made some progress already but do not want to reveal too many other details.

“I can’t tell you what we’re going to do for Black Out Weekend but I can tell you it’s going to be lit,” Farley said of their upcoming event.

 Once again, Dickey did not reveal much more than the club’s president. 

“Definitely in the works … we’re going to try to incorporate new ideas because I don’t think this is something that OSAD has really done before,” Dickey said.

While it may be fruitless to speculate about what could be in store for Black Out Weekend, matching the energy from The Block may be tough to do. 

However, never put it past Farley, Dickey and the rest of OSAD to produce a spectacular event.

Dickey also encourages everyone to “pop out” for Black Out Weekend because the organization is looking to display inclusiveness and wants to see everyone have a good time at their events. The best way to contact OSAD with any questions is to email them at osad.brockport1@gmail.com.



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