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Students dance to commemorate bookstore rock

The Weber State University Student Association put together a new event over the weekend to celebrate the newest monument to be placed on campus.

Last month, a large boulder was placed in the Tracy Plaza and etched with a giant ‘W’ to mark the 100th anniversary of the WSU Bookstore. WSUSA voted to partner with WSU Campus Stores to host a dance party at Tracy Plaza as a way to commemorate the new addition to campus. The bookstore donated most of the money to set up the event.

Abelardo Saucedo, vice president of Clubs and Organizations, came up with the idea for the event. Mandie Barnes, the leadership vice president for WSUSA, was one of the members who voted to host the party.

“I really supported it,” Barnes said. “I told my friends, and invited people and marketed a little bit.”

Barnes came to the event and stayed for about two hours. During that time, she said, everyone seemed to have a good time.

“Everyone was dancing,” she said. “The DJ was really fun; they threw out balloons and confetti, and gave out Pop Rocks to everyone.”

According to Saucedo, 350-400 people attended the dance. The party featured DJ Lishus, a light show and giveaways, with a Pop Rocks finale. There was also a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:45 p.m. to officially commemorate the new monument.

The idea for the dance came around two weeks ago. Saucedo said he felt the event was a success, considering its last-minute planning. He talked about the importance of students being aware of the new monument and what it symbolizes. He also talked about his desire to repeat the event in coming years.

“Students create new traditions every year,” Saucedo said. “But I hope having a dance by the rock every year becomes a new tradition.”

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