Malla 2013 features UD talent, local stars
Jamie Kuntz, A&E Editor
With finals creeping ever closer, University of Dallas students have found themselves scrambling to finish papers, turn in final projects and create last-minute study groups to prepare for those tests that they could have sworn were next week, not this week. As the stress level on campus reached dangerous levels, one thing became clear—everyone needed a break. This year’s Mallapalooza was the perfect occasion for students to temporarily put aside all the work and worries and have a little bit of fun.
“It’s a great event that brings all the grades together,” said junior Chibuzor Ejiaga. “It reallyensures that we enjoy ourselves. It’s very UD.”
The student bands Sweet Somethings and Dyl Pickles and the Rosebuddies kicked off the event, proving that UD students have talents outside of the academic sphere.
“It was way different to be performing up onstage,” said Rebekah Spearman of the Sweet Somethings. “It was really nice, because everyone at this school is so loving and welcoming.”
UD bands weren’t the only ones performing. Light Beam Rider, War Party, The Orbans and Wampire played throughout the night.
“I thought the event went really well,” said Alex Lebl, the SPUD music entertainment coordinator. “The bands were all awesome. Everyone was dancing and rocking out. I know I was.”
Elizabeth Guzman, a Student Activities intern, worked the merchandise table throughout the night, which sold things like T-shirts, CDs and even cassette tapes for those who will nostalgically use their old Walkmans. However, selling their merchandise wasn’t Guzman’s only interaction with the bands.
“I’ve talked exclusively with the bands,” she said. “They seem very hippy and rock star. I walked into the [Student Activities] office the day before Mallapalooza and they were asleep on the couches. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen. You never see rock stars snoring on the couches of Student Activities.”
Though Mallapalooza was a hit, it was shut down early when the cops showed up.
“Irving Police Department got a noise complaint from Tower Village,” explained Campus Safety officer Todd Walker. “At first they [SPUD] attempted to quiet the music, but IPD didn’t get the message.”
Despite—or perhaps because of—the snafu with the IPD, this year’s Mallapalooza will certainly be one to remember.