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On a Thursday…

August 3, 2017 | By More

It’s a Thursday night on the Carleton campus and you can just smell the desperation in the air. You hear the shuffling feet of students struggling to cram themselves into the too small 111 buses, the shouts of the frustrated ones at missing the O-train after running for what seemed like forever, the carefree laughter of those that live on the residences and the silent prayers of procrastinators whose deadlines seem to be fast approaching.

To the observant eye, this would seem the norm of students in the harrowing phase of undergraduate life in Carleton. While some love Thursdays, because it simply means Friday is just around the corner, others for the incessant drinking associated with the nighttime on Thursdays, this group on Carleton Campus use their love for music and partying to connect with students, building a community that overflows with love and support.

Known for its electric atmosphere facilitated by bright lights, captivating stage props, enchanting renditions of popular melodies, the Campus Rush movement is simply a group of rebels doing what they do best on a Thursday night.

The experience is forever stamped on the minds of visitors simply because it’s almost impossible to forget the animated inclusion of visitors by the welcome team stationed at the doors of the Kailash Mithal theatre. Armed with captivating smiles, glow sticks (sometimes candy if you’re lucky) and a décor in the lobby that is guaranteed to elicit a chuckle or two, these individuals make you fall in love with the movement even at the door, as the music caresses your ears.

The music isn’t confined to the walls of the theatre, as right from the tunnels or even the classrooms, the harmonious hitting of the right notes, the originality in the words of the songs and sometimes just the rhythmic thundering on the drums, will have you wishing you took dance classes seriously. With two albums released and a rap group taking the industry by storm, the music here isn’t restricted to the typical RnB genre. It makes combinations of Jazz, hip-hop, dancehall and the newest addition to the hip-hop subculture, trap music.

The leader of this movement, a 23-year old bass prodigy and an eloquent speaker, Kofi Dartey is a reiteration of every volunteer you encounter in this experience. He speaks with such passion for those he serves and throughout the meeting you almost feel as though you have a connection with him simply because of his humble demeanor. His interests in music, creative arts and the youth in general is reflected in every aspect of this movement.

So, the next time you’re stumped on Thursday night and exhausted at the constant in the Ottawa party scene, do stop by the KM theatre on the Carleton campus if anything, for an exciting session of dancing led by the charismatic Ryan Ofei and bone chilling renditions of songs like Yahweh led by the amazing Sewa Ayoola, deep poetry, hilarious plays and engaging conversations on what it is to be young and Christian in Ottawa.

Cynthia Mbala.
@CampusrushCu (Instagram and Twitter)
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