Michael Woodworth

Equinox Staff


Lights flashing, bodies jumping and loud music resonated through the Mabel Brown Room in the L.P. Young Student Center on March 1.

Certainly a bigger venue than most, the Mabel Brown Room brought in waves of people to listen to the music provided by the local bands. Five local bands in the lineup to help raise money for the Ultimate Frisbee team.

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According to KSC senior Mike Sumi, a member of the team, they were trying to raise money so they could get into some more Ultimate tournaments.

The first band to perform was Narrow Escape, whose main members are Owen Davis on bass, George Robinson on drums and Andrew Johnson playing guitar. “It was like jamming out on stage,” Davis said.

Behind them was Jake McKelvie and the Countertops, consisting of McKelvie himself singing and playing guitar, Nick Votruba on bass, and Jeff Hall on the drums. “It’s kind of make or break here. Things have gone well here and things haven’t gone so well,”  McKelvie said.

The third band to go on was Manhattan Project, which consists of Chris and George Robinson, who respectively sing/play guitar and play the drums, while Dave Pastore rocks the bass.

Rounding out the lineup was Matt and the McCues.

A group of four guys, who all play acoustic guitar and claim to have no band name, filled in the gaps after a band just played so no one was just standing around while the band is setting up their equipment.

The crowd responded positively, counteracting their size, to the informal group. “I loved it, I thought it was a lot of fun,” sophomore Taylor Ciambra said.

Sophomore Sam Murray said he agreed but thought it was under populated. The room was under populated yes, but it didn’t damper the spirits of the students that showed up. “It went a lot better than I initially thought,” sophomore Dan Aune said.

The crowd size didn’t damper the spirits of the band members either. “This was the best MBR show we’ve had thus far,”  McKelvie said.

Michael Graham, a sophomore and a student center employee, explained the difficulty into putting a show like this together. “It’s a lot of anguish and hard work,” he said.

The Ultimate Frisbee team was looking to raise money so it could get into some more tournaments, which are usually held at other colleges or universities, including Northeastern, University of New Hampshire, Roger Williams, University of Massachusetts, and others.

Sumi said the team members would rather play Division III teams so they could stand a chance and win, but they do like the competition.

The team is heading to Georgia for the High Tide Spring Break Ultimate Tournament and needs money for gas, food and a campsite.

Ultimate Frisbee is the kind of sport not everyone comprehends easily.

“It’s kind of a combination of soccer, football and rugby,” sophomore teammate Kris Bucyk said.

The team holds its tryouts in the fall but anyone is welcome to practice and then go to the tournaments to play, according to Sumi.

Each tournament lasts about two days with roughly four to five games each day, running six to eight hours straight.

During the fall, the team plays mostly exhibition games with each other and in the spring, they go off to other schools to compete.

The team is hosting a tournament on April 22 on the Joyce athletic fields.

“We only have three teams so but we are looking for more,” Sumi said.


Michael Woodworth can be contacted at mwoodworth@ksc.mailcruiser.com

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