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f d d d f Shaking it up, MTU style JANE KIRBY Lode Writer At first it looks like a normal broomball game, with Tech students gliding around Blizzard T. Husky as he gets down in the middle of the rink. In another scene, students work hard at putting the finishing touches on their snow statue as a person in a panda suit dances in front of them. Next, a lone student dances in a foggy theater. Then, with the change of a scene, suddenly everyone is together in the middle, doing what is known as the Harlem Shake. When asked what the Harlem Shake came from, most students were lost for words. “I have no idea where it came from,” third year Scientific and Technical Communications major Erin Norton said. Likewise, Frank Vruwink, a second year environmental engineer, said, “I’m not really sure what the Harlem Shake is.” The Harlem Shake, although new to the Internet in the past month as the latest string of viral videos, is actually not News: Fighting fires with the Fire Dogs 3 Students gather on Delta Sigma Phi’s snow statue to take part in one of many versions of the MTU Harlem Shake. Photo Courtesy of YouTube an entirely new thing. In a recent article published online, National Public Radio asked Harlem native Jay Smooth, host of the hip-hop video blog called News: 3 Alumni confim rarity of snow closures III Doctrine, where the dance came from. Smooth said the original Harlem Shake has been around for decades already, since 1981. It can be traced back Pulse: 7 Witness the masterpiece “I Am My Own Wife” to “a street dancer named Al B, who used to entertain the crowd at the Rucker tournament,” a legendary basketball league in Harlem, New York. Opinion: 10 Snow closure policy in need of revision Smooth went on to say in the article that the dance was “brought into the mainstream” by his Harlem neighbor, Sean ‘P. Continued on page 5 Sports: 14 Basketball Huskies look ahead in preparation for NMU


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