March 31, 2011
“City of Dreams” Comes To Lake Erie College
Directly in line with President Michael T. Victor’s push for Lake Erie College students to “Get in, and stand out,” the school’s Black Student Union (BSU) will be hosting its 3rd Annual Fashion Show on Friday, April 1, at 8:00 p.m. in the Jerome T. Osborne Family Athletic & Wellness Center.
The fashion show, themed as “City of Dreams,” will feature the involvement of over 30 Lake Erie College students modeling and working behind the scenes. Students will be wearing clothes from local clothiers and sponsors including Deb Fashions and American Commodore Tuxedo. The “City of Dreams” show will also feature music from the official DJ of the Cleveland Cavaliers, DJ Steph Floss.
Three years ago, in its first few months as a student group, the Black Student Union was able to hold a fashion show that topped nearly every other non-sporting event in attendance that year. That was 2009, and 217 tickets were sold. The following year more than doubled the success, and over 500 were in attendance. This year the goal is to have over 700 people enjoy the show.
Lake Erie College is a small independent school, where it is common for students and administrators to try and grow ideas into whatever they imagine. In just the past few years multiple new areas of study have been introduced and new sports teams have begun competing. Students are the driving force, however, and any worthwhile cause can birth a new student group in a short period of time. In 2009, students noticed the lack of a minority connection and decided to give fresh life to the then-defunct BSU.
While students start groups quite often, they usually struggle to capture a following or host events. However, the BSU has surpassed the startup slump and continues to host events and retain members. The BSU has held a variety of events, such as clothing drives for charity, men’s and women's nights focusing on gender issues, movie nights focusing on college and racial issues, open microphone nights bringing students together and showcasing talents, HIV/AIDS awareness programs educating and promoting safe sex, and minority Greek nights giving students information on fraternities or sororities. All of these events are supported through volunteering and one significant fundraiser, the annual fashion show.
In the third rendition of the show, the BSU is sure to have a smooth and impressive event as a result of to the large amount of hours the entire cast puts into practice and planning. Students manage their practice time for the complex performance, balancing studies, life and personal issues, and they put on an exciting show each year. BSU President Shalah Turner expressed the goal of the BSU and the fashion show: “[BSU’s] mission is to bridge the cultural gap here at Lake Erie through education, service and awareness. The fashion show is for students of all races, and it brings us together for a great time. Our school is small and much like a family. Though we may all have differences, our goal is to find the common ground and build upon it.”