Apollo Night Concludes Black History Month With A Bang

By Vicky Schultz

Menlo College's Annual Apollo Night, a display of talents organized by the Black Student Union (BSU), took place on Thursday, February 27 and marked the conclusion of Black History month. Menlo students, faculty, and staff took to the stage to perform in various acts that included dancing, a capella singing, deejaying, rapping, and yo-yoing. Professors Craig Medlen and Frances Turner were both highlights of the evening, with Professor Turner getting the audience to sing along to an energetic rendition of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

At the end of the night a panel of judges voted on the best student performance. This year, Oakapella, Menlo’s a cappella performance group made up of Jacob Fohn, Regina Hernandez, Luamata Tagaloa, and Andy Camarillo, won the first place prize and a cash reward of $100. In second place were Savannah Dunaway and siblings Samantha and Cameron McLeod with a dance medley, and third place went to yo-yoers Demetrius Tipton and Khoo Kian Chew.

“The BSU worked hard to make Apollo Night what it was, and it was a huge success,” said Club President Katrina Ford. “We all had a great time planning and being a part of the fun and talented night!”

“This is one of the many events we look forward to each year,” added Vice President Jessica Mumford, who has been a member of the club all of her four years at Menlo. “It’s great to be able to showcase the many talents of the Menlo community. This is what the BSU was created for; to unite the black community and to educate our peers on the history of our people. We are already looking forward to next year’s Apollo Night!”

Apollo Night was the last of an array of events held throughout February to celebrate the important people and events that are a part of the African-American history. The BSU, in coordination with the Student Government Association and the Student Affairs Office, also hosted an informational event “My Black is Beautiful,” a Cupcake Give-A-Way, and the BSU Potluck.