Bethel students 'do the Harlem Shake'

March 27, 2013 | 11 a.m.

Groups of students participate in the 30-second YouTube craze

Culture | Amanda Ahlm

Bethel students 'do the Harlem Shake'

The weight room Harlem shake featured over 20 freshman, sophomores and juniors. | Photo for The Clarion courtesy of RoyalsBU/Youtube

The "Harlem Shake" song has been ringing in people’s minds since the fad went viral.

The Harlem Shake videos, as seen on YouTube, are approximately 30 seconds long. Videos start with one person, and then the screen cuts to a crowd of people in costumes doing their interpretation of the Harlem Shake dance.

The Harlem Shake is an actual style of dance that originated in Harlem, N.Y. in 1981. According to a video called “Harlem’s Response to the Harlem Shakedown,” members of the Harlem community have responded to the YouTube phenomenon with negative feedback.

Despite potentially “doing it wrong,” Bethel’s own students have taken part in the YouTube sensation. Three Harlem Shake videos have been filmed on Bethel’s campus.

While some of the videos were advertised and planned thoroughly, sophomores Nathan Brubaker and Eric Eiter took a more spur-of-the-moment approach to their weight room video.

“For us, it wasn’t about how many views we could get,” said Brubaker.

“We were just sitting around looking for something to do on a Friday night,” added Eiter.

While getting views was not their intention, they have already racked up over 5,000 views on their video.

The 30 second video took very little planning. The group of over 20 students grabbed what they had for costumes in their rooms and headed over to the weight room just as it was about to close. The whole process, according to Brubaker took about 30 minutes.

On the other hand, the freshmen’s Harlem Shake video was a more planned out process, with a message sent out to the freshmen, giving details about the filming of the video in the BC. Because of their more calculated approach, this video had more people and more costumes.

“I think the freshmen’s video is super impressive because of all the costumes, but each one is unique and funny in its own way,” said Brubaker.

While the video is a good way to build community, and a fun way to spend time, there have been negative repercussions of Harlem Shake videos at other schools. Some videos, in an effort to take the trend to the next level, have resulted in school disruption and major damage of school property.

Because of this, some students, most recently a University of Alabama student, have faced potential expulsion for their Harlem Shake efforts.

The videos done at Bethel, however, have all been filmed after official school hours, as to not disrupt classes or events, and have not being destructive to campus property.

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