Homecoming Pep Rally celebrates students of color and Penn State pride
The People of Color Homecoming Pep Rally hosted by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC) Student Liaison Board had the HUB-Robeson Center’s Monumental Staircase packed with spectators on Thursday night.
The host and hostess for the evening were Khalif Dobson and Cleo Roseboro, with Julian Simmons — a.k.a. DJ Julz — behind the turntables.
The rally, titled “Pride in Our Community,” was opened with a traditional partner dance performed by the Latino Caucus Dance Team, followed by the Milly Rock Contest. Junior broadcast journalism major, Tateyana Frazier, won over the crowd with her moves and was announced the winner.
“I couldn’t let them appropriate my city like that… so I did it for New York,” she said after winning the $20 prize.
Crowd members were standing on tables and chairs at this point.
The Penn State Filipino Association also performed a traditional partner dance and even got crowd members to participate.
Shortly after, Mz. Peaches, decked out in shiny blue, performed a dance to “Countdown” by Beyonce.
The Dark Storm Step Team closed out the show with their step routine.
Taylor McMillian, a senior rehabilitation and human services major, thought the event was a great bonding experience for people of color.
“I thought the event was a great way for people of color at Penn State to just come together and just celebrate one another, unite and just embrace one another,” she said. “It was just such a positive environment…I felt ecstatic. I’m just speechless.”