Big Bang Event this Saturday Night

BY JOSEPH CAPOZZO // APRIL 21, 2015 //

“It’s the biggest event on campus.”

So says La’Toya Bentick, who speaks from experience. The former president of the Curry Multicultural Student Union, which hosts the annual Big Bang show, graduated in 2014 but has returned to campus to serve as fashion coordinator and mentor for this year’s event on April 25.

This year’s theme is “UNITY: ALL Lives Matter,” which was inspired by race relation issues in Ferguson, Mo., New York and elsewhere. According to MSU president AJ Stephens, a senior communication major, the theme focuses on the fact that bullets don’t discriminate. All violence needs to stop.

Models Jaida DeCotea (left) and Unique Holley (right) wear Deviant ReBeL during last year's event.
Models Jaida DeCotea (left) and Unique Holley (right) wear Deviant ReBeL during last year’s event.

MSU has won “Club of the Year” honors in each of the last two years.

As always, Big Bang is a charity event open to all students. The student-run organization donates 100 percent of its proceeds to various organizations and non-profits; MSU donated $3,000 last year to groups fighting against youth bullying. According to Stephens, this year’s goal is to raise at least $5,000 for DOMUS: Love Lives Here, which is based in Stamford, Conn. The organization works with homeless youth on issues of health, education and life success.

“We’re using different promotion techniques, such as selling tickets at all of our events leading up to the Big Bang,” says Stephens. In addition, there are radio-related ticketing events and “pop-up” ticket sales opportunities in the Student Center.

The 8th annual Big Bang, to be held in the Student Center gymnasium, will feature its annual fashion show, with student models, and an assortment of live performances. “We have returning models helping to progress new models’ talents,” said Claudia Sentiger, co-chair of fashion and a psychology major at Curry.

Featured designer labels include LezBReaL, Zadon, Garconmanque` U.S.A, and Touch the Sky. Touch the Sky is one of the event’s main designers and sponsors.

Although MSU organizes Big Bang, many other students are volunteering their services. Students involved with Curry theatre productions, including senior Nick Doonan, are helping with stage setup, and senior Andrew Schneider and junior Emily Aronica are serving as event photographers. Big Bang will also feature a variety of vendors.

Tickets are on sale now ($5 for members of the Curry community; $10 otherwise), and they can also be purchased at the event. Doors this Saturday open at 5:30 p.m., with a pre-show at 6.

Big Bang Makes Some Noise

PHOTOS BY EMILY ARONICA // APRIL 16, 2014 // 

The seventh annual Big Bang fashion show and performance showcase took place on Saturday, April 12 in the Curry College Student Center. Hosted by the Multicultural Student Union, the event featured student models, performers and even a drag show. Moreover, money was raised for a pair of local organizations, including Boston vs Bullies.

 

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Big Happenings With a Bang

BY KENNETH SCOTT // APRIL 11, 2014 //

Curry students are bringing the noise to campus on Saturday, April 12, with the annual “Big Bang” showcase in the Student Center gymnasium.

The college’s Multicultural Student Union (MSU) has held the show since 2007. What started as a campus fashion show has grown into a talent showcase among students.

Each “Big Bang” raises money for a specific cause, with proceeds from the event going to a local nonprofit. Past causes including childhood hunger and Haiti earthquake relief. This year’s focus is on bullying, with most proceeds going to Boston vs. Bullies, a local nonprofit run out of the TD Garden.

“MSU wants to make people aware that bullying happens in multiple forms at all stages of life, whether it be work, school, etc,” said MSU president AJ Stephens. “Bullying has grown from being a problem to being a disease, and we want people to know that Curry College is taking a stand against bullying.”

Senior Michael Lockley, another coordinator of this year’s event, said he wants students to see that “Big Bang” is “more than a show.” Stephens agreed. “I want people to walk away from the ‘Big Bang’ saying to themselves and others, ‘Yes, we were entertained, but bullying is a serious issue. And Curry College is doing something about it, and so can we.’ ”

MSU secretary La’Toya Bentick, Vice President Roxanne Emokpae, and SGA representative Edgar Hernandez are leading the fashion show. They’ve pulled together designers and student models for the event.

MSU has also tabbed Performing Fusion Theatre, a Somerville-based company to perform a skit outlining the many different forms of bullying.

Raffles will be held during the event, as well as free items and give-aways. The event will be MC-ed by “Choppa Tha Beatboxa,” with music provided by DJ E-Ness. Local artists slated to perform include: Boston’s own AHMIR, Rey Royale, MikeAnthoni (Lockley), Matt Gamen, “Flyboy Dizzy,” Amaryllis Rodriguez, J-Delice, Pretty Poison, and LaQuandra Seymore. Lil Phunk, the official junior dance team of the Boston Celtics, is among this year’s performers.

The showcase is open to the public, with tickets costing $5 for Curry students and $10 for all others. Tickets purchased at the door will cost an additional $2. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with pre-show at 6 p.m. and the official beginning at 7 p.m.

Said Stephens, “This event is for Milton, for Boston, for everyone.”