Airbandz raises $21,000 for cancer research

By Willie Poll

Laurentian’s annual Airbandz event took place on Saturday Feb. 11, which consisted of eight teams competing to say that they are the best “airband.”

Each team had a six or less minute dance routine to a mash up of songs. The teams really had to bring it this year as each team had a large variety of costumes, acts, songs, and dance moves.

“I couldn’t believe how amazing it was, they all looked like professionals up there,” Rachel Weir, an audience member, said.

The event raised 19000 originally, however during the performance students were able to raise another $2,000 on raffles and last minute ticket sales to bring the total number up to $21,000 for cancer research.

The competition was hard this year and the judges needed extra time to determine the winners, however this year’s 2012 Airbandz winners is “The Hangover.” Following “The Hangover” came “TNT” in second, and “Old School” in third.

“There was a lot of rushing back stage,” Jaime Kearnan, a backstage helper, said. “Each team knew what they had to do and got it done fast, they had to changecostumes in a matter of seconds. I couldn’t even imagine the pressure of having to get dressed in 4 seconds or less but despite the stress and chaos, every team did amazing.”

This year a new award was introduced named after the founder of Airbandz, Michael “Dex” Brown. The award is given to someone who shows amazing spirit and is truly happy to be on the stage and raising money for cancer research. This year, the first winner ever, is Kelsey Anthony.

“I can’t believe I won the Michael ‘Dex’ Brown Spirit Award, I am honoured to be the first person to win this award, it’s just unbelievable. I cannot believe that in my first year I’ve been recognized for things that so many other people deserve, to be pointed out in a student body of 10,000 is the most unbelievable feeling in the world. I owe everything to the resident life staff, bull, Andy and every part of the staff as well as my RA Chad Scanladn for helping me get where I am today.”

This years 2012 Airbandz was a large success, bringing the total amount of money raised for airbandz in the past nine years to over $100,000.