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Rave in Belk Library

Gorillas, glowsticks and Miley Cyrus

by Ashley Barnas,
  • Photos by Sam King

A gorilla with glowsticks wedged its way through the crowd. Students covered the circulation desk and squeezed themselves into every open space in the surrounding area. And then, Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A." blared through Belk Library and the scene became Elon's first rave.

From 10:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 21, Elon University's Belk Library was transformed. For that half-hour, students raved between the shelves, on the desks and all over the first floor. Students observed and filmed the scene from the floor above.

Students began to assemble in front of the library at 10 p.m. before the doors were opened for everyone to rush inside. Free pizza was provided for the homecoming event that may become annual after the evening's successful turnout.