Approximately 1,000 students gathered in Munson Courtyard Friday night for Americoming: Red, Foam, and Blue, this year’s Homecoming dance. Dressed in American attire, students got down and foamy with music courtesy of disc jockey Zap.
The dance’s theme, Americoming, was created to enable students to feel interconnected and relevant.
“We were thinking about what students would be able to identify with,” said junior communication studies major Tayler Lund, one of the Communiversity campus life interns. “So what better way to do that than with America? That hits home for a lot of people.”
This would have been the first time that freshmen and sophomores experienced the wonder of foamcoming, but this was not the first time that foam has been incorporated into APU Homecoming dances. After the first time two years ago, Communiversity decided that it was so successful that it should be brought back.
“It was cool having the foam this year after hearing all the upperclassmen talk about how crazy the foam was before. I wanted to see what it was all about,” sophomore psychology major Lanae Lopez said. “I thought the theme was kind of random, but it was awesome to see how people were dressing up for it.”
Junior cinematic arts major Christian Sanchez expressed his love-hate relationship with the foam at the dance in his recent Facebook status.
“Two years ago, I had my first and only near death experience that forever changed the way I saw foam,” he wrote. “That day two years ago it became my one and greatest fear. Today, I was reassured that it is still in fact my greatest freaking fear. I am a survivor.”
Sanchez’s thoughts on the terrifying factor of foam were reciprocated by many other students as they screamed and punched to get out of the middle of it, exclaiming that they were “suffocating” and “drowning.”
However, the foam was an improvement the second time around, Sanchez said.
“They changed the position of the foam machines this year, which I think was a lot better,” Sanchez said. “The placement was better, and it was never fixed on you for too long.”
Unfortunately, the dance experienced some technical difficulties concerning the DJ and the music. Students were chanting to turn up the music as they felt the volume was quite low.
The technical difficulties allowed for the most American patriotism, Lopez jokingly said.
“When the music stopped for a bit, that was just like the government shutdown,” Lopez said. “Plus, when the music stopped, people were singing the national anthem and other patriotic songs.”